I am going to sound like a broken record, if I don't already. This coming Sunday I am running my second half-marathon. Running is on my mind. And as I was in Sports Authority this weekend, it made me realize how much once I find something that works, I really fall in love with it. And vice versa. [I seriously walked into the Nike section and went, bleh...I couldn't do it. Not. A. Nike. Fan.]
Krick and I share our running gear tips. And I thought, what the heck, I'll throw it on the blog and see if it helps anyone else out. So here are my go-to items for running:
You saw my last athletic shoe purchase here. They are Adidas. I've tried a LOT of different shoe brands and I always come back to Adidas. Sure it's really a soccer company at heart. And. I. am. not. a. soccer. fan. But really, I've never had problems with their running shoes.
Tops: Ribbed Tanks
...particular Under Armour ribbed tanks, like the one I bought this weekend :). I can run with a cotton t-shirt, but it's not my favorite and definitely not on long distance runs. I don't like spandex tanks, they slide up and I have to keep pulling them down. Ribbed tanks allow for the right movement, are sleeveless, and don't slide up.
Bottoms: Fitted Capris
I just bought the Under Armour Heatgear Compression Capris and LOVE them. But I also like the cheaper and surprising alternative of Old Navy's Capris. They just wear out quicker :( You get what you pay for. Unless it's Nike.
I also like these Under Armour shorts for hotter days. So I guess I am NOT completely set in stone on this category. But really, I don't go outside of this. And the shorts really are just trimmed up versions of the capris.
Hair Accessories: Goodie StayPut elastics and headbands.
Um, this was a brilliant idea that should have come around a lot sooner. Rubber woven through the fabrics so they don't slide on your hair? GENIUS. I have really silky hair, so before this, I was constantly having to re-do my ponytail as the elastic band would slide out. And with bangs now, I was pleased to see they have a headband version of these so that I can pin them back!
Powerbars: Clif Bars
Crunchy Peanut Butter or Blueberry Crisp are my favorites. I don't eat powerbars often, but sometimes before my long runs I like to have them for breakfast, because they aren't heavy and give you a lot of carbs.
Sports Drink: Fruit Punch Powerade
Okay, I would run a marathon just so I can drink this as much as I wanted :) I love and have always loved this drink. I would probably choose it over any other drink, except for Dr. Pepper...I would always choose that first. And chocolate milk is probably neck and neck.
Energy Supplement: Jelly Belly Sports Beans
Krick introduced these to me. Although she prefers the chews, which I haven't been able to get a hand on. But so far these sports beans do the trick for boosting my energy level mid-run. I honestly don't know how I ran the first half marathon without these.
MP3 Player: iPod Shuffle
This is probably a given. But I remember running with a Sony MiniDisc player. Or even worse a CD player. Oh wait, EVEN worse a cassette walkman. So I had to include it, because I love clipping this little gem on my pants and not having to hold anything. Plus, it holds more songs than I ever need for a run. Also, probably the best $50 I've ever spent.
And I can't forget, Bengay...probably the most important. Oh and you have to have good chapstick. Running with dry lips is NEVER enjoyable. I prefer grape flavored ;)