Happy Sunday, everyone! Hope everyone is having a wonderful long weekend. I wanted to share some of my favorite running-related products today. These definitely aren’t necessities, but they have had such a positive impact on my day-to-day running experience that I thought I would spread the word. So, without further ado, here they are:
1. Nike Flyknit Lunar 3 Running Shoes
I got these back in April when I was training for my half-marathon. My old shoes were wearing down and I wanted enough time to break in a new pair of shoes before race day. I really like bright colors in my running shoes, for some reason, and so as soon as I saw these, I knew I had to try them on. Looks aside, though, this shoe also had me sold for several other reasons. Since I run mostly on concrete, the impact puts a lot of pressure on my knees so I wanted a shoe with good cushioning at the bottom. At the same time, because I run for relatively long distances, I also needed a shoe that was light. These shoes fit both criteria perfectly!
I tried on a few other different pairs of shoes hoping to find a cheaper alternative but none of them had my ideal balance of cushion/weight. So I went ahead and got these. These are by far my favorite running shoes that I’ve ever owned. And they look amazing (in my opinion)! 🙂
2. Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch
I absolutely love this watch! My biggest issue with running has always been pacing myself. I like to take it easy, especially in the beginning, because I’m always worried that I’ll run out of steam before the end of my run. And usually, I always end up going slower than I think I’m going. After I got this watch, I would check my pace every now and then and adjust my speed to get to where I want to be. It keeps track of your split times and maps where you run, so if you sync it to your computer when you get back, you’ll have a whole detailed breakdown of your workout! I did that every day during my training for the half-marathon and I was able to see how I improved over the weeks. This watch doesn’t monitor heart rate, but it’s a pretty good entry-level watch if you’re looking to get your first GPS watch. It’s definitely worth it, in my opinion.
3. Lululemon Run: Inspire Crop II Pants
These are a life saver–especially on those cold, early morning runs. I’ll be honest, I really wanted to hate these so I could return them and get back my $90+, but after trying them on and taking a run in them, I knew they were a keeper. These kept my legs so warm! Compared to the rest of my body, at least. And they’re super lightweight and don’t get in the way of movement at all. I also love how they have the zipper pocket in the back so I can stick my cards/keys in it. These come in several different designs, and they all look good! I just wanted mine to be as close to a solid color as possible, and the geometric pattern on these is hardly noticeable. But if you want bright colors, they definitely have those too! It is a pretty steep price tag for a pair of running pants…but I absolutely LOVE these.
4. R-Gear Drymax No Show Socks
Writing this post reminded me that I need to get more of these. If you’ve been getting blisters from running in cotton socks, give these a try! These socks will prevent your feet from sliding around while you run. They’re made of 74% drymax-olefin (not quite sure what that is), 11% polyester, 11% nylon, and 5% elastane. They’re very thin and breathable, and I love how they have an anti-slip wedge in the back to prevent your socks from getting pulled down into your shoes. These were pretty pricey at $27 for a 3-pack, but I only used these on my longer runs so 3 actually turned out to be enough.
Hope you guys found this post helpful! Let me know if you end up trying out any of these products. Also, if you have other running favorites (apps, clothing, etc.), do let me know as well 🙂 Have a great rest of your Labor Day weekend!