I’m often asked about certain running gear, products, and stuff in general. Here’s a partial list of the things I have, use, read and love.
Garmin 405 Watch
It tracks my stuff, is pretty easy to use and the face isn’t so sensitive that I can mistakenly reset it on a run. Granted it’s older and there are some peccadilloes to deal with, but the truth is, I’m older too so we’re a perfect match. The key was replacing the plastic band with the Velcro one. Now this bad boy has tons of functions but I just want to see how far I ran, how fast I ran and the total minutes I ran. I’m actually on my second one, the first bonked after about 6 years so I was sent a refurbished model for free. Garmin stands by their products and I appreciate that.
Thin, No Show Socks
I know compression socks are “yuuuge” right now, but give me a very thin and very low pair of socks. I don’t need cushioning or extra padding. Just the socks, ma’am. My favorite are the ones from Road Runner Sports. I just bought a new 3-pack for $30. Score. And thank you Shelly for the gift card!
Nathan iPhone Arm Band
Until 2015 I had a well-loved iPod Shuffle for my long runs. I think it was my 4th shuffle. I had the same playlist “Keli’s Running” for oh, about 4 years. It had 80 or so songs on it. In mid 2015 the shuffle died and I upgraded to carrying my iPhone. I tried various arm bands and finally found my soul, or arm-mate. This little jobber is small, holds nothing but an iPhone 5s (because as you may have realized I’m a tad behind in tech) and I can listen to my podcasts or the Hamilton soundtrack to my little ear’s content.
Brooks Shorts – Versatile 5″
Sadly, Brooks doens’t sell these shorts any longer. And it’s a shame because these are the perfect running shorts. I don’t like shorty mcshort shorts so these cover the bits, the cheeks and I don’t have to worry about my nether regions being on full display when I stretch. So when these are no longer wearable I’m screwed. But they made the list because I love them so much. Um, Brooks Running. Help a girl out!
Champion Sports Bras
Some low-priced athletic gear works well. Champion Sports Bras (sold at Target) are a gem. Being, um, less-endowed than many other females on the planet I don’t have a need for underwire or super industrial materials. In fact, I can live with a uniboob. I mean, I’m not looking for a date, I’m running and those girls just need to lay low. And bonus! The ones I have are reversible. So it’s like 2 for the price of 1.
Runner’s World Magazine
The Runner’s Bible. The Holy Grail. If you can’t find what you need about running, nutrition, etc. in this magazine, on their website (www.runnersworld.com) or via their podcast then it’s not necessary. What I especially appreciate is that they have embraced that runners come in all speeds, shapes, sizes and abilities. Whether we run a 7 minute pace or 12 minute pace we’re still covering the same ground.
The Ragnar Race Series
A 200-mile, 12-person, 24 to 36 hour relay run? Ragnar is like a frat party on wheels. Without the drinking and nudity. Or maybe with all of that, but in a different context. Only sweatier and smellier. Did I mention that you sleep in the vans too? Whatever. Find one. Run one. If you need a teammate, call me. I’m your gal. www.runragnar.com
A running partner will motivate you and push you to be a better runner. Do they have to be the same pace? Not necessary, but it is nice to be close enough so you’re not dragging behind them too far or having to sprint to keep up with them. How can you find a running partner? Ask your friends, look at your social media feed to see who’s posting about running, or the races they are doing. Look online and join a local running club or drop into a running store and see what they have going on.
Bani Band Headbands
I have a small head and slippery hair (attractive, right?) so headbands tend to fling off my head easily. These are backed with a soft-grip backing material and you can cinch them for any head size so they stay put. I am partial to the ones with glitter or sequins. They make me happy and they aren’t too pricey. The ones I get are $13 or so plus shipping. Even better, they have a whole network of home sewers who are stay-at-home moms, veterans, college students and grandmas who make their products. Check them out at www.banibands.com.
A LAX Ball, Foam Roller and Yoga Mat…walked into a bar
Like onion, celery and carrots are to a chef, these three items represent *my* Holy Trinity. The LAX (lacrosse) ball hits the tight spots in my glutes, the foam roller tingles the IT band and my Yoga Mat is just y(om)my. If you run you need to go get all three. Next week I’ll post a mini tutorial on how to use them.
Ok, there you have it. My list of fav things.
So now it’s your turn. What’s YOUR go-to, must-have running stuff? Drop me a note, post a comment on my FB page (https://www.facebook.com/seekelirun/) or tag me on twitter @kelihonsberger.
Now go run!