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I have been running regularly as an adult now for over 7 years. In that time I have tested out a lot of running products. Today I am going to share my top 10 favorite running products with you.
10 Of My Favorite Running Products
1. Hydration Belt
I wear my amphipod hydration belt on all my runs. It carries a lot more than just water. It holds a pouch for my cell phone, my pepper spray, a pouch full of tissues ( not sure why but I get nose bleeds on hot weather runs from time to time) and a pouch full of energy chews during runs of 10 miles or more.
I have had mine for years now and it is still going strong.
2. Sansa clip
I love my Sansa clip. I have the 8 GB model and just recently bought it a memory card so that I could load even more songs on it. I prefer using it over listening to music on my iPhone during longer runs simply because I know the battery will last for hours and hours–the battery on my iPhone -well it doesn’t last that long!
3. Ear Buds
I have tested out pair after pair of ear buds and finally late last year I found a brand I love. They never fall out of my ears and offer great sound quality. They are called Yurbuds, and the only thing I can find to complain about them is that the ear piece is removable so I am always afraid of losing it, but 6 months have gone by and I still have mine.
(psst… update I have now owned them well over a year and still have the removable ear pieces)
I discovered bondibands during my first 1/2 marathon and have worn them faithfully for every run since. I perspire heavily, and forehead sweat burns my eyes, but bondibands catch it without hurting my head like other brands of headbands. I like the heavy sweat wicking ones best and love all the different sayings you can choose from.
5. Nuun hydration tablets
I love Nuun hydration tablets because…
- They are low in sugar and in calories
- Contain no high-fructose corn syrup
- No artificial colors or flavors
Nunn hydration tablets come in a variety of flavors too. They do fizz a lot at first which can make for a bit of leakage in my sports belt bottles but if I make sure to allow time for the fizzing to go down before I put the lids on, there isn’t any trouble at all.
I use Nunn tablets on all my runs short or long because I find I end up with less muscle aches afterwards. Plus I find water kind of blah on runs, so when I place a Nuun tablet in my water I find myself hydrating better.
6. Cliff shot blocks
I have run 3 full marathons and those require fueling during the race and during the long runs leading up to the race to avoid hitting the wall. Over the years I have tried various fueling products and finally discovered Cliff shot blocks and like them so much I have stuck to them. The strawberry flavored ones are my favorite.
MapMyRun is a website and not really a product, but I had to mention it because it is a really helpful tool. Before I had a Garmin watch I used MapMyRun to map out all my long run routes so I could make sure I ran far enough.
It is also useful to allow your family members to see where you run in case of emergency. Make sure to share your password with your spouse or another loved one, so that they can access your account should they need to.
Now that I have a Garmin watch, I still use MapMyRun to map out training routes for me and my running partner so that we are not running aimlessly just trying to get our mileage in.
8. A Garmin Watch
I am on my second Garmin runner’s watch now and can’t say enough good things about them. GPS watches are not a necessary running purchase–but they sure do make running a whole lot of fun. I love keeping track of my miles and times, seeing if I can beat my time, or making yearly mileage goals.
9. The Stick Self Roller
I had to back out of a marathon once due to a really tight muscle down the side of one leg. I went to watch my friend compete and we went to the run expo together. I was limping and a man selling The Stick self rollers came up to me and asked me to sit down so he could work on my leg. I sat down expecting nothing to happen and stood up and discovered I didn’t have to limp any more, my muscle was loose and felt much better. I bought my own stick right then and there.
10. Compression Socks
I don’t have pretty compression socks. I just have the plain medical grade black ones I was given by the doctor to wear before I had my varicose vein surgery. I have to say at first I thought runners wanting to wear them were crazy; after all, I had surgery to stop wearing mine. But then I decided to wear mine after a run of 15 miles and wow! When I took them off several hours later my legs felt significantly less tired than usual. I then started wearing them for a few hours after each long run; I was sold. Now I just need to splurge on a pretty pair and try running in them.
If you run, I would love for your to join in the conversation by sharing with me in the comment section below one of your favorite running products.
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