Sunday, April 1, 2012

Running BFFs


 
April 1 - Today I want to tell you about some of my favorite running gear. Gear that has been helping me get ready for my next half marathon.

#1- I never run without my Nike GPS Sport Watch. GPS changed my running world. With the push of a button, I start my run and the satellites track my route. When I'm done, I can upload my data and view my route. It's that easy. And, I don't have to spend hours trying to map it myself.







#2 - I simply love my Simple Hydration Water Bottle. Fill it up, stick it in, and go. When I need a sip, all I have to do is reach back and grab it. It stays put no matter what type of bottoms I'm wearing and sometimes it feels like it isn't there at all. I love this bottle because it is completely hands-free. It is perfect for my half marathon training runs.







#3 - My favorite source of fuel at the moment is Sport Beans. I already love jelly beans and Sport Beans taste just like jelly beans to me. Before a long run I fill my pocket with beans making it easy to grab some when I'm running. They are super easy to chew and swallow, so I don't need water to eat them. There's nothing better than munching on something that tastes like candy.



#4 - I am falling in love with my new made-just-for-me orthotics (and maybe Mr. Chiropractor for recommending that I get them). These babies have helped alleviate my calf tightness and put an end to my knee-knocking. They are easy to insert and remove, so I can wear them in all of my running shoes! Maybe I can even get more running shoes? Hmmm...







What is your favorite (can't live without) running gear?


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22 comments:

  1. Huge fan of my Garmin 305 forerunner. I use it for running, biking and hiking. Makes it super easy to track my weekly hours and miles.

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  2. Nike Pro sports bras and Balega hidden comfort socks. Those are my only two must haves on a run! I do love the Simple Hydration but only carry on long runs, but that is def my fav!

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    1. I just started wearing Nike bras. I love when I can find them at TJ Maxx!

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  3. I love the convenience of the GPS watch - my Garmin 405 is my bff. But I do hate it when she's irritable and freezes on me. I also need gum for every run!

    So happy the orthotics are working for you and congrats to Amanda!

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    1. My Nike watch has been great, but the Nike website can be temperamental at times when I upload - it stinks. Love/Hate technology, right?

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  4. I'm intrigued by the SH bottle. I run my longs w/a Nathan Quickdraw handheld, which I love (esp. the pocket for gels), but I'll need 2x that for the PVD marathon & am debating lugging a second bottle along.

    My must-have gear includes: the aforementioned Nathan bottle; Honey Stinger gels & a homemade chia-seed gel; RunKeeper on my iPhone; CES compression socks (post-run only; I haven't tried wearing them while running); and my basic New Balance reflective/day-glo vest.

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    1. You won't have to lug the SH bottle. It tucks into your waistband and just sits there until you need it =)

      Can't believe only 33 more days...

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  5. I do like my garmin now. Initially I didn't (and put in the cupboard for a year!) but now I realise the training benefit of having that data available.

    I have never tried those jelly beans but they look cool. Candy is always good :)

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    1. If I didn't have the Nike GPS watch, I would have to look into the Garmin. Seems to be pretty popular!

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  6. I also am a huge fan of the Nike+ GPS watch and it now has been reduced in price to $169!

    I also love the spi-belt to hold my monsterous droid phone so that I can take lots of pictures "on the run".

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    1. I wish the watch had a built in camera - something very Mission Impossible! Why has no one invented that yet?

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  7. Does the Nike watch track splits like the Garmin? I use Nike+ on my iPhone (music + GPS FTW) but wish it tracked splits.

    Otherwise, you hit all my favs on the head - though I've been liking the Honey Stinger waffles for fuel lately and swap those with the beans on long runs ... when I have them.

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    1. The watch does show your splits. I use my iPhone with the GPS app when I know I'm going to want to take pictures.

      I haven't tried Honey Stingers yet...

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  8. Hi! Just found your blog. I started using the Sport Beans for marathon training last summer and they are by far my favorite of the fueling options! I'm also a pretty big fan of nuun (along with plain ol' water!) for hydrating.

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  9. Hmm...favourite running gear? Definitely my Pure Flow runners but also my Garmin. So much fun!

    ❀Barbara❀
    My Running Shortz

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  10. Is it lame that my most important running "gear" is my iphone/ipod?! I don't always have music going, but I HAVE to have it with me or my runs seem impossible!

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  11. My favorite gear is my Garmin GPS (just got a new one!) - I hate running without it. I think it's the perfect thing for type A people (like me!) to get every data point you could ever want every run. :)

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  12. That water bottle looks perfect! I often use a fuel belt, but wouldn't say I "love" it. Definitely love my Garmin watch. That's really all I need. :)

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