Confession time. I love running gear, and have quite the collection from my former days of running half marathons. I have a VIP membership to Roadrunnersports, and I use it. (Where are my new shoes, RRS?) I decided that this time around I would try to keep the purchases to a minimum, and so far, so good. But, I do have items that I use all the time, and I think they would be good for beginners, or veteran runners. So, in no particular order….
I have been a fan of Sparkleskirts for years. I currently own at least five skirts and a pair of Sparklebottoms that are the shorts minus the skirt. When I run races, I wear a Sparkleskirt unless it is too cold. They do have capri options that would be good for the cold, but I haven’t purchased those yet.
Why do I love them? They have a large, zippered pocket on the waist, and two large pockets on the legs. I hate carrying things on runs, so if it can fit in my skirt, I am happy. I can easily carry tissue, cash, gels, my iPod or iPhone, or even a small water flask if I wanted. Not that I make it a habit to carry all of that on me at one time.
They NEVER ride up. I have, shall we say, womanly thighs. I cannot wear cute little running shorts because they ride up my thighs and I chafe. Not fun. Sparkleskirts = no chafing.
Here is my favorite fall skirt. The colors scream fall, and the little bit of sparkle makes me happy.
These skirts are machine washable, but I highly suggest you DON”T put them in the dryer. I had a very sparkly one several years ago, and I wasn’t very careful and it made its way into the dryer. I’m still finding sparkles in my running clothes.
My Nathan belt
As I have said, I hate carrying things when I run. My running group requires me to carry water though. In the past, I have tried a variety of water carrying devices. I cannot stand to run with anything in my hands, so all of those options are out. I previously had the best luck with a small Camelbak, but it developed a leak and I couldn’t find a suitable replacement. It also made my back sore to carry it. So, I took a chance and ordered a Nathan Mercury belt.
So far, so good. Most of the time I forget I have it on. It doesn’t move around and it doesn’t cause back pain. I also have enough room to stash my car keys and headlamp in the zippered pocket.
My Fitbit and Road ID
I used to run with a very large Garmin watch, but nowadays I have a Fitbit Charge 2. It has an exercise tracker and watch so that I can wear it all the time and not have to switch to something just for running. I can also set run/walk intervals on it. The interval timer uses a vibration, so I am not plagued with an annoying series of beeps. If you have ever been to a race, you know how annoying and confusing that can get if you run/walk.
My running group also requires that we have some sort of ID on us. I have had wrist and shoe versions of the Road ID in the past, but I had nothing with my current address. I was impressed to see that they have something that can slide onto the wristband of my Fitbit! It was easy to put on the Fitbit and is metal so I think it will be pretty durable. I also don’t have to worry about forgetting it at home or leaving it on my other pair of shoes.
What’s your favorite bit of running gear?