Tune Belt Review and Giveaway

A LONG time ago the gracious folks at Tune Belt sent me two belts to try, and they have been SO patient with me while I am just now getting around to writing my review/giveaway post!

 

Typically I really hate to run with anything in my hands, except for at runDisney races where I am constantly taking photos! But at other races, I much prefer to keep my phone in an armband or pouch of some sort. I have tried many different kinds over the years, and I really like what Tune Belt has to offer! First let’s look at on that goes around your waist:

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(By the way they have cases for Apple, Motorola, Samsung, Nokia, and HTC phones). I have an Apple iPhone 4s, with a lifeproof case over it. Here is where one of my FAVORITE features comes in: YOU DON’T HAVE TO TAKE YOUR PHONE OUT OF IT’S CASE FOR IT TO FIT!

That was one thing I always HATED doing with other cases, always worried I would drop my phone while it was “naked” as I took it in or out of my belt/arm band. Never fear, depending on the size of your case, there are four different sizes of pockets. A cool thing about the belt is that it also has a Velcro pocket in the back behind the case for a car key, ID, etc.

I typically don’t like things around my waist, but for someone who doesn’t like armbands or who needs the extra pocket room, this is a great sturdy belt for your phone. Also being able to look down and see my screen was great for changing my music, etc.

Adjustable to fit waist sizes up to 38”-42″ depending on how tightly the neoprene belt is stretched; Extenders are available for larger waist sizes.

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My favorite though is the sport armband they sent me, that is adjustable and can fit snuggly on my arm, while my phone is still iit’s case.  I can just pull my arm up to see what’s on the screen, and my headphones easily attach as well. This one is adjustable and fits 9″–17″ and an Armband Extender is available for larger arm sizes. Also, the cord flap securely stores and manages earphone cords.

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Not sure which size to get based on your phone? The website has a great guide to help you decide.

Who wants to win an armband or belt from Tune Belt? Just follow the instructions below in Rafflecoptor (read carefully!)

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Top 10 Workout Songs September

 

Hey guys! I hope you are having a good weekend! Here is a list for you of the top 10 workout songs for September according to www.runhundred.com (I love that they add in the BPM!)

Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer – Give Me Everything (Sidney Samson Remix) – 129 BPM

Nicki Minaj – Super Bass – 128 BPM

Switchfoot – Dark Horses – 83 BPM

Gym Class Heroes & Adam Levine – Stereo Hearts – 90 BPM

Lady GaGa – Edge Of Glory (Bare Noize Remix) – 140 BPM

Pitbull & Marc Anthony – Rain Over Me – 128 BPM

Nadia Ali, Alex Kenji & Starkillers – Pressure (Alesso Radio Edit) – 129 BPM

T.I. & B.o.B. – We Don’t Get Down Like Y’all – 92 BPM

LMFAO, GoonRock & Lauren Bennett – Party Rock Anthem (Russ Chimes Remix) – 129 BPM

Alexandra Stan – Mr. Saxobeat – 129 BPM

To find more workout songs-and hear next month’s contenders—you can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. You can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era-to find the music that best fits with your particular workout routine. Pretty awesome if you ask me!

A big thanks to Chris for telling me about this site!

*You can STILL enter my raffle to WIN one of two great running prize packs! Check out my raffle page!

QOTD: how do you choose what songs you run or workout to?

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I pick songs based on up tempo and what I like. Honestly I don’t even run with music that much!

Playlist Science

Hi everybody! My name is Katy and I blog at The Singing Runner!


I am thrilled to be a guest blogger for Heather today! I have been reading Heather’s blog for a while now and I am almost as obsessed with Disney as she is. 😉 Her recap for the 2010 Disney Half-Marathon was one of a few that I read before I decided to finally sign up and run it! I was scared to tackle my first half-marathon but I ran the 2011 Disney Half-Marathon this January in 1:56:20!

I’m currently training for my first marathon (Chicago!) but I hope to return to Disney in January to tackle the full marathon!

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As it may be implied by my blog name, I love singing and music in general. I am pursing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre and will be graduating this December, a semester early! While I no longer foresee myself pursuing a career in professional theatre (I’m looking to go to graduate school for Nutrition), music will always be a part of my life.

Go to any local or big race, no matter the distance, and you will see a lot of runners with iPods and headphones. For many runners, music is essential to their runs. While I am trying to not be so reliant on my music, I will admit, that the right songs help me push through my most difficult runs.

What if I told you that, by choosing the right music, that you could be a faster runner?

 

Well, this is sort of true. There are no guarantees, but there is a little science behind this.

It all boils down to Beats Per Minute, or BPM. Without getting too “music theatre major” on you 😉 BPM measures the tempo, or pace, of music. There are different tempos and time signatures for music and it can change throughout a song. However, to keep it simple, we will define BPM as “the number of beats occurring in 60 seconds.”

So how many BPM should you aim for in a song and how do you measure it?

Here’s an example. Let’s say someone is looking to run an 8:00 mile, -that person would shoot for music with around 170 BPM. Some examples of songs with around 170 BPM would be “Paper Planes” by M.I.A and “Livin on the Edge” by Aerosmith. For every beat, you should be taking a stride. If you stay at this tempo, you should have around an 8:00 mile.

There are many tools out there to help you figure out the BPM for your favorite song. There is the tap test, where you listen to 60 seconds of your song and tap for every beat.

 

However, to keep it simple, there is an AMAZING website that I came across recently that does all of the work for you! It’s called jog.fm and it is as simple as 1,2,3! At the home page, you put in your desired mile time and it spits out a whole playlist of songs. You can also find music for spinning/ cycling and walking!

The playlist has different genres of music from hip hop/ R&B to country to alternative! I highly recommend this site if you are looking for new music for your running playlist!

So there you have it! Running and music can go hand in hand!

If you have any questions feel free to come by my blog and say hi (I love connecting with other bloggers!), send me a tweet, or post on my Facebook page!

Happy Running!

 

What are your favorite workout songs?

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Tomorrow I am running 8 miles, in the cold, and I am SO excited because I have a new ipod playlist I am hoping will give me a little boost. Here is just a sampling of some of my fun songs!

Bananas-Gwen Stefani
Crazy-Britney Spears
Fighter-Christina Aguilera
Hey Baby-Gwen Stefani
Stronger- Kanye West
Stomp- Kirk Franklin
Life of Praise-Casting Crowns
Livin La Vida Loca-Ricky Martin
My Life Would Suck Without You- Kelly Clarkson
Party in the USA- Miley Cyrus
Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy- Big n Rich
SexyBack- Justin Timberlake
Sin Wagon- Dixie Chicks
Single Ladies- Beyonce
So What- Pink
Womanizer- Britney Spears
Work It- Missy Elliot

Ya ya I know it is kind of a random mix, but I am going to try it out. All these songs have a good beat, so hopefully I will run fast! Any additions I should make?
I am going to wear my nice warm long sleeve running shirt from runningskirts.com tomorrow.It keeps me ssoo warm. I will take pictures of it tomorrow. I highly reccommend it! I am also going to wear my C9 champion pants I got at target. You will just have to come back tomorrow to see!