Running Gear: A Few of My Favorites

#1 These are a few things I've collected and used over time that have proved worth the money spent.
#2 Everybody runs differently so everybody needs different things...these are just the things that work for me!

Essential...the SHOES:
Mizuno Wave Rider
 
I've worn many a pairs of the Mizuno Wave Rider.  It's a great neutral shoe.  I usually buy last year's model on sale so it doesn't hurt my checkbook quite so badly.  You can click the pic to go to www.roadrunnersports.com which has become my go-to for decent shoes at a decent price.
 
 
Second runner up:
Nike Air Pegasus
 
For some reason, I experienced a little foot pain not long ago so I went back to these from the Mizuno for a bit and the pain subsided.  I've since gone back to the Mizuno, but it's nice to have something a bit different if you feel like you need a change.
 
 
Next...the SHORTS:
 
Ok...I just realized that Champion (www.championusa.com ) does not carry my all-time favorite running shorts anymore!  Maybe they'll bring it back.  Anyway, while I was looking around the site I saw these:
Champion Women's Mileage Running Shorts
And these:

 


Champion PerforMax® Aero Cool Women's Shorts
 
Both look worthy of a try.  I like ordering from Champion (I always wait til they offer free shipping) because you can always return the goods even if you've worn them a hundred times.  BUT, you can find similar styles at Target, which is nice if you're not sure of the sizing.
 
 
You need a SHIRT to go with that:
I'm not too picky about my shirt.  I usually just wear shirts I've earned from races, but if I were going to spend money on a shirt I love these Under Armour tees:

Women's UA Tech Shirt
 
These are not the slick, tight-fitting Under Armour shirts, but rather a soft, but still sweat-wicking tee.  Very comfy.  I've actually never ordered from underarmour.com but I've bought a couple of these off ebay for a fraction of the price.
 
 
When it's COLD outside:
 
Athleta Half Mile Hoodie
 
I got this jacket not long ago with a Gap giftcard I got for Christmas (from my loving sons :) ) and I LOVE it!  It's nice and warm without being bulky and has all kinds of nice features...scuba hoodie with covered zipper so it won't rub against your neck, thumb holes so you can pull the sleeves over you hands, a nice size pocket in the back plus big zipper pockets up front.  It's everything I needed in a jacket!  BUT, my friend had a very similar jacket that she bought at Wal-Mart so you don't have to spend big bucks to find something like this.
 
For the legs:
 

Champion PerforMax® Aero Cool Women's Knee Tights
 
These probably don't really do much to keep me warm but they're what I wear when it's too cold for just shorts.  At least it keeps the draft down.
 

 
And the UNDER LAYER:

Champion Shape and Shape Too! Sports Bras
 
I like these because they make it look like I actually may need a sports bra. :) They're flattering yet simple and very comfortable.
 
The bottom half:
[I was going to insert a picture here of the Victoria's Secret Body Seamless Hiphugger Panty but the only picture available is of a seductive model so I'll leave it out, but these are the best, wedgie free, non-chafing underwear I've worn.]
 
For the feet:
Champion Double Dry® Performance Low-Cut Heel Shield® Women's
 
I'm not real picky about my socks, but these have proven faithful...and they're not too pricey.
 
 
The finishing DETAILS:
These hold my hair snug without pulling or sliding out.
 
 
And my WISHLIST:
 
Right now, I run with an oldschool Suunto watch which serves the purpose and includes the heart rate monitor, but since I don't have a smartphone with GPS I'd love to have one of these:
Garmin Forerunner 10
 
And I somehow managed to make it through my marathon training without a nice fuel belt, but next time around I'd like to have this:
Nathan Speed 2 Waistpack
 
 
Let's top it off with a little MOTIVATION:
 
I'm not sure how any one runs without a subscription to Runner's World magazine. You can get a deal on it at magazines.com.
 
 
In the end:
 

You can put in a lot of miles without any special gear (that's the beauty of running), but finding a few things you like can really help you run more comfortably, which will in turn keep you running longer. 
 
Now go run!
 
 
(And sign-up for a race! www.active.com)
 
 


 
 
 
 
 

 




Comments

  1. love it all. I agree about alot of the Champion stuff at Target, great place to get things. Academy Sports also has good stuff. I have been very happy with the bcg line of running tights, jackets, etc and it is not pricey either (tights were less than $20 and have worn well, got a jacket for $22). AND I completely agree about Runners World. What a consistently good publication. I read each issue about 3 times before passing on.

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    1. I haven't tried anything from bcg...I'll have to check that out. Thanks!

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