It’s easy to get overwhelmed by how many products there are for runners. Running shoes come with a multitude of options: zero-drop, stability, barefoot, lightweight, trail shoes, racing flats, and so on. Any given running store fills it shelves with endless options for hydration, gels, visibility products, and GPS devices.
Each runner is different, with unique goals, preferences, and abilities. What works for me might not work for you when it comes to running gear; however, I personally find that products that other runners love often work well for me. I’ve been asked before what GPS I use or what running shoes I wear, so here is all of my favorite running gear for interested readers or those looking to find reviews of running gear! These are products that I use frequently, if not almost daily, for running.
(Disclaimer: I am a Nuun Ambassador and thus affiliated with their brand, but all opinions I express on Nuun products are my own. I am not sponsored by or affiliated with any of these other brands, these are just products that I use and enjoy.)
Shoes: Brooks Pure Flow 3
Regular readers may remember that I used to run in Merrell Bare Access Arc 2 shoes (I’ve gone through four pairs!). The Merrell shoes are great for hiking, long walks, or shorter runs, but I found that when I started running higher weekly mileage and longer distances, I need a bit more support for my feet. The Pure Flows have similar drop to my Merrells but offer more support. I also find that my Brooks help my running stride; when I wear my Merrells I strike me feet really hard against the ground.
GPS: Garmin Forerunner 10
I love love love my Garmin Forerunner 10! It is consistently accurate, never loses signal, and is comfortable to wear! I have small wrists, but the Garmin 10 comes in women’s sizes and men’s sizes. I have a pink one, but they come in a variety of colors. The Forerunner 10 costs less than most other Garmin models and provides quick and simple data (average pace, current pace, time elapsed, and distance) clearly on the screen. I don’t use a model with a heart rate monitor but you can purchase it with the monitor. I wear my Garmin all the time, even when it’s raining (it’s waterproof); the only time I don’t use it is when I run on my treadmill.
Hydration: Nuun Active Hydration
I have never been a fan of Gatorade, Powerade, or other sports drinks—they’re all too sugary. Nuun offers the electrolytes I need without sugar or carbs. Nuun comes in tablets that you add to your water, so it’s portable for races, hiking, or traveling. I have a glass of Nuun after my runs. It’s also great for drinking during a race, because there are no carbs or sugars to upset your stomach and you can supplement it with your energy gel/chew/food of choice.
Visibility: Knuckle Lights
My local running store does not carry Knuckle Lights because of reported user problems, but I have never had a problem with my Knuckle Lights. They help so much when I run in the dark by lighting up my way and making me visible to drivers. They’re lightweight and easy to carry, as you just slip them over your hands.
Personal Safety: Running Mace
I’m a big believer in personal safety and always being prepared. While I live in a very safe area, I run with mace just in case the worse happens. You strap the mace over your hand so that you can flip the safety top and spray an attacker within a matter of seconds. Of course, it’s important to follow general safety guidelines and to know how to physically defend yourself, but running mace provides an extra peace of mind.
Question of the Day:
What’s your favorite piece of running gear?
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