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Running with an iPhone 6+: Product Review MRB double pocket belt

Early morning of apple pre-order for iPhone 6 and 6+ I was quick to submit my order. Without much consideration of my lifestyle I picked the iPhone 6+. I was just naturally going to pick the biggest and best option since it’s a 2 year commitment, I want to maximize features. And then thanks to it being on back order I had a few weeks to second guess my decision with everyone I came in contact with. Rob had to hear my pros/cons multiple times at nauseum, thanks baby! 🙂 The dimensions were wigging me out and then #BendGate hit social media. I was glad to be getting the latest iPhone, but did I pick the wrong size? I couldn’t cancel my order so I would only be able to exchanged it once it arrived.

My lifestyle considerations for a huge phone like iPhone 6+ were the following:

  • Not being able to potentially put my phone in my back pocket for a couple of reasons: #BendGate and the fact that the phone is so huge hanging out of a back pocket, could it fall out or get stolen. Plus I couldn’t even put it in my pocket and sit on it like my older and smaller iPhone. This is an issue because being a mom, I’m accustomed to shoving my phone into my pocket, sitting on it, and not thinking about it. This would just be a change in behavior.
  • Which leads to what pockets in my purse and what purses will this huge phone fit into? Lots of measuring and I got through this one.
  • One handed texting and use of the phone. With my old iPhone I could text and use apps one handed, which was great when carrying things or our baby. Will I be able to adjust to a potential lifestyle of using two hands more often? The phone has some features to make one handed use possible, but still it’s big freakin phone.
  • Finally and the most important adjustment for me is running. I run with my phone for long runs and longer distance races. Can I even find a running belt to fit this thing? I LOVE my SpiBelt, but there was no way it would fit my original. The endurance sizing appears to be about .25 inches too small. I emailed the company asking if/when they will have a new model for iPhone 6+ and I have not heard anything back. When I searched online I found little options. I found a running belt that appeared to have the right dimensions so I ordered it and awaited my new phone, with fingers crossed.

When my phone finally arrived my worries melted away by its coolness. I was instantly hooked and was willing to duct tape the phone to my forehead if that is what it would take to run with it. 🙂 Okay, maybe not that extreme.

Note: I have my iPhone 6+ in a case from CaseMate, The Glam Collection in Clear/Champaign. I like a minimal case that allows the color on the back (gold) show through. I bought it in store at Best Buy. Here is the same case for the regular iPhone 6 for reference.

The running belt that I ordered is MRB (my running belt) double pocket belt from It’s double pocket is nice because that allows keys or fuel to be stored separate from my phone. The belt and clip are huge! It seems like a weight lifter belt, but it does fit comfortably. It doesn’t have a way to fasten a bib number like my SpiBelt, so I will have to pin my bib on my shirt or come up with another option. The iPhone 6+ is a snug fit (with my minimal case on it), but it does fit. Unfortunately that means it’s not easy to grab and take a quick picture mid-run so if I want to take pics I may only get those pre/post run. These belts are not water proof so I like to put my phone in a Ziploc baggie. I was able to make my phone fit with a ziplock baggie, but it took more work to get it to fit.

My first run with it was 3.5 miles which was at least long enough to decide if it is functional. I tend to like to have the fanny pack side on my back than my front. I noticed that the awkward shape of the phone caused the bouncing to be noticeable and annoying when on my backside, so I spun it around mid-run and kept it in front. The size of the phone puts the edge of it near the front of my hip. I’m not sure if long distance this will become problematic, but I didn’t notice it on this shorter run. If it does become a problem, I will update this post. Also, it didn’t bounce in the front so it went unnoticed while I ran.

I’m sure more accessories for iPhone 6+ will come out in due time, but I just couldn’t wait. I will post reviews if I try any other types of running belts.

If you have any product suggestions for running with iPhone 6+ please comment on this post. Or if you have any tips or recommendations for this phone in general, please post those too! Thanks! Happy running!! 🙂


More Cowbell


Monday (4/18):
26.2 Race (Boston Marathon, 3:32:25, 8:07 Pace)

Tuesday (4/19):
Rest – Driving

Wednesday (4/20):
Rest – Driving

Thursday (4/21):
3 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 28:04, 9:22 Pace)
1 Hr Yoga

Friday (4/22):
45 Mins Yoga

5 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 44:27, 8:54 Pace)

Saturday (4/23):

8 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 1:07:45, 8:29 Pace)

Just wanted to share with you all some of the sweet Boston items I got while we were there.

Cowbells baby! The Boston one was in my gear bag. The Niketown cowbell Rob and I received for dancing while on the escalator. Apparently our moves are worthy of a cowbell. That or they gave it to us to we would shake our cowbell instead of dancing.




Water bottle

Pilsner Glass

Boston Mug 🙂

I also added to my Starbucks mug collection. 🙂

I’ve gotten in some easy runs in the neighborhood and two yoga sessions. Each day I’m feeling less sore. I was telling my friends that I haven’t felt this worked since my first marathon. After 2010 Chicago Marathon, I had my heels on and was out and about later that day. After Boston I looked like a dancer in thriller with only half of my body still working. I’m so glad to feel the soreness fading and the easy runs allow me to daydream and soak in how amazing the Boston Marathon was. Like every marathon, the experience becomes a part of me, but Boston had that extra level of feeling, like being a part of history.


Plans in the Making


Thursday (12/30): 14 Miles Med-Long (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 1:55:42, 8:16 Pace)

Friday (12/31): 12 Miles Med-Long w/ 2 @ MGP (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 1:34:19, 7:52 Pace)

Saturday (1/1): 9 Miles Recovery (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 1:16:03, 8:27 Pace)

Sunday (1/2): 16 Miles Long (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 2:07:48, 8:00 Pace)

This week is a new weekly mileage record high with 70 Miles.

