When my foot went on strike last fall, my beloved Soleus GPS Fit that carried me through many, many miles took a break too. She hibernated In my top dresser drawer, where special birthday cards, headbands, my expired passports, and other stuff that I want to keep (or more accurately, don't want to lose) goes to hang out.
Once I started running again, I knew she had to stay in not-junk junk drawer. Comebacks alone are hard enough; comebacks, where I can monitor my progress with every step, can be excruciating. So I wore my Soleus Dash, a streamlined sportswatch, and used it to time my run/walk intervals and my overall run. Ignorance was bliss because I was moving forward on my own two feet, and a mile is a mile, no matter how long it takes.
I could've lived with that situation longer, but then Soleus, a company that makes affordable, adorable, and accurate GPS' and other timepieces, just had to introduce two new GPS'.
And like any good mother runner, I had to bite.
First up is the Soleus GPS One, which is as simple and streamlined as a GPS can get. Push a button, it tracks satellites in the sky. Run. It beeps when you have run a mile (or kilometer, for the other 99% of the world), it tracks your distance, pace/speed, and calories burned. Push a button when you're done. Review your data. The data clears. Start again tomorrow.
The One does not record your runs—it's basically a stopwatch with a GPS—so if you're the type that wans to document every mile, this probably isn't a great fit. for you But if you're a runner who lives in your present run, the One is a perfect tool—and at just $79, a mother of a deal.
(Or another way to put it: the One creates run that leave no trace. If you have a great one, write it down. If you don't, no harm, no foul. Tomorrow's another day. By the way, for these exact reasons, I am crushing oh the One these days.)
Next up: The new and improved Soleus GPS Fly, which is an update on my beoved Fit. (No wonder I like the Fly so much! It's like coming home.) The Fly records, natch, how fast you're flying: speed, distance, pace. You can also count your calories, and customize the data you see. The Fly does record runs (up to 30) and can be downloaded so you can study your data to your heart's content.
And this is also a sweet deal: just $99. (Seriously? Yes.)
As much as I love both the Soleus Fly and One and the data they provide, I equally adore the sayings Soleus puts on the back of each device. Not only are the sayings sassy and smart—If you can read this, you're not running, reads one—but it also shows that Soleus as a company pays attention to the details. And whether you're a runner (4 intervals vs. 8 intervals?), a mother (where are the shoes? the cheese stick? the playdate's address?), the details make the difference.
We have one Fly and one One to give away to two lucky, random mother runners. In order to win, let us know what short, sassy phrase you'd write on the back of your Soleus GPS. Please write it in the comments below.
Thanks--and by the way, if you can read this, you're not running.
If you can't wait for the winners and want to nab one now, use code AMRSOLEUS15 at Soleus checkout to save 15% on all Soleus products. (Yes, your GPS will cost significantly less than a new pair of shoes.)
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of United States and Canada. Part of a series of weekly running giveaways, it begins on 7/22/15 and ends on 7/29/15. We will announce the random winners on our Facebook page on 7/30/15, as well as notifying the winners by email. One entry per person. The value of each prize is $79 or $99. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.