Pretty much every runner raves about the shoe they wear – it’s kind of an important part of running. But what about everything else? Here are a few of my favorite running items that have nothing to do with footwear.
I’ve been using the iPod shuffle for as long as I can remember. I actually had the frist generation one – USB stick and all! I love how I can fit plenty of music, and it isn’t big and bulky. I slide it right over my waist band, and I am good to go. I never have to fuss with it while I’m running, and it has a pretty great battery life too.
Nike Running Hat
I am super picky when it comes to hats – they have to fit perfectly! I found my perfect hat 7 years ago, and have worn it in every race since! My Nike running hat from Gasparilla back in 2006 fits my head like a glove. It doesn’t itch or get bunched up in weird places. It’s like it was meant for my head!
Lululemon Running Skirts
I absolutely love running skirts from Lululemon! Yes, they are a bit pricier than others, but they fit so amazing! The shorts underneath have anti-slip tabs to make sure they don’t ride up. The best part – they actually work! I never have any sort of chaffing with the running skirt, and its even super functional. All of their skirts have a pocket located for easy access, so I can store my Gu Chomps, a credit card, and usually some chapstick. I wear them in just about every race!
Balega Running Socks
These are my latest and greatest obsession. For years, I ran in cotton socks. Little did I know, they are not the ideal sock to run in. Instead of wicking away moisture and bacteria, they actually hold it around your feet. Our shoes are all made up of synthetic material, so wouldn’t we want our socks made of the same thing? They cut down significantly on blisters and chafing too – a win-win in my book!
Under Armour Tank Top
About 6 weeks ago, Under Armour sent me a few items to try. My favorite, hands down, was this crazy light and airy tank top! Usually, I tend to stick to tops that are a little more form-fitting. This is the first one I wore that wasn’t, and I must say, I’m hooked! For these hot summer months, wearing a tank that isn’t hugging every curve is quite refreshing. My body is able to breathe so much more, and I feel like it keeps me quite a bit cooler. I highly recommend this tank!
I know I have mentioned this a few times since it is summer and everyone needs hydration, but I fully endorse the Nathan Quickdraw water bottle. It holds plenty of fluids and has a nice pocket that is perfect to put a few Nuun tablets in to fill up along the run!
I haven’t been using them as much lately since my long runs are currently non-existent, but I swear by compression socks! I use them in every long run, as well as in every race that is longer than 3 miles. I truly believe in the benefits of compression and recovery. I can feel the difference right after running, and especially the next day when my legs are significantly less sore.