Koala Clip Review
Gear Review, Running

Koala Clip Review

What is a “Koala Clip”? A common question if you read the title. Another common and relevant question is “how can I hold my cell phone while running?

Much like it sounds, Koala Clips can hook into the back of a sports bra or on the side of shorts to hold your phone, or even money, credit cards, or a gel. You don’t have to be female to use one and they easily hook onto the side of shorts or pants too.

Koala Clip Review

Several years ago, armbands were what people used the hold cell phones. The thing about armbands is that they cause you to become unbalanced while balanced. Whichever arm uses the arm band will ultimately become stronger because it has something around your arm. Since cell phones have only gotten bigger, it’s become increasingly difficult to create an armband that isn’t cumbersome and awkward to run with.

Koala Clip was created when the founder Kristina learned to sew. She dreamed it and created it. The name, Koala Clip, was inspired by mama Koalas carrying their babies on their back for efficiency.

I’ve known Kristina for many years and it’s been fun to see the evolution of Koala Clip. She now has two types: “Koala Clip Original” and “Koala Clip Lux,” and even has an ambassador team. I have two of the original Koala Clips (a purple and a grey). I have enjoyed seeing her process and growth. The older I get, the more I prefer to support friends and local stores doing their thing over big businesses.

The major differences between the Original and LUX are:

  • The Koala Clip LUX comes with an internal card pocket to carry cards and cash separately from your phone.
  • The Koala Clip LUX outer material is a spandex/nylon blend and feels more like a sports bra. The Koala Clip Orginal uses mesh/jersey.

While I’m not an ambassador, Koala Clip is a product I genuinely like and have used for years. It simply hooks into the back of a sports bra. It doesn’t have to be a racerback and it can hook into anything from a T back, racerback, or strappy back. In the several years, I’ve used it; I haven’t had a sports bra it hasn’t worked with.

What can the Koala Clip Hold?

Each Koala Clip pouch can hold your phone, cards, keys and even a few gels. The more you add to it the bulkier it will be though, if you are worried about how it will appear on your back.

Koala Clip

Can a Koala Clip Hold my “Massive Phone”?

The answer is yes. There are several sizes, including medium, large, and extra-large. The Koala Clip is designed to hold your phone, plus more. I have a thick otter box on my phone and fits comfortably with plenty of room for fuel.

Is the Koala Clip Waterproof?

You cannot go swimming, but I’ve run in the rain and been ok.

How Do I Wash It?

Finally, you can easily clean them and run in the same load of laundry as your socks. Just let them air dry versus dryer.

Koala Clip

In use:

While running, I often forget I have it. It doesn’t bounce, move or chafe. When I was marathon training last summer, I used Koala Clip to hold fuel as well as my cell phone without sticking them in my pocket. I wish I had stuck my fuel for the 18.12 Challenge in a Koala Clip because it ultimately fell out of my pocket during a race.

So if you’re looking for a noninvasive way to hold your cell phone, fuel, or card, I recommend thinking about Koala Clip. I’ve hooked into my sports bra as well as on my shorts and never had an issue. I haven’t had a time that it’s caused me an issue.

Many local running stores carry Koala Clip, but you can also find them here.

You can see more product reviews here.

Question for you:

How do you hold your phone while running?

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Nike React Infinity Run Shoe Review
Gear Review, Running

Nike React Infinity Run Shoe Review

Nike React Infinity Run Shoe Review

To me, the Nike React Infinity Run is classified as a social media shoe. Since the release of the Nike, React Infinity Run a couple of weeks, I’ve gotten more questions about it. Is it the best ever? Is it great for me? The list is endless. Except for the carbon plated shoes, in the last two weeks, I’ve gotten more questions about Nike React Infinity Run then all of the rest of the shoes in the entire running industry-combined!

Nike React Infinity Run Shoe Review

So what is a social media shoe?

Social Media shoes are the shoes that are super “hyped” the most before release. Typically it’s either a Nike or adidas shoe, although there have been some from Asics and Brooks that have been marketed extremely hard. Remember the launch of the Brooks Levitate? The same person who helped Starbucks Pumpkin spice Lattes helped the Brooks Levitate. Brooks did a great job and for a debut shoe, it did well.

