I started running at age 12. I am now 26. 26 – 12 = 14 years of running. That is a lot of running.
Throughout my lots of years of running, I have certainly tried enough running attire, running shoes, and general running brands to confidently solidify my favorites of each. So, if you’re interested in hearing what the best running things ever are, then read on.
1. Favorite Running Shirt – The Adidas Sequencials Fitted Top – $36
Adidas Sequencials Fitted Top
This shirt is amazing. It’s actually my “lucky shirt” now because it was the one I wore to race the Austin 1020 when Doug proposed! I think it was the coolness of the shirt that really got him to go down on one knee. Anywho, this shirt is lightweight and has zippers on the side so you can put a key or your ID in it on your run. There is also a “hole” in the back so that it vents nicely. AND it doesn’t really show sweat. I mean I’m sure that depends partly on the color of shirt you choose, but I think it’s the material too. This is an excellent buy.
2. Favorite Racing Shorts – Champion Women’s Advanced Performance Short Tight – $17
Champion “Short Tights” – Found at Target
I have owned one pair of these shorts for about 8 years now and they are STILL my racing shorts of choice even faded and worn. They are cheap and perfect. There is really not much to them. What I love about them is that they are made of mostly Polyester and they don’t need to be “adjusted” every few minutes from riding up too high. Part of the reason for that could be because they are so short in the first place there isn’t really any “riding up” they can do, but it works. I just wish Champion would come out with some awesome colors for these. I would go on a shopping spree then!
3. Favorite Training Shoes – Saucony Kinvara 4 (or 3) – $100
Saucony Kinvara 4
It was love at first try-on. These shoes are lightweight (6.7 oz to be exact), comfy but not overly “cushiony”, and they come in EXCELLENT colors. I am one for bright colors, especially on my feet. This is the first kind of shoe I have purchased more than once – and I have actually gone through over four pairs of them now! I love training in them and I even love racing in them for the way longer distances. Anything over a half marathon, I’ll choose these to race in. They are definitely light enough and supportive enough. Love. Love. Love. Thank you, Saucony!
4. Favorite Racing Shoes – New Balance 1600 – $110
New Balance 1600
I race in these for distances of half marathons and below. They are incredibly comfortable and tight fitting at the same time. They are “minimalist”-ish but not to the extreme by any means. When I put my foot inside this shoe, it feels like it just went in a really comfortable sock with protection at the bottom. That is a perfect feeling for a race shoe, because you don’t want to carry any extra weight around with a shoe on race day. You just need enough support to get you through the race as fast as possible. These are it!
5. Favorite Running Tights – Nike Pro Core Compression – $42
Nike Pro Compression Tights
Talk about bright colors! I have these in light blue and fire engine red. Normally, I despise tights. I feel like I am right in between sizes, so when I get the medium, they fall down, but when I get the small, they cut off my circulation. These, however, are out of this world. I raced in them throughout the winter (when it was above 20 degrees, that is) and never had to adjust. They fall at the perfect length just below the knee, and aren’t too thick or too thin. Just perrrrfect. I love you, Nike Pro Compression Tights.
6. Favorite Running Watch – Garmin Forerunner 10 – $130
Garmin Forerunner 10
If this was 6 months ago, I would have said my favorite watch was the Walmart $10 special. I used to go through cheap watches like I went through toilet paper. I saw no point in buying an expensive watch and I wanted nothing to do with knowing my pace every second of every run. Life changed, though. I got a coach and he told me to get one. And thank god I did! This watch in particular I love because (1) it is purple, (2) it only cost $130 when I thought I would have to spend well over $200 for one of these babies, and (3) it is so easy to use and so not intimidating. It beeps every mile, which is a little annoying, but I am sure there is a way to turn that off if I wanted to. It’s nice to not have to map out my route before I go running to make sure I get the correct amount of mileage in. All I have to do now is strap on my watch, head out the door, and go! Great purchase. I will never be a Walmart $10 Special watch buyer ever again.
7. Favorite Sports Bra – Nike Pro Dri-Fit Sports Bra – $30
Nike Pro Dri-Fit Sports Bra
It’s the only one I’ll wear. I will even be really gross sometimes and hang these up to dry after a run and wear them the next day just so that I don’t run out before laundry day comes around. My only advice with this product would be to go down a size from what you normally wear. Just runs a tad big in my opinion. This thing holds it all down and doesn’t let anything go anywhere! Also comes in great colors and patterns. Enough said.
8. Favorite Pre-Race Food – Bagel, Peanut Butter, and Banana – $3?
Bagel, Peanut Butter, and Banana
For 14 years this hasn’t changed. This hasn’t changed from when I was getting ready to race the mile in high school to when I was getting ready to race my first marathon two years ago. [Knock on wood] this pre-race meal has never done me wrong! And it’s bizarre how race day comes along and it’s ALL I want two hours before the race. No matter what time the race is, what day the race is on, what I had the night before, I crave a bagel, peanut butter, and banana, and that is it. Simple. Delicious. High in protein. High in potassium. High in carbs. Check, check, check!
I have a lot more favorite running things, like favorite race to run, favorite place to run, favorite people to run with, etc. but I think I will save those for another time. This post is mainly “product” focused, so I’ll keep it that way. Now I just have to get a raise at work so I can afford more of these favorite things. 🙂 Hope everyone has a great week!
What are your favorite running things that stand out?