In conjunction with the National Quartet Convention (the main reason we are going to PF), the Southern Gospel Music Association is holding a 5K, on Saturday, Sept. 27. Now, although I am very active, and enjoy a lot of sports, I have never been much of a runner. I do interval walk-run sessions occasionally to change up the exercise routine, but not very often. So when I learned about the 5K a couple weeks ago, I decided to train for a little bit before signing up! Just in case I couldn't do it :)
I found a training schedule online and have spent the last 2 weeks following that. It's coming along very well, and I'm actually looking forward to the run! I have had a couple companies jump in and help out with my training, but sending product for review. The first product I received is an ArmPocket. This is just like it sounds; an armband that allows you to carry items while running. I received the i-15, which is designed for iPod Touch with a slim case on, or a device of similar size.
I've used armband phone/iPod carriers before, but this is definitely the luxury model of armbands! The ArmPocket has memory foam padding, which ensures that it doesn't rub or irritate. The actual strap is vented, and the case, in addition to the memory foam, is also wicking-so you can run and literally not feel any discomfort while wearing an ArmPocket! I also like that the ArmPocket isn't just for your iPod/device; there are 2 pockets inside the zippered compartment that are perfect for holding cash, cards, driver's license, etc. I love being able to listen to my music while running, and also carry some cash to buy a nice cold water at the end of my training!
|Yes, I know there's no iPod-we used it to take the pictures!|
Another product I'm using a lot for training is an Ankle Compression Sleeve from Tommie Copper. As you may remember, I reviewed these some time back, and now that I've started running, it is a must-have piece of my gear. The first couple days of training I was really feeling it in my legs, especially the left ankle. However, by wearing the compression sleeve, it reduces the fatigue, and helps prevent injury.
These are just a couple items I'm using daily in my training; check back next Monday for news about how the training is going, and to see some more running products!