*I’m a Runner* (Plus Backing Bia Sport and Ibex Momentum Review)

I am a runner.  I am a runner.  I am a runner.

Wearing Ibex Momentum Jacket – see running trail along the Yellowstone River behind me!

I have to continue stating that to  myself to let it sink in because, quite honestly, I am not a natural runner.  I don’t have a “runner’s body”, I am certainly not breaking any records with speed, I would much rather be in a body of water any day, and running while pregnant (which has been a large part of my life for the last few years) is completely impossible for me.

So, why bother?

Because it makes me feel good.  It makes me stronger.  I am “addicted” to the rush of endorphins, and it is a great catalyst for keeping me in shape for other adventures.

But, more importantly, my kids see that running (which I do at 5 am so it is “me” time instead of “push the massive double stroller time”) is an integrated part of my life (among other activities.)  I want to be an example of healthy living for them.  Later in life, I want it to be natural for them to turn to exercise instead of (insert questionable outlet here.)  I want them to see that anything is possible, challenge is good and hard work pays off.

And, so I run.  I am a runner.

As is often the case in our family, Mtn Papa helps challenge me.  He IS a natural runner and gave me for Christmas (7 months ago….) the tools to begin Jeff Galloway’s Run-Walk-Run Method.  I am hooked on the fact that this “non-runner’s-body” is successfully running longer and longer distances injury and pain-free.  If the method is new to you, definitely check it out.  It’s for EVERY runner (not just the struggling ones! :))

While this is never something I do on the blog, I wanted to introduce you to a cool gadget in the works that I have NOT yet tried, but certainly has my vote.  In fact, it really needs your vote too.  Bia Sport has a new GPS watch that attempts to answer everything that Garmin is lacking (following list taken from their site).

  • Safety system for peace of mind on solo workouts
  • Quick-connect GPS; no more time wasted “finding satellites” even in the city or on a cloudy day.
  • Data to your online training log; no more time wasted “sync’ing”
  • iPod-like ease of use; just one button and a touchscreen
  • Water resistance to 100M; full GPS tracking when you swim

Designed by two athlete moms (Sylvia and Cheryl) realizing that they wanted something MORE than what their Garmins could offer for training.  They put their minds together, talked to buckets of other women and came out with what seems to be a product that could change women’s training.

What I am excited about:
– Simple 1-button so you spend more time training (and less time figuring out the technology!)
– Small, light and built to fit any women’s wrist
– Go-Stick which adds on GPS capabilities.  (Sold separately.)  <– Two pieces means less bulk on your wrist AND more accurate data.
– Designed to be able to wear all day long (not JUST for training).
– Safety system that calls your emergency number with one push of a button.

Want to hear what others are saying about it?  Check it their press releases here (so many great inputs and opinions!)

The Kicker – on Kickstarter! 🙂
Bia isn’t actually in stores yet.  In fact, they are working to help raise $400,000 of support pledges over at Kickstarter by the end of the day on July 13th.  That is what it takes to get this beauty to market and every dollar helps.  If they are just ONE dollar short by that time, that is it.  It will never be on the market (talk about nerve-racking!)   We believe in Bia and have made our pledge.  If you think this is great, join us!  I am keeping my fingers crossed it makes it to market (because I want one! :))  Go here to learn more and make your pledge. 🙂

Ibex Momentum Jacket $199
While we are talking running gear, I just had to put a plug in for my new favorite active-wear jacket.   Early mornings are still cool here (whew….) which means I usually at least have a jacket with me.  This one is awesome.  It’s uber light and breathable to allow for movement, sweating and comfort when conditions change (wind, rain, etc.)  Ibex is a company all about merino wool (which we are HUGE fans of) and the Momentum is lined with New Zealand Merino Jersey which helps with comfort (so you don’t have recycled poly against your skin.)

The pockets (at sides and on arm) are perfect for all those running gadgets too (ipod, GPS, etc.)

The price-tag is a little jaw-dropping, but you definitely get what you pay for.  This is my go-to jacket for hiking, running and every-day cooler-weather wear.
Please note that this jacket runs very small.  Order a size up (in both men’s and women’s.)  

While Ibex provided me with the Momentum Jacket for review purposes, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly my own.  Additionally, some of these links are affiliates to offset (in a VERY small way) the cost of this blog.  See our full disclosure here.

10 thoughts on “*I’m a Runner* (Plus Backing Bia Sport and Ibex Momentum Review)”

  1. Hooray for you! I LOVE to run (unlike skiing, it takes so little gear). My brother got me started on run-walk-run about 5 years ago. He does not have a natural runner’s build, but completed the LA Marathon in a good time with run-walk-run. He passed many people who were just running.

    This is a funny story: Last weekend, I signed up for a 5k. My husband who NEVER runs (just bikes) decided to join me. I was ahead of him the entire time and feeling pretty good. Wouldn’t you know he crossed the finish line just 10 seconds behind me?!? That bothered me a little. But then come awards time, he got 2nd in his age group and I got….3rd! Yep, I beat him, but in the end he beat me. Grrr. :0)

    Keep it up Amelia! Running is awesome!

  2. The Bia watch looks awesome – I wonder if the GPS is reliable enough that I could use just the watch when I’m way out in the “boonies” instead of having to pack along my (kinda heavy) SPOT Connect? And great post, BTW Amelia 🙂

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