These are some of my favorite (running) things. I’ll update this page periodically as I try out new stuff!
Light shoes (speedwork/ short runs): Saucony Kinvara, New Balance 890v3 – discontinued :(
Supportive shoes (mid/ long distance):
Saucony Cortana, New Balance 1080v3
My feet are on the wider side, which rules out a couple of brands (Mizuno and the latest Saucony shoes have been too narrow for my hobbit-like feet). I really like New Balance shoes lately – they strike the perfect balance between weight and support, so I find them to be extremely comfortable. I’ve also run in Brooks Glycerin and Adrenaline, both of which were very comfortable and supportive (here’s my post on My Sneaker History). I usually buy the first of any type of shoe new to me from a running shoe store so I can try them out, and then continue buying shoes from the same line online at Running Warehouse and Zappos.
GPS watch: Garmin Forerunner 210 (find here)
earbuds: Yurbuds review (find here)
They never fall out! UPDATE Aug 2014: I’ve been using my Yurbuds for over a year now, and my only annoyance is that the molded plastic pieces on the earbuds sometimes fall off, and I’ve lost one that way. They’re easy to put back on though, and you can order extras from the company, so not a dealbreaker for me!
Injury Treatment/ Prevention
foot therapy: Foot Rubz review – pictured below (find here)
Much better than the golf ball I used to use – it doesn’t slip around and I use it all over my body when I don’t have access to a foam roller.
foam roller: Rumbleroller (find here)
blister prevention: Rungoo (find here)
I’ve tried half a dozen products to prevent blisters on my feet and Rungoo prevents the worst of my blisters.
I’m not super picky when it comes to fuel, but lately my trusty Gu Energy Gels haven’t been sitting well in my stomach, so I’ve switched to Clif Shot Bloks (margarita flavor), which taste really good and are easy to eat on the go. Powerbar Energy Gels are a recent find; they are much less viscous than Gu gels and therefore easier to eat while running.
bra: Champion T-Back Sports Bra (find here) – I buy them on Amazon for about $20
I’m not that picky about what I wear in the summer – any pair of shorts and tech shirt will do it for me, but I’m picky about my winter layers! Winter does get cold in DC, so I have lots of layering options for temperatures going down to about 15 degrees (lower than that, I’ll take my workout indoors). I’ve also put together a Cold Weather Running Gear Guide for what to wear at every temperature!