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R is for… Running (Or, Getting Off the Couch With Gear Beast)


Running1When the good people at Gear Beast wrote and asked me if I wanted to sample their armbands and other gear, my first thought was: These people don’t know me at all. After all, my idea of a workout is lifting my toddler off the floor… to see if he’s sitting on the Roku remote, of course.

But then I thought, this review gives me the perfect excuse to leave the kids with my husband and indulge in some quality alone time. Plus, this pink armband thingy makes me look like I occasionally exercise. Like I’m ready to run with the big dogs — the neighborhood moms with toned calves and cool running shorts. OK, I said. I’ll give it a try.

And so, I strapped the pink iPhone holder to my arm, turned on my workout playlist, and took off. As I ran, I had the following thoughts:

  1. This playlist is pretty awesome. Hello, Chemical Brothers and Prodigy! Why haven’t I listened to this playlist in, like, 6 years? Oh yeah…IMG_1757
  2. Check out the suit the dry cleaner just left on that guy’s front door. Is that Armani?

  3. Has it really only been two blocks?

  4. When did everyone in the neighborhood get a dog? Is there a town ordinance that everyone must walk them at the exact same time?

  5. These sneakers are clearly the wrong size. Which means the last time I bought sneakers was… before I was pregnant.

  6. Has it really only been three blocks?

  7. What’s with all the Blue Man Group on this playlist? What was I doing six years ago?

  8. This lady really needs to mow her lawn. There could be a dead body in there, and no one would ever know.

  9. Is it time to turn around yet? How about now?


As a mom, it occurred to me these armbands would be great for running while pushing a jogging stroller. Because we moms are all about convenience — and taking advantage of those naps to work in a little “mommy time.” Speaking of convenience, Gear Beast also sent along a gear wallet that holds your credit cards, phone, and keys while running. Talk about multi-tasking!

My run was surprisingly exhilarating. My one issue with my Gear Beast armband was not being able to access the volume control or touch screen to change the song. (How much Grand Funk Railroad can a girl take?) Which I realize is the definition of First World Problems, but would have been nice. Fortunately, it appears as though the company has addressed this in a future design, the Silicone Sports Armband, which gives you access to all these good things.

All this gear has gotten me back into the running groove. Hopefully my new enthusiasm will last — at least long enough for me to make a new playlist.

Disclosure: Gear Beast provided free product samples in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own. 

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  1. Sounds like a handy product! Similar thoughts would be going through my mind while running through my neighborhood. I wish I was a runner! With the fresh air, scenery, and exercise, it should be appealing to me. But I just can’t seem to get there. It awesome you’re getting back into the groove though!

  2. Sounds like a great product! I have Unwritten Law and The Offspring on my running playlist. Love your running thoughts. =)

  3. That sounds like a perfect product to wear to get back into running…

  4. Hehehe someone bought me one of these for a gift awhile back, they do seem pretty handy and cool for those who enjoy running, but mine is still in its packaging sitting in my office somewhere. Maybe one day I will take it out for a stroll 😉

  5. I’m so excited for you!! You did it! You went for a run and that is awesome. Your post is hysterical. Good to know that I am not the only one wondering how long i have been running for…if I’m done it over yet. HELP ME.

    Now you can take two weeks off because you ran! I’m sure that is how the math works out.

  6. That’s great that you started running again. It must be great for you and your kids to find some “me” time. Our blog has an article about that. You can find it here:

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