For my long run today I ate a Vanilla Orange Carboom! at mile 10 and it was not delicious. I was expecting a taste similar to a dreamcicle, but it tasted more like medicine. I will stick to the yummy Apple Cinnamon flavor next time.

Rob and I have been making plans for our 2011 adventures, which includes getting some races on the books. We are now planning to race Go! St. Louis Half Marathon in April.

It’s nice to start getting some races registered and on the books. More to come as more race registrations become available.



I’m trying out a new blog look. I’m also going to try posting my workouts that occur since my last post.

So here is what I’ve been up to:
Friday (12/17): 5 Miles Recovery (Treadmill, 2% Incline, 41:38, 8:20 Pace)
Saturday (12/18): 8 Miles Tempo (Treadmill, 2% Incline, 57:53, 7:15 Pace)
Sunday (12/19): 17 Miles Long (Treadmill, 1% Incnline, 2:19:11, 8:12 Pace)
Monday (12/20): 6 Miles Recovery (Treadmill, 2% Incline, 50:00, 8:20 Pace)

For Sunday’s long run I tried out some new fuel.

And all I have to say is YUM!!! I took this at Mile 10 and it tastes like the insides of an apple pie. I have another flavor to try, but I think this one may be my new favorite. It’s too soon to tell if my tummy will tolerate CarbBoom!, so I will keep trying it out in long runs.


adios amigos

No, not goodbye. Adios as in my kicks, the adidas adiZero adios.

They are light weight and provide my ankle, heel and arch with support, which can be hard to find in a lighter weight shoe. The laces are medium width and the material is scratchier than others, making them hold knots better than a standard lace. This is my third pair, so needless to say these have been my favorite shoe so far. During training runs I also rotate in a pair of adidas adiZero Bostons.

This week has been crazy busy. Rob and I celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary and Rob’s birthday! Happy Birthday Babe!!! 😀 Plus we’ve been swamped at work and house chores. I’ve rearranged my training this week, but I’m still getting my mileage in. Today I did a two a day with 5.1 Miles Easy outside in some windy conditions and tonight 11.25 Miles Easy on the treadmill with the incline alternating between 1-3%.


Mercedes Marathon Training: Week 6 Day 5

Today we got registerd for the USAF Half Marathon in September! We did this race last year and had so much fun that we knew we would do this one again in 2010.

This evening I got in 12 Miles on the treadmill. I tried out Jelly Belly Sports Beans in Watermellon flavor and they are so yummy! I’ve tasted them before at expos, but thought they would be too hard to manage while running. However, the packaging was easy to open and I just ate two at a time. They kept me busy for awhile cause I was enjoying them so one of my miles just flew by. They don’t stick to my teeth which is a bonus and they didn’t upset my tummy. I will be using these again on my next run.


Product Review: Clif Shot Bloks – Margarita

Product Description:
Bloks come in chewable, 33 calorie cubes, making it easy to customize and track caloric and electrolyte intake during long outings and races. Salt the rim – this flavor has 3X sodium to ward off muscle cramps.

My take:
A single packet has two servings (3 bloks each), making the package about twice as long as a GU packet. Not ideal for me since during race time I plan to have them pinned to my shorts. When I’ve had GUs pinned to my shorts I don’t even notice them hanging on. With these the longer length does cause more movement, but not enough to deter me. Although I only had one pinned on for a 10 mile run. I would probably be taking 2 for a full marathon, so that may prove to be too much.

The package had a punched whole at the top so I looped my saftey pin through this hole and fastened it on. The packaging is a thin plastic like gummy bear packaging in comparison to GU packets that are foil and more durable. Within just a half mile the movement caused the Clif Bloks to come flying off, definitely not good for race day. Perhaps if I don’t go through the hole and pin directly into the packaging that will be better. Doubtful based on the thin plastic, but I’ll give it a try.

So I ended up holding the Shot Bloks while I ran, which wasn’t a big deal. On my 10 mile run I took 3 bloks at mile 3 and the last 3 at mile 6. And the taste — awesome!! Like drinking a margarita in my book. The flavor is just right: lime, salt, margarita without being too much. The gummy of the block was the perfect consistency, soft and suprisingly didn’t get stuck in my teeth much. They didn’t make me feel thirsty, but I timed some sips of water not long after to help with digestion.

At this point the flavor outweighs the terrible packaging. Perhaps I’ll change my mind after fidgeting with them on more runs.

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Product Review: Yak Trax Pro and Under Armour Face Mask

To Yak or not to Yak, that is the question. I took my new Yak Trax out for their first spin today. I wasn’t sure if the road conditions were Yak worthy, the ice and snow was patchy due to lack of plowing in our neighborhood. I decided to give them and try and worst case I could take them off.

If you haven’t seen them before, they are a strong rubber netting that has metal coils wrapped around the netting. They stretch to fit over the bottom of the shoe. Like chains for tires, except for your feet.

They did feel different at first, but not a major change. The coils didn’t affect my feet or anything. I could tell a difference that I wasn’t sliding around like I would have in just shoes. Definitely worth the purchase.

Now for the Under Armour Face Mask, aka: Ninja Mask. It’s a thin, but insulated hood with a face covering that can be pulled up over the nose so only my eyes were exposed. I loved this thing! It smushed my nose some, but I could breathe well through my mouth and it really kept the air warm. When I got warmed up and would have my back to the wind I would pull the face part down to my chin. Then I would pull it back up when I had the wind in my face. I’m sure I looked like a running/ninja/burglar/crazy woman out there. It was fun 🙂 So glad I got this mask!