These are the things I wear when I run that keep me from dying.
Bondi Band- keeps the little hairs out of my face and my hairspray filled sweat from searing my eyes like mustard gas. Mine doesn’t have words on it and this girl isn’t me.
Sports Bra- Keeps you from wanting to cut your ladies off. I don’t have a particular fave, I try not to wear cotton ones (see evilness about cotton here) but sometimes I’m cheap (aka poor) and I don’t have $40 to shell out for a bra.
The people at Zensah very kindly sent me this Racerback top and it has become my absolute favorite running top. Too bad I only have one (not for long….watch out Visa, I’m coming for you). It’s light, doesn’t chafe, wicks moisture quickly, and dries rapidly. It’s also super soft and absorbent for those times when you need to wipe your nasty sweaty face with something.
For days when my Zensah top is dirty, I grab my trusty ol’ Nike Pacer Top. This is another go to running top for me at least ten months a year. It is super light weight, is dri-fit (aka wicks sweat from your body), and is loose so it doesn’t make you feel like you are a stuffed sausage. Also nice for those days when you are running a little on the chunkier side..
Underwear. I wear the kind that doesn’t crawl up and make a home in unladylike places. I recently discovered these and am in love.
I used to be a hardcore wearer of the oh so popular Nike Tempo Shorts. But then they chafed me on a 22 miler and I’ve been bitter ever since. I still wear them for shorter runs, but have since converted to the North Face Better than Naked shorts. Oh my gosh. I wore them for the first time in the Chicago marathon and I did not have a single problem. They didn’t ride up, they didn’t chafe, and they dried in minutes. If I could afford to wear these exclusively I would. They even have decent pocket space on the back and spots to hold gels.
When I started having some toe rubbing and grumbling and blistering I started wearing Injinji toe socks. I hate paying $12 for a pair of socks, but whatever. They are super thin, I haven’t had a single blister since and they feel good.
Asics Gel Nimbus 12 - I LOVED the Gel Nimbus 11. I ordered the updated 12′s hated them, changed my mind and reordered them in another size.
Garmin Forerunner 305 – Oh how I love thee. I used to “estimate” how far I was running, turns out that just because you think you are running an eight minute mile does not mean that in 16 minutes you will have run 2. Turns out that it is closer to 1.2276752. Sad face. This is a good thing to have if you want to lose weight because you won’t be able to eat for a while after buying it. Worth it, but just saying.
I’ve used about four different kinds of race belts to hold crap and the only one I’ve found that doesn’t bounce is the iFitness belt. I wore it through the marathon and it held six gels, my phone, my shuffle, headphones, toilet paper, gum, and chapstick. The pouch is also water resistant which comes in handy after you’ve been running for 4 hours and are a sweaty beast.
Road ID – I ordered this in red to assuage my mother. Also because I live in a dangerous city with weird crime and my body could show up in a field at any moment. I just want people to identify my body in a timely manner before my face gets chewed on by cats. It is also 900 degrees outside and if I pass out I need whoever finds me to tell the EMT’s that I’m allergic to sulfa and to call my mom.
I listen to music when I run because I have ADD and I get bored. I have no interest in getting in touch with nature, so suck it “No IPOD” marathons.
I also run with water because I can’t psychologically go without it, even if it’s 10 feet. This little bottle is easy to carry and has a nice little pouch for your keys, gum, and knife (in case of rapists or kidnappers).
For really long runs I use a CamelBak Charm that holds about 50 ounces. I was really surprised that it didn’t bounce or seriously molest the hell out of my shoulders.
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