Every runner knows that you can’t achieve your goals without the proper gear, so here is some of my equipment that I use for every run. I guess I should mention that all of these items have been purchased from retail vendors and I do not get compensated in any way to plug these items; they are just what I currently like to use.
When you run long distances, you tend to have to shop for shoes quite often. Most runners get 400-500 miles from a pair of shoes (according to info I found) and having a backup plan is a good, but expensive idea. I tend to overpronate when I run, so I went shopping for a pair of shoes that helped with this running style. After some extensive research, I settled on the Nike+ Zoom Vomero 7. It is a light shoe with great cushioning and numerous color options. I chose the gray/orange combo against the protests of my wife. I also have an old pair of Asics that I wear in muddy trail runs and a pair of Nike+ Livestrong shoes that I occasionally use, but the Vomero 7’s are my curreny and primary running shoe.
For my most recent birthday, my wife got me the Nike+ Sportswatch GPS with Nike+ Sensor. The GPS is powered by TomTom and it is very easy to upload data from the watch to my computer. Whenever and wherever I run, I can record data with this watch. The watch utilizes its GPS function when I’m running outdoors and the sensor (which slips into the shoe of my shoes) works perfectly when I decide to use the treadmill. The watch tells me my current pace, average pace, distance traveled, calories burned, Nikefuel earned, time elapsed, and current time. If I don’t run for a few days, the alarm goes off as a gentle reminder to get back out there. After uploading the data to my computer, the Nike+ website will track my runs so I can see my progress or regression, as well as keep track of my weekly, monthly, and yearly miles. I also can add notes about the weather, which shoes I wore, how I felt post race, and any notes I might want to write to refer to at a later date. My personal records and trends are just a click away, as is my routes. This is the perfect device for any runner, especially a nerdy runner like me.
I wear numerous brands of tech shirts and shorts, and I really can’t tell much of a difference in any of them. My Nike shirts seem to be a touch bigger than the others, but not enough that I need to buy a different size than the other shirts. Being a heavy sweater, and bald, I need to wear a hat while I run. The problem is, every hat will be sweated through between miles 3 and 4, regardless of the temperature. I will say though, my Under Armour hat dries quicker than my Nike dri-fit hat, so I do prefer to wear the Under Armour one. I don’t have any specialty running socks that I use, but I may investigate those this year.
I use the Yurbuds Inspire earbuds and they are excellent against sweat and the weather. The company claims that they are guaranteed not to fall out, but that is not quite 100% true. You must find the proper size to wear and insert them into your ears utilizing the proper technique. Yurbuds has great customer service and is very dedicated to getting customers into the proper head gear. I had a size 5, but after consulting with them, it was determined that I needed a specialty size 4. They exchanged my earbuds free off charge, even though I was well beyond the warranty exchange period. My Yurbuds do stay in my ears better than any other product that I have tried, but I have had an issue or two with them falling out when I get extremely sweaty.
I carry my iPhone with me when a run and use an Armpocket XTREME i-30 to hold it. I chose this product because I’m asthmatic and it can hold my phone, inhaler, gels/GU’s, and keys. It is comfortable and keeps my stuff dry, but it was not designed for the iPhone 5. When I had my iPhone 4, the phone fit perfectly and I could store everything with no issues, but now, the headphone jack juts out a little bit. It isn’t that big of a deal, just a minor inconvenience. The printing on the product is reflective and once I put on the arm band, it never moves.
On my longer runs, I use a Camelback pack for my water. I went with the 70 ounce version that is used by the military basically because it is what I already had.I’m sure wearing a backpack full of water isn’t for everyone, but I do prefer it to carrying a water bottle.
I don’t always carry my id on me, even though I easy could in the Armpocket, but I do always wear my RoadID bracelet. It has my name, brief medical info, and emergency contacts on it, as well as a short inspiration quote on it. This is great info to share in case of emergency, especially for someone with a severe allergy, asthma, or contagious disease. I went with the RoadID elite and I actually wear it all day. It has a black, silicone band with a metal watch like buckle and a metal information plate.