Jumping on the bandwagon here! And multitasking for the win. 😃 If you’re reading this on a computer, you may have noticed a menu item called “Goals and Gears” up there to the left? No? Well, that’s good then as I forgot all about it and hadn’t updated it in about a year. Ooof, it was rough. As I was working on updating it, I realized it could be tied in with the holiday season. 🎁 Gift guides are the all rage right now so why not join in? And if you’re looking for more details on my favorite things, check out my new page- The Slacker Runs With.
As runners we can all list things we would like to have, things we want, things we desperately need, etc. I like learning what other runners love though, what is their tried and true and keeps them running everyday? There must be a reason right? So before we get to the wants, how about-
A few of my favorite things-
Shoes– Can’t run without those!
Socks– Did you know some people run without socks? How does that even work?
I love my Pro Compression socks. I’ve always been a bright and funky sock person and rock knee socks on a regular basis so these were just a match made in heaven. Compression, knee high and awesome patterns? Sold!
Skirts– I never thought I would run in a skirt but I gave it a shot and they rock. My favorites are both by Lululemon – Pace Rival II and Pleat to Street. I thought the pleats would drive me batty but then I discovered that there are 5 pockets. 5! I also love their Speed shorts for training.
Belt– Fitletic I’ve owned 3 of these belts. I’ve tried many others but I always come back to to Fitletic. I hate bounce and wear my belt super low (like butt lift low- I got that comment at a race once) and this works great. It fits everything I need and I can attach my pepper spray to it as well.
For most runs, I grab whatever water bottle is nearest to me but for races I carry my own sports drink in an Ultimate Direction Jenny Handy 10oz. I tend to over hydrate in races so this smaller size works for me. For hikes and trail runs, I have a Nathan Fire Catcher. I don’t have a bladder for it, I just rely on the 2 10oz bottles in the front.
As for that sports drink- I love Skratch Labs. I love the orange hydration mix. Yum. 🙂 Plus it’s fun to say. For some reason my mother finds it hilarious when I say I am out of Skratch.
Watch– Garmin Forerunner 220. I love numbers and everything it tracks. Truthfully it probably tracks way more than I know. I wish they still made real user manuals. Am I showing my age here?
Sunglasses– Sunskis I have really poor eyesight and issues handling too much brightness so shades are a must. I also tend to destroy sunglasses very quickly. I love Sunski’s. Polarized, very affordable and cool looking too? Score! And both pairs lasted at least a year. Win in my book!
Road ID– I don’t carry my ID when I run. I misplace my debit card all the time, my license would probably run away just as quick. This bracelet