Anyone who’s been running for a while will tell you that running is the most expensive “free” sport there is, and it’s totally true!
Theoretically, you could put on a pair of tennis shoes, sweats, and an old t-shirt and still get in a great work out, but where’s the fun in that?! Especially with all the neon colored shoes, neat compression socks, pretty patterned tights, funny shirts, and GPS watches that give you more information than you’d ever need. And don’t even get me started on races!
Honestly if you’ve have been running for a while you begin to learn that some of this stuff is necessary or at least makes running more enjoyable. Sure, maybe the fancy GPS watch that can tell you your VO2 Max and recovery time is nifty to have, but it’s not necessary. Shoes that fit your feet and running form, however, definitely are!
So today I wanted to talk a little but about my running gear. What I wear and why I wear it, that kind of thing. And I know just about every fitness blogger and their brother has talked about their gear, but it’s a fun subject! 😉
Most runners would agree that shoes are the most important piece of equipment for the sport. So it’s important to make sure you have a pair that works for you.
While I’ve yet to actually be fitted for a pair of running shoes, I have gone through a bit of trial and error when it comes to finding the right shoes for me, and at this point I think I have. 😄
I currently have 2 pairs; Nike Free 5.0’s (left) and Nike LunarGlide 6’s (right). I’ve taken the liberty of customizing my Free’s a bit. I thought the plain black was boring, so I added some paint splatters to make them more interesting. 😁
Anyway, I think this may be an unpopular opinion, but I LOVE Nike Free’s! I like being able to feel every bump and crack and whatnot on the road. Plus when I run I land on the outside of my feet and they roll inward (pronation? Supination? I can never remember which ones which), and my Free’s allow my feet to do so.
I’ve run is super supportive/stabilizing shoes that didn’t let my feet roll the way they naturally do and that ended up being super painful for me. I’m never making that mistake again.
This is my second pair of 5.0’s but I’m kinda debating going down to the 3.0’s. I think that would be fun! I’m definitely a fan of super lightweight, minimalistic shoes!
I’m not exactly a fan of my LunarGlides. They aren’t uncomfortable or anything, and I can run in them without any issues, they just have a little more cushion than I would like.
In my opinion, sports bras are the second most important piece of equipment for us ladies. Things can get super uncomfortable and even downright painful without a good sports bra.
Yet again I’m a fan of Nike’s sports bras (this is going to be a running theme, I like me some Nike!). They compress things just enough to minimize bouncing without being uncomfortably tight. Plus, I like to use mine as a pocket! It’s where I keep my pepper spray!
I also like the VS sports bras that zip up the front. I think they’re very comfortable and super easy to get out of after a run. You girls know what I’m talking about. The only downside is that they don’t double as a pocket.
I’m not very picky when it comes to socks. As long as they’re moisture wicking (SUPER important) and fun colors I’m a happy camper.
I do have one pair of compression socks (the gray/purple pair). I probably don’t wear them as often as I should, but I’m pretty sure they help my shin issue, which is a definite plus.
Again like socks, I’m not all that picky. They need to be moister wicking, fun colors/patterns, light weight, and not chafe (although I’ve never had a top chafe thus far).
Running tights are my favorit and if I could I’d wear them all year round!!
My favorite pair are my Nike tights (if you’ve read my Longview half recap of my Running With the Cows recap you’ve seen them 😉). They’re super lightweight, but not see through. They fit me PERFECTLY and have a drawstrings and a pretty big pocket.
Both of those are very important to me. I need a drawstring because my waist is a lot smaller than my hip/butt area, making it hard for me to find pants that fit and don’t fall down, especially while on the run. And pockets are important because I want a place to keep my phone, fuel, pepper spray, and whatever else I might need on the run.
Meh, I’m not a fan of shorts (chub rub is real!!) but they are a necessary evil. Especially in the summer.
I like Nike shorts though. They fit me pretty well. The running shorts have drawstrings and a little pocket and the basketball shorts are super comfy and actually help with my chub rub problem. They don’t have pockets though…
There was a time when I would NEVER wear hats while on the run, but recently I’ve realized just how useful they are! They shade your face/neck (well kinda, if you wear it backwards), they keep rain out of your eyes, they keep your hair out of your face (and better than headbands, in my experience), and if you get too hot, dump some water or ice into it and you should be good to go!
Now, I don’t have any moisture wicking hats, and I’m sure it would make summer running so much better if I did. but my super awesome, blaze orange, Winchester hat that used to belong to my grandpa (who ran at least a mile everyday before he got cancer) has a mesh back, so that’s actually been working out quite well for me. At the very least it allows some heat to escape from my head and reflects the sun, being such a bright color and all. The other two work really well in any weather that’s not super crazy hot. 🙂
I know, I know, I said they aren’t necessary, and they totally aren’t, but I haven’t run without a GPS watch since 2013. They’re just so nifty!! And they can be super helpful while training, but still, I wouldn’t call them a “necessity”.
I’m currently using the Garmin Forerunner 235 and I love it! Not only does it keep track of all my running stats it also tracks steps, sleep, and has a built in hear rate monitor that can track your heart rate all day (unlike the 225 that only tracked HR when the watch was in running mode). And the fact that mines a pretty color makes me super happy. –
So there you have it! The very basics of my running gear! Shoes, socks, shirts, shorts, and hats! What more could a runner need? Probably not much. What more could a runner want? Well, that’s a completely different story. 😉