Nike React Infinity Run Shoe Review

Just keep in mind, not every shoe works for everyone, so I think these social media shoes do a disservice to the running community. The biggest way to know if the Nike React Infinity Run is good for you is to go to your local running store and get your gait looked at.

Like many things, if Nike says it’s the Nike React Infinity Run is “the best ever,” people will think it and buy it.

The Nike React Infinity Run shoe is like any other running shoe. It’s not the best ever, it’s not the worst ever, and it only works for certain foot types. The Nike React Infinity Run shoe does have a lot of cushioning to it. I am wary of any brand that says: “the shoe is designed to keep you injury-free”.  No shoe will do that, but how you train in a shoe will.

Nike React Infinity Run Shoe Review

Nike React Infinity Run Quick Facts:

Weight: 9.6 ounces

Heel to Toe Drop: 9 mm

Nike React Infinity Run Fit:

The Nike React Infinity Run features a single layer of Flyknit Upper. It gives the Nike React Infinity Run a streamlined fit and sleek look. Like most Nike shoes featuring the Flyknit material, it’s stretchy at the front with micro-perforations to help the shoe breathe well.  In wet conditions, the Nike React Infinity Run can get soggy and heavy.  Similar to the first edition of the Nike 4%.  While the Nike React Infinity Run Shoe has plenty of traction for the rain, due to the upper material, it’s not my first choice for inclement weather.

Interestingly, the Nike React Infinity Run shoe doesn’t have a traditional tongue. The elastic tongue stretches over the top of the foot and keeps the shoe’s one-piece construction.  If you have a higher instep, the Nike React Infinity Run shoe can accommodate that.

The fit of the Nike React Infinity Run Shoe is narrow through the arch and wider in the forefoot. Nike also has a pull tab instead of a traditional heel counter to make taking the shoe off easy (but seriously always untie your laces).

Finally, something to keep in mind is Nike only included four eyelets. This minimizes the ways you can lace the shoes.

In running shoes, I typically wear between a women’s size 10-11 wide and have found the 11 of the Nike React Infinity Run to fit the best.

Nike React Infinity Run Shoe Review

Nike React Infinity Run Ride:

According to Nike, the Nike React Infinity Run shoe is designed to reduce injury.  As I mentioned, I hesitate when a company says a shoe is great for “injury prevention”. There isn’t going to ever be a shoe that prevents all injuries.

Realistically, the Nike React Infinity Run Shoe is just an updated version of the Nike Epic React. Since they changed so much, they gave it a new name. Nike claims the Nike React Infinity Run Shoe has 24 percent more React foam than Epic React Flyknit 2. More foam=more cushion.

So what is the deal with the Nike React Foam?

The nitty-gritty details are the Nike Running React Foam is a combination of two polymers found in running shoe cushioning:

  • (TPE) thermoplastic elastomer
  • (EVA) ethylene-vinyl acetate

Together, the two make the Nike React Infinity Run have a soft and springy ride.

The Nike React Infinity Run has a midsole designed in a rocker shape. The rocker geometry is most similar to the curve of the Nike 4% shoe.

What does the rocker do? The rocker in the Nike React Infinity Run encourages a forward lean.  According to Nike, this promotes a natural and forefoot strike.

When running in the Nike React Infinity Run, I felt the curve and found it rolled smoothly from heel to toe. I expected a giant marshmallow under my foot with the amount of React foam, but it felt like a smooth ride and responsive.

I’ve run a few runs in the Nike React Infinity Run, including a short tempo run, easy run, recovery run, and a quick workout. Truthfully I’m not sure where it fits in my rotation. I like how fast I feel in the Nike React Infinity Run, but I like flatter shoes for workouts.

While there is no stability piece to it, the wider base of the Nike React Infinity Run makes the shoe more stable by nature. Unlike the Next %, you don’t feel like you’re going to roll an ankle with one wrong move.

Nike React Infinity Run Shoe Review

Nike React Infinity Run Conclusion:

I like the Nike React Infinity Run and it’s a good shoe. I struggle with where it fits into my shoe rotation. I caution anyone who thinks a shoe is going to keep them “injury-free or healthy” because there is no shoe that will do that. That being said, there is plenty of cushion which most people can benefit from. It’s neither the best nor the worst shoe out there, but it does get the most social media attention for a trainer.

