Friday, March 21, 2014

My Favorite Running Gear

*If you're primarily interested in reading about running, I've started a new blog, "Running Smiles" where I'll write all about running. It's not pretty at all. Yet. I want to keep this blog focused more on other things with the occasional post on running, but Running Smiles will be all things running.

I'm linking up with The Lady Okie and Sunshine to the Square Inch today and talking about my favorite running gear. I've written about my favorite gear in the past, so you can check that out here.

As any runner knows, the most important piece of gear is your pair of shoes. About three years ago, I bought my first pair of Brooks and I haven't looked back. While my first pair were an Adrenaline GTS model, after I began racing about two and a half years ago, I switched to Books' lightweight line, the Pure Project. I run in Brooks PureCadence. I'm on my fourth pair of these (I think). I tend to pronate when I run, so I need some stability, but I like a lightweight shoe. The PureCadence is a great fit for me. I've heard rave reviews from other runners who run in different models of the Pure line and they love theirs as well.

I live in the sunny south, so the majority of my running with the exception of winter time, is done outside in the heat and humidity. I like to run in tank tops. Most of my tops are some type of Nike dri-fit. I prefer the Racer tank. I have quite a few dri-fit t-shirts as wells for those days that it's slightly cool or to use as another layer in the cold. I also have a few Reebok Dri Fit tanks that fit as well as Nike, but are slightly less expensive.

I am very loyal to my Nike Tempo running shorts. With the exception of a few pairs of monogrammed shorts from Old Navy (their brand is great) and another brightly patterned pair I picked up at Dick's Sporting Goods, all of my running shorts are Nike Tempos. I just love them.

Almost as important as the type of shoes you run in is the type sock you wear. I doubt it will surprise you that I run in Nike socks. I like Nike's dri-fit no-show socks. I also like the no-show socks from Finish Line. It's their in-house brand and in my opinion, they are as good as Nike's. Mine have a little more cushion than my Nike socks and I like to wear those when I'm doing a longer run.

As far as other gear is concerned, I have a pair of compression socks that I like to wear after some longer runs. I bought these Red Lion Neon Glide compression socks from last year and love them. I didn't want to spend $45 or more on compression socks since I wasn't sure if I would like them and because I'm not a half marathoner (typically) or a marathoner and I don't feel the need for compressions socks running 5Ks and 10Ks. I will say that buying these socks is about the best $15 I've spent on non-essential gear. I wore them after my half last year and wear them around after 7-8 milers. I don't run in them though.

Finally, I don't ever race without my Garmin. Kevin gave me a Garmin Forerunner 110 for Valentine's Day a few years ago and I love it. If you're interested in purely time, distance and pace, I'd suggest this model. It also comes with a heart rate monitor. 

What are your running must-have items?


Kristin Saling said...

I'm a huge fan of the Garmin 4-runner. I seriously need to update mine though. I'm running with one I bought back in 2009, but it's still kicking! That gray and pink one you posted is adorable - just might give me the kickstart I need to go buy a new one!

Andrea H. said...

Shoes are definitely the key! I wear the Nike Structure and love them. I just got a Timex Ironman watch last weekend and have been learning how to use it. I like the idea of being able to track calories and pace per mile. Thanks for linking up!

Jen K said...

I need to check out those compression socks!!

Rebecca Jo said...

SHUT UP!!! your shorts are monogrammed?!?!?! I'm in love & now need mine monogrammed. I always say you could monogram trash & I would want it :)

Fi Evans said...

Monogrammed shorts genius! Also I really wish I could run in just shorts and a vest top, but sadly that only happens for about two months of the year - you're so lucky!

Daleian said...

I'm really curious about the compression socks! I have to check those out!

Kayla MKOY said...

You know you're a real runner when you have MONOGRAMMED shorts! ;) love this post. Can't wait to run together one day!

The Lady Okie said...

Nike tempo shorts! YES. These are the only ones I"ve found that I can run in. Love them! Thanks so much for linking up!

Beka said...

I have that exact same watch and love it!

Also - I didn't know the Brooks pure has different types of shoes. I tried a pair on because I want to run more minimalistic but they felt weird on my foot. I'm going to have to find other ones and try them on! Right now I'm running in my New Balance minimalist / vibram shoes. They are great but don't have much padding at all.

Thanks for sharing your gear with us and for linking up.