My Favorite Running Gear
One of the great things about running is that all you *really* need is a pair of sneakers and the beautiful outdoors. I think that’s what makes running such an attractive activity - anyone can do it, virtually anywhere at anytime.
When I trained for my first half-marathon, I went to my local sports store and they fitted me for which sneakers worked best for my foot shape, stance, and running form. Once I knew that, and bought my first pair at the store, I now just go to Running Warehouse to buy replacements at discounted prices. They sell older models, unpopular colors, etc. but their prices are great. One other “must have” I would add, now that they are widely available and priced well, is a fitness tracker with GPS. It’s so helpful to have your watch calculate the length and time (and heart rate, elevation, calories burned, pace) of a run so you don’t have to constantly be doing math in your head on which route to run. I have a Fitbit Blaze but I’m hoping to get a Garmin Forerunner soon, as I think Garmins are more accurate from what I’ve experienced.
There are, of course, lots of great additions to sneakers and fitness trackers that can make your workout more enjoyable. For instance, unless you’re running in a nude race (they exist!) you’ll need clothes and something to hold your phone (for safety and music) and any nutrition you’ll want, as well as a water bottle. I’ve been running for over 20 years now (gosh, that makes me feel so old!) and have narrowed down my list of favorite running gear:
I’m a huge fan of pants and capris that come up over my tummy and hold everything in place while I run. I’m also cheap. That’s why I love these two options from Old Navy - High Rise Compression Pants and High Rise Compression Crops. Believe it or not, nice Socks make the wear and tear on your little piggies a bit more bearable. I don’t love fitted tops, so these two tank tops are right up my alley (and right for my wallet) - Banded Hem Tank Top and Performance Tank Top. When it’s cooler outside, I just throw a Running Hoodie or Running Jacket over my tank top and I’m good to go.
Now that you’re dressed, let’s get practical. You should always take a water bottle with you; you never know when cramps can start and sometimes just a cool squirt of water on your face or neck can help so much. This Handheld Water Bottle is great because you kind of forget it’s there while you run. Plus there’s a little pouch that you can fit keys or a gel or jewelry you forgot to take off, whatever!
This next item is one of my favorites. It’s a Belt for keys and phone. You just pull it on, and it lays flat against your body and has multiple slits where you can put your stuff. It’s easy to access your phone on the run, and it’s not bulky like a fanny pack ;) I have to admit, I don’t have these Bluetooth Headphones yet, but I think Santa might be bringing me some for Christmas! They look like a game changer after having fought with my earbuds cord a bunch of times...and lost. And finally, as most runners experience occasional chapped skin, abrasions, and rashes, this stuff heals it all! I seriously buy it in bulk.
So those are my top picks. What do you love? What helps get you out there and moving? I’d love to hear!
Colleen Martin runs and writes from New England where she also works full-time as a Business Manager at a Catholic high school and raises 7 children on the side ;) Both running and writing have offered Colleen a way to stay sane amidst all the chaos, a beautiful chaos that she thanks God for daily. You can connect with Colleen at her blog here, and her Instagram here.