Blogger Highlight: The Foodie Runner’s Favorite Running Gear
When you start running, people tell you it’s a cheap sport, but race entry fees, GPS watches, and closets full of running shoes would suggest otherwise. In the past few years, I’ve noticed a trend in the running community towards a “the more gear, the better” attitude. I’ve always been a relatively minimalist runner, but there are a few essentials that I swear by for my training.
Below are 6 items I can not live without:
1. A Good Quality Pair of Running Shoes
A pair of quality running shoes is a must! For the past 3 years, my favorite training shoes have been the Adidas Ultraboosts and Energy Boosts. I love how the Boost technology makes the shoes both light and durable! I run my workouts and races in the Adidas Boston Adios Boosts. Every runner has different requirements for their running shoes, so I highly recommend checking out your local running store and having them fit you for a pair that works for you!
2. My Garmin Forerunner Watch
Besides a good pair of running shoes, I think a watch is the only other necessity for runners. And in this day and age, a watch that can tell you your distance and speed is almost a necessity. I love having a GPS watch because it tells me how far and fast I’ve run, and enables me to do workouts on the roads while having an accurate idea of my performance. I’ve been a loyal Garmin customer since I got my first GPS freshman year of college. In the past 9 years, I’ve had the Forerunner 305, Forerunner 10, Forerunner 620, and now the Forerunner 235. Garmin is my favorite GPS watch brand because their watches are extremely accurate and their features and interfaces are unmatched. Other brands such as TomTom and Nike are catching up, but in my opinion the Garmins are still the best.
3. Wireless Headphones
I love a good podcast or audiobook when I run (yeah, I’m one of those weirdos that doesn’t run to music), and my wireless headphones vastly improve my listening experience on the run. I have an old model of the Jaybird Sport Freedoms and they are wonderful. One of my favorite things about my wireless headphones is that they greatly reduce the likelihood that I will accidentally slam my phone down onto the treadmill belt because there are no wires to get tangled up in while running on the treadmill!
4. ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill
Speaking of running on the treadmill, my Pro 2000 Treadmill is the most recent piece of running gear that I acquired and it easily earns a spot in my top 5 faves! Ever since I received it, there have been so many runs that I would have had to skip or modify if it wasn’t for this treadmill in our guest room! It is of such high quality that I can use it for anything from easy runs to hard interval workouts, and it performs great! You can read even more about my obsessive love for this treadmill here.
5. A Water Bottle You Love
Hydration is so easy to overlook as a runner, but it is so important to drink enough water throughout the day to stay hydrated. It may sound silly, but when you’re considering which water bottle to buy, think about the one that will help you achieve your goal of drinking more water. For me, this means lugging around a giant water bottle because I’m lazy about anything that doesn’t have to do with running, and I won’t get up from my desk to refill my water multiple times a day. I also had to let go of the idea of those cool metal water bottles that need to be hand-washed because again, lazy. My go-to water bottle is the Eddy by CamelBak.
6. Foam Roller
Foam rollers are great for loosening sore muscles after a hard effort and help speed up the recovery process. I try to use my foam roller 2-3 times a week, and when I’m on top of my foam rolling game, I feel significantly better. It’s a much better investment than paying for regular massages, and is one of the easiest things you can do to prevent injuries.
Stay tuned, The Foodie Runner talks about motivation and what keeps her going!