Often times, when I need advice, I survey my runner friends for their personal recommendations on every thing running related. From shoes to workout tunes, I am constantly hitting them up for advice on what I should be using. So I thought it would only be natural for me to share a list of the products and gear that I like to use.
The following list consists of not only the items that I use, but the items that I highly recommend to others. Some of these items I have tried several different variations of before settling on the following specific versions. In a way, I give these my personal seal of approval.
If it wasn’t for this Beast of Burden(the company’s original name) I wouldn’t have made it through training for my first half marathon. This luxury stroller doesn’t have the reputation it has for being your average run of the mill jogging stroller. This is the Cadillac of strollers here.
This ultra-padded chariot features a 5-point harness, a parking brake, and a wrist strap for safety. It’s swiveling front wheel allows for superior maneuverability on trips to the parks and shopping malls, while the locking ability increases stability when out running or when the terrain turns tough, like at the beach (which is a HUGE plus living in Florida). It’s super lightweight frame makes storage and transport a cinch. It folds with two simple steps and easily tucks in my SUV with plenty of room for additional cargo storage.
Survey any group of past or present owners and I guarantee you will hear nothing but positive feedback about the maneuverability and quality of this deluxe vehicle. The even better part is that these strollers do not loose their value. My husband has already agreed to upgrade to the Duallie whenever we decide to have baby #2.
BOSE SIE2 Sport Headphones
These are the mack daddy of ear buds. When I got these, I didn’t necessarily need Bose quality sound, but these buds offer more than just awesome highs and bass. These are the only ear buds that I’ve found that fit comfortably inside your ear and don’t budge. It took a few hundred dollars worth of trial and error before I finally splurged for these. Actually, my loving husband bought them for me as a gift. I had gone through two pairs of Nike headphones, two Yurbuds, and was about to buy another less expensive brand online. An ultra running friend of mine had been talking them up for months and had finally convinced me and my husband that these would be the last pair we’d ever use again; and he was absolutely correct.
It comes in four different colors, is sweat and weather resistant, and even comes with a Reebok fitness armband.
You can check these bad boys out on the Bose website here. They’ll run you around $140. But you’ll never run with another pair ever again….. Scout’s honor.
The brand of socks that I previously wore was getting the job done (or so I thought), but until I stumbled upon these, I didn’t have a clue how amazing socks could feel.
These socks offer the ultimate in comfort and support. They are super lightweight and fit like a second skin. They feature a reinforced heel and toe, have mesh construction for breathability and ventilation, and the plush under sole cushioning offers added protection. I’m especially thankful for those during my long runs. Also, I really like how the heel tab prevents the sock from slipping into your running shoes.
If you’ve never tried them, do yourself a favor and buy a pair now. You’ll thank me later.
While we are talking about socks, my friend from Australia recently posted some photos of her new custom socks. They had her boyfriend’s face printed all over them and they looked so funny! If you would like to order some face socks in Australia as a gift, or for yourself, head to myfacesocks.com.au.
If you have ever picked up an issue of Runner’s World Magazine, chances are you have seen this product on an ad page or two. When I first started running, this was one of the first pieces of equipment I purchased for myself. Having just birthed a child into the world, I felt overly paranoid and defensive when running roadside. I felt that I needed to take the necessary steps toward being safe and protected while out training; road ID gave me that sense of security that I needed. On the website, there are several testimonials about how this product saved someone’s life, one in particular about a cyclist who had been hit by a car and was unconscious when the ambulance arrived on scene. The paramedic was able to gather the cyclist’s information directly from his Road ID. I never leave home without my Road ID.
There are a few variations of this stylish ID wrist band available on the Road ID website. I own two different colors; I rotate and switch them out between laundry washings. In my opinion, this is a definite must for any runner or cyclists. It just could save your life.
Moving Comfort Sports Bras
Being a large busted runner sucks sometimes. I know lots of women who say “I’d kill to have big boobs.” Well, they have never dealt with the chore of finding the perfect sports bra. They’ve never spent the duration of a 5k readjusting the straps on their tit sling. I, on the other hand, have spent hundreds of dollars on sports bras and have suffered the back pain and have the strap marks to prove it. After years of struggling to find the perfect fit and dealing with the girls bouncing around, I have finally found what I refer to as the best “Over the Shoulder Bolder Holder.” Check out cheap sports bras ranked over at Rank & Style.
I had heard about this brand of athletic wear just recently and after sampling one of their bras, I can personally attest to the comfort and support for which Moving Comfort is very well known. I have only tried the Rebound Racer (which is pictured above), but I’ve heard that they have plenty to offer bigger busted runners. I don’t foresee changing to another brand any time soon. I’m very pleased with this one and I plan to stick with them as long as they’re around!
Run Inspire Crops (Lululemon)
I’ve never been one of those girls who could comfortably run in short shorts. When I’ve unsuccessfully attempted to run in them, I chaffe and constantly fight to pull out the crotch wedgies. Because of said wedgies and chaffing, I’ve always preferred to run with crops. However, not all crops are created equal. Lululemon stocks their stores with the crops that I’ve found to be the best for my own personal needs.
What makes them so darn special? Well, in addition to having some pretty fun colors, these moisture wicking running crops feature a zipper pocket in the back, chafe-resistant seams, and two front pockets/pouches perfect for storing GU’s or Shot Blocks. Because of all the wonderful pocket storage, these are my go-to racing pants. I absolutely love them.
Do you have particular brands or products that you endorse or personally recommend to other runners?