One of my endurance newbie runner mistake is that I have become fascinated with running gear. Actually, most of the stuff that I purchased then, I still use quite often. With that said, I thought I would share some of the items that I really like and use frequently whenever I run:
Garmin 10: This watch is an entry level watch from the brand. The options that I use the most from this watch is the GPS, the timer that measures speed per mile, run/walk beep option, and the Garmin connect website. The website is similar to Facebook, but more importantly, it stores all of your data. This great for the data driven type like myself, because it provides nice pretty spreadsheets of your training over very short or very long periods of time. This watch is one of my most beloved piece of gadgets.
Hammer Gel and Flask: In my humble opinion, if you don’t like to eat while you run, I would stick with 10k races and lower. With that said, Hammer Gel has been the only source of fuel while running that has the fewest caveats. The only caveat that I have with Hammer products is that the taste has to grow on you. The problem that I had with the other gels and snacks is that they are hard to digest, and I did not like the thick consistency taste wise.
I like the flask a lot because it deletes challenge of having to find space inside of my hydration belt. Also, I don’t like being a litter bug. It is super bad etiquette in the running community. I was often a litter bug, because I was not going to carry a wrapper for a mile “just to save the earth”.
Old Navy Workout Gear: What can I say? The stuff is cute, the prices are reasonable, and I don’t have to try the stuff on before I purchase it. What is interesting, though, is that I don’t care for anything else sold by Old Navy. I pretty much exclusively use Old navy gear and race t-shirts. Most race t-shirts are of good quality these days. As a matter of fact, if there is some weird rumor that race shirt is cotton I will not sign up for the race. Cotton workout gear is a huge deal breaker for me. I see a lot of people that workout in cotton gear, but at this point in my life, I can’t deal with cotton clothing clinging to me like that.
Nathan Water Belt: Fine, you non-runners are correct. It is a gloried fanny pack. It’s good stuff though. Don’t knock it until you try it.
I have recently purchased a Nathan Hydration Pack, Intensity version! This is something that I have been wanting for a while, because I don’t like to refill my water when I am running and I like to carry other stuff like my phone when I run. I like the idea of training with it, but I don’t know if I will use it the day of the marathon. I will tell you how I like it soon.
Next week’s post: The 20 mile long run.