Running has always been a big part of my life. I seriously love it. As you can imagine, I get really excited about running gear. While it’s true that running is one of the few sports that doesn’t require much equipment (in the end all you really need are sneakers) there are things out there that make a difference in your running ability and comfort – especially if you are doing long distances.
Here are my faves for running:
Garmin Forerunner 220 I’ve had other Garmin watches in the past and this one is by far the most user friendly and comfortable. I like that it displays my time, pace, and distance all on one screen and it’s super easy to read with a quick glance down. It also automatically syncs with my phone so I can view my route and lap times. #runningnerd
Handheld water bottle I always thought it would be uncomfortable to wear a water bottle on your hand during a run, but it’s actually pretty secure and I hardley notice it. I like that it has a small pocket to store items like keys and snacks.
Hydration belt I haven’t used mine in a while, but it was a staple when I was running long distances on the trails. There wasn’t a water fountain on my route so having this was super helpful for staying hydrated. This one by Nathan is my favorite.
Reflective vest I’m embarrassed to say that I just purchased this 3 months ago. This is a necessity for anyone running in the early morning or late at night. When I was training for my last half marathon, I would do some of my long runs at 5 am when it was still dark. I’ve had a few close calls with cars and bikes and I’m lucky that I wasn’t injured. No excuses not to wear one.
Sunglasses I hate the sun in my eyes. I can’t stand it. Wearing glasses when I run relaxes my eyes and makes me feel a bit badass-y. Oakleys are good buys.
Balega socks I never thought socks made a difference until I got my first blister. Then another. And another. They hurt like a mother! Cotton socks are horrible for sweat. These socks are my absolute favorite. They are not cheap, but definitely worth the investment.
Compression socks I really love wearing these during runs and as part of my recovery after longer distances. They work by stimulating blood flow and warding off fatigue in your legs. You can read more about that here. Most compression socks work well. I like CEP compression sleeves a bit more than the full sock kind.
Spibelt This is like a mini fanny pack. OK, OK stay with me here. It’s great for storing and holding your phone and personal items in place. No bouncing at all.
Mizuno Wave Inspire I wore these consistently for 10+ years then went with other styles. I have eventually returned to my first loves because they feel great and they have more support which is helpful on long runs.
I’ll continue to add to this as I think of other items to share. I’d love to hear what running products you can’t live without.