My Running Favorites!
Until recently I never considered myself a gadget girl. After thinking about it I realized that there are actually a ton of gadget and gear that I absolutely love for running. Over the years I have come to have a few favorites that I consider exceptionally helpful.
Body Glide – Life saver for those of us who have chafing problems. You can buy this at any sporting goods store for about $5 a stick. They last a long time and I always have one in my gym bag.
Nike+ Sports Watch– I am a huge Nike fan! From my shoes, to my favorite running shorts as well as this fantastic GPS watch. I do not know how I survived long distance training before I had one of these! Actually I do, I used the Nike+ app on my i-pod. I love the graphs and visuals the Nike + website gives you after a run. The watch is very easy to use and helps me keep a steady pace. These run from $100 – $150.
Wrist Wallet– I like to stick my car fob in there if I’m wearing shorts without pockets. There are a whole lot of them on the web right now with different designs and features. Amazon is where I got mine.$5-$20.
Hydration Belt- We all know that hydration is important. I like this belt for longer runs. I can keep my phone, keys, energy gel and water with me. There are a of hydration belts to choose from. I personally like the Nathan Brand. $20+
Pouch Belt– I also have a belt without a water bottle. I use this when I’m doing shorter runs or when I’m running at he Metro Park, which has water stops. It is also nice for when I take my dog on walks and need a treat pouch.
Energy Gel/Goo– When you start getting into longer runs, it is time to start thinking about fueling your body while you burn energy. I recommend you try out different brands on your long runs until you find something that you prefer. I like the Cliff Bar brand. REI has lots of flavors. I found out the hard way that my stomach does not handle the Mocha favor.