If you are looking to replace Nike React Infinity Run with something else the Brooks Levitate 3, Brooks Ricochet 2, or Saucony Ride ISO 2 are all good options.

Current Rotation:

Easy/Daily Runs: Mizuno Rider Waveknit 3New Balance 1080 v10, Diadora Mythos Blushield Blushield Hip 5, Hoka Bondi 6Asics Cumulus 21

Speed Work: New Balance FuelCell RebelReebok Float Ride Run fast Pro, Nike React Infinity Run

Long Runs: Brooks Ricochet 2 Shoe ReviewNew Balance FuelCell RebelAltra Escalante 2.0, Hoka Cavu 2

Races: New Balance Fuelcell 5280Nike Next%,  Reebok Run fast Pro 

You Can See All Current Shoe Reviews Here.

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Questions for you:

Have you tried the Nike React Infinity Run Shoe?

What is your current favorite shoe?

19154 5k
Running, Training, Training Sub 1:25

19154 3 Mile Race: 19:14/6:24 per mile

19154 3 Mile Race: 19:14/6:24 per mile

Last weekend I ran the 19154 5k. The course was short. I’m all for making progress, but it would seem fishy if the last time I ran a 5k was 20:33 and now I ran a 19:14. Not impossible, but I would have to make huge fitness gains. The 19154 5k is a challenging course with a few hills towards the end, plus a lot of turns. 19154 is the area code and the race is designed to show your highest allegiance to your area code.

Or for other locals like me, who just wanted to run a 5k. Even after looking, running, and typing this post, I’ve had to look up 19154 to make sure I got the right area code.  Which…I didn’t at first.

Anyway, to the 19154 5k. The race itself ended up being exactly 3 miles. So even though it wasn’t a true 5k, I was able to get a good gauge of my fitness.

My husband and I arrived to the 19154 5k around 8:15. The race started at 9:15. We signed up, got the last two t-shirts, then did a 3-mile warm-up. It was difficult to find spots to warm up since the race was on a busier highway.

19154 5k

The 19154 5k started at 9:15, and it went off on time. In the beginning, there were a lot of people who took it out fast. I thought, “wow, I know I’m not in my best shape, but there are so many people ahead of me.” I repeated to myself: “run your own race, run your own race.”

The first mile went around a few turns.  I crossed a race course clock at 6:07 and my GPS watch went off about 15 seconds later with 6:22. Another race director who was at the race, told me the course was typically short so I hoped it would be at least 3 miles.

The next mile went up and down several steep hills. I never felt like I got a rhythm.  During the second mile, I passed 2 females who were running side by side. I didn’t know what place I was in and assumed somewhere between 2-5.  I crossed the second mile in 6:19 and was proud.

The final mile was hilly. I told myself, just a few more minutes. For every downhill, there was an uphill. It didn’t feel like I was pushing myself the “hardest ever” and could continue at the pace for another mile. The hills and the turns beat me up, but my body felt fatigued, but I also felt strong. We can around the final turn and my watch beeped 3 (with a 6:30 last mile).

I crossed the finish of the 19154 5k in 19:14, which averaged into 6:24 per mile.

19154 5k

19154 5k Thoughts:

I’m pleased with my effort at the 19154 5k.  Even though it wasn’t a full 5k, I was able to get a good gauge of fitness. If I had raced another .1, I know I would have snuck just under 20 minutes, which is nearly 40 seconds faster than last time I ran a 5k.

19154 5k

I’m looking forward to making more progress and being around 19:14 again in a 5k, and then faster.

Questions for you:

Have you ever run a short race?

What is your favorite distance to run?

 

Safety Skin Review
Gear Review, Running

Safety Skin Review

During the winter, more often than not, I start my run in the dark. By the time I’m done, it’s usually light or getting light. Staying safe while out is an important concept to me (as it should be to everyone). A couple of years ago, I discovered Safety Skin, which has been great for the weather lately. Continue reading “Safety Skin Review”