Runner Essentials 2017 + What’s in my Gym Bag
Training for a Marathon consists of getting to know your body thoroughly! These are the things that work for me and support my body mile after mile. So here we go:
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- Garmin forerunner 235
If I had to choose one thing from my gym bag, it would be this. I depend on my watch during my outdoor runs for various reasons. It allows me to stay on track and to stay in my desired pace. I purchased this watch right before beginning my first 10k race training. I love the Bluetooth and app-syncing features. It has a wrist heart-rate monitor, calorie and step count, along with other useful features. I don’t use it daily but when I do, I’m more active. If you don’t want to spend $235, there’s other models that offer many of the same features. However, I love the convenience of not having to purchase a chest strap to monitor my heart-rate.
- Bose Headphones
I upgraded to these when I lost my previous pair of Bose Headphones and, I AM OBSESSED!!! They are so light, long battery life, sweat-proof, Bluetooth, and voice/call features. I strap them behind my neck for a lighter, wire-free run.
- Blister Kit
When I began running I went through different brands of shoes, sizes, custom insoles, and tying my shoes 10 different ways, the whole nine! No matter what shoes I used, I always ended up getting at least one blister during my long runs. I place a piece of the cushion tape in the area I most likely blister. These are a life-changer.
- Trail Heads Hat
I love these hats for their breathable fabric. There are light, sweat absorbent, and they don’t feel bulky. After my runs, I throw them in the washer and they don’t lose their quality.
- Hume Gel-packs
After hitting an 8-mile mark you need to re-fuel. I’ve heard mix things about gel packs, some people hate them while others swear by them. Honestly, I hated the idea of eating a sugary gel to fuel my runs, so I did some research. I came across this brand and decided to give them a try. They don’t use artificial sweeteners or chemicals, they’re non-GMO and vegan, plus they contain chia seeds for extra omega-3s. I tried one pack on my run last weekend and I loved them! They also have a bit of caffeine, no complaints.
- Camelbak Backpack
I think by now you get the idea, I like convenience. No one likes to run holding a phone, water bottle, car keys, or bouncing headphone wires in your face. After staring at this backpack for a couple of months I decided to give it a shot. I assumed that it would be heavy, bulky and inconvenient. I was so wrong! It’s light and adjustable to fit a range of sizes. I sound like a salesperson but I promise you, I just love it.
- Spikey Massage Ball
This ball stays with me whether I’m sitting on my desk or finishing up a run. It feels so good to roll your feet after being on your feet. Even if you’re not a runner, this ball is amazing. You can use it on other parts of your body too.
These are just a few things that make my runs more enjoyable. It’s the little things that make a difference; whether you get up and get your miles in or stay in bed and make excuses. Make it fun for yourself!!! I feel supported, while preventing potential injuries. If you have any questions about these products, or on something mentioned in my video, feel free to leave me a comment!
Talk to you soon!