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Well, this is the year! I started running 3 years ago, have continued running regularly and worked through some setbacks, including another cross-country move and a significant injury (femoral neck stress fracture–i.e. hip stress fracture, which I think I’ll have to cover in a whole other post).
At any rate, I’ve completed a 10k and a half marathon, and this year, I’m planning to tackle my first marathon! I will be 49 when it rolls around, and I’m EXCITED!
I wrote a post about my favorite running resources some time back, so do check out that post for some recommendations of great books, podcasts, and gear. As I’ve progressed, learned, continued running, and moved on despite some injuries, including the hip stress fracture and an Achilles issue, I thought I’d add a few items to the list. The good news, too, is that I’ve been injury-free for a year! Woohoo! So here you go, my list of…
Running Gear I Can’t Do Without
I’m a believer. These have been a godsend! Due to fallen arches, a touchy Achilles, and the aches and pains of middle age, I had to up my shoe game. A podiatrist recommended these to me, and they still feel like running with a fluffy, fluffy cloud of wonder supporting each foot. I’m not exaggerating. Run, don’t walk (haha) to your nearest running store and try them out. Then I dare you not to buy a pair. (No, Brooks did not pay me to say any of this. Though I wish they would!) After trying several brands, these have been the comfiest supportive shoe I’ve found for my particular gait and injury tendencies.
2) Wireless Earbuds
After testing out several iterations of wireless earbuds, I find that I like the Jabra Sport the best. They stay on well in spite of sweat, and I can also wear sunglasses with these. I typically tuck one side in the collar of my shirt so I can still hear what’s going on around me. I know these seem a bit pricey, but note that I’ve had the same pair over 2 years, and they’re still working great. Pretty good for using several times a week, in all types of weather!
This is another item I’ve used regularly and owned at least 2 years. So easy to slip in your phone and attach key inside the comfy tube of Lycra, then flip it over (hence the name), so it’s all held securely and won’t fall out while you run. I much prefer this to the giant armband for iPhones that tends to chafe and get on my nerves after several miles!
4) GPS Watch
I do like to tell by a glance at my wrist how far I’ve run, my pace, heart rate, etc. My husband gave me my Apple watch last year as a gift for his military retirement—go, hubs–and it’s a cinch to use. Since it’s connected to my MapMyRun account on my phone, I hit one button and off we go. Garmin is another obvious favorite for GPS watches.
Yes, gum! My runner husband clued me in to this some time back. It helpscounteract dry mouth on shorter runs where it’s not really necessary to carry water. It works!
6) Pepper Spray
Call me crazy; I don’t care. In this day and age, I never go out running without my trusty pepper spray strapped to my hand. I don’t even notice it anymore; it’s just part of what I do to get out the door. I figure it’s not only for protection against the crazies, but also any wild or loose animal that may have less than nice intentions toward me. I live in Texas on the edge of town where there are things like coyotes and rattlesnakes. You never know! In all seriousness, if you’re a woman running alone, please protect yourself.
Year-round, these are the best things to keep it all locked and loaded and prevent chafing and the feeling of things jiggling about behind you, ahem. If you’re young, you may not understand this, but my fellow running moms and grannies know what I’m talking about.
So there you have it–my running gear favorites! What would you add? Please share in the comments!