One of the reasons I started running is because it’s cheap. Compared to other sports, you really don’t need that much gear. But the more I run, the more I appreciate the few good gear items I need. And here they are.
1. Brooks PureConnects. I’m on my third pair of these babies and couldn’t be more in love. They’re narrow and supportive (for a minimalist shoe), but very light. Plus the shoelaces are sort of wavy to prevent un-tying! I actually just bought my fourth pair, which I’ll break out in the fall — thanks, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!
2. Aerie Fit racerback sports bra. If this sports bra is ever discontinued, I may have to stop running. It’s just the best sports bra I’ve ever worn. Not too bulky, not too high, adjustable straps — and even a little pocket to stash a $10 bill or a key! And the best part: gentle (yet durable) fabric. No chafing and no falling apart in the wash. The one I’m wearing here is black, but they come in a lot of fun colors and prints, too!
3. Garmin Forerunner 210. This is the first GPS watch I’ve had, and while it’s not as advanced as some of the other Garmins out there, I think it does a pretty good job. It’s smaller than most big-time Garmins, which I love. It’s only lost satellites (for like a long time during a run) once or twice in the 1.5 years I’ve had it. Rain-proof, sweat-proof, and better than the Nike+ Sportwatch (Kristi agrees!).
4. Nike Tempo Track shorts. I wrote a whole post dedicated to my love for these shorts. They are the only running shorts I wear, because they are perfect. Though I would be curious to try out the Lululemon shorts and Oiselle shorts everyone raves about…
5. Balega Hidden socks. LOVE these. I don’t like spending $12 on a single pair of socks, but the feel, look, and quality of these is priceless. They hit right below the ankle, but have enough of a grip and back heel tab to prevent sliding down. About six months ago I almost cried when I lost one of these in the laundry — I’m still hanging on to the lonely survivor in hopes that one day I can find his match again. What a tragedy!
6. Oakley Overtime sunglasses. I was never a sunglass person, but these have changed my life! Not only are they super cute, but they are extremely practical and sporty. They don’t slide down my nose, don’t fog up, and don’t break. And they don’t look super serious which is important because those really angled sleek sunglasses intimidate me.
7. Nathan Speed 2 hydration belt. I don’t LOVE carrying around extra weight, but have recently accepted that running dehydrated is dumb. I’ve tried the Camelback Aurora backpack in the past and found it too bulky and too harsh on my skin. The Nathan belt is a lot lighter and gentler.I just realized that there are seven more items I need to add for winter running. Remind me to do another list in January!
- Do you love/hate any of the items on this list? Would you add anything?
- What gear-heavy sport do you love? (e.g., hockey, cycling, golf)
- Recommendations for running shorts? I love my Nikes but am willing to branch out.
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