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My Favorite Running Essentials

July 11, 2011

I thought it would fun to do a post on some of my must have things and gear when I’m spending countless number of hours running on trails/road. It has been a lot of trial and error ever since I started running since some things that may work for some people might not for others.

1. Moeben Arm Sleeves

Love love love these arm sleeves. They are so comfortable, don’t ride down and protect my arms from the cold, heat, overgrown bushes, bugs. I wear them on cold days to keep my arms warm. I wear them on hot days (in white) to keep my arms cool. They have UV Protection on some sleeves too. Also cool patterns!

2. Inov-8 Gaiters

If you plan on doing a lot of trail running, invest in a pair of gaiters! They have made trail running so much more pleasant for me. These slip over your shoe with two elastic bands that go underneath your shoe. They help prevent rocks from getting in your shoe (which is a big problem for me since I wear my shoes really loose). They also help keep your shoes on your feet when you get stuck in mud.

3. Nike shorts

4. Garmin 310XT

I’ve only had this watch for a little more than a month now, and I love it. I switched from the Garmin 405 which I hated to this watch because the battery life is long (supposedly 20 hours of running time), doesn’t have the stupid sensitive touch bezel, has an ON/OFF button (which the 405 doesn’t have, can you believe it?). So far so good, a bit bulky, but I rather have a functioning watch than a watch that looks nice. It is also a tri watch (switches between running/bike/swim mode) and can go underwater. Downside? Pricey $350 😦 but well worth the investment if you plan on doing a lot of looong runs

5. Nathan hydration pack

A must for long runs. Holds all my jellybeans, honey stingers and random stuff in the two small pouches up front. My only gripe with this hydration pack is that Nathan doesn’t sell the bite valve anymore, so instead of spending $1 on a replacement valve, you now have to get a whole new bladder ($30). You can always switch out the bladder to a CamelBak which does sell replacement bite valves.

6. Feetures! running socks

I buy these socks like they are going out of style. It took me a while to find a pair that I really liked. My criteria for socks were that it had to be breathable, light, and LOW (sock tans aren’t sexy). These socks never ride down so I don’t get blisters, they are super light and most importantly, they sit right on my ankle. Kind of pricey for a pair of socks ($9-10), but well worth it

7. Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves

They make me look like a soccer player, but it’s another must have after long runs.

The compression leg sleeves are made with Zensah Fabric which has silver helping to regulate skin temperature and fight bacteria. The compression leg sleeves can be worn during training or for recovery to increase oxygen blood flow to the muscles of the lower leg. The more oxygen the muscles receive the faster they recover, allowing athletes to push the envelope in their training. The compression leg sleeves are ideal for runners, cyclists and triathletes and anyone else who is on their feet. It can be worn during training, recovery or for traveling.
I like wearing the sleeves after a long run or if I have a long flight home after a race, I’ll keep them on. I tried wearing them during runs, but my legs get warm if it’s a hot day out.

Other notable mentions

*Epsom salt: great for recovering from long runs. The magnesium sulfate is absorbed into the skin and naturally draws out toxins. Soaking in a hot Epsom may decrease joint and muscle pain and speed recovery. I put in 2 cups of Epsom salt in a warm bathtub and soak in it for 20 minutes

*Ginger pills: natural remedy for stomach cramps. I learned this from a ultrarunning friend and always carry a couple pills with me during a long run

What are some of your running essential must haves?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Dan Tyree permalink
    July 27, 2011 10:26 am

    Nike Vomero Sunglasses-Keeps the wind, bugs, sun out.
    Buff-Great for long runs, can use to cover your head, wipe sweat from your eyes, dip in a creek and cool yourself off, etc.
    Visor-Keep the sweat out of your eyes and the sun out, can also be worn combined with a headlamp, keeping the glare out of your eyes.
    Tums or Ginger
    Injinji trail socks-take some a while to get used to, but (knock on wood) haven’t had a serious blister since I have taken to them for my long trail runs.
    New Balance “Sausage Laces” I had some New Balance shoes and they worked okay for this wide-footed, high arched guy, but I loved, loved, loved the laces and transfered them to my Brooks Cascadias and never have an issues with laces coming undone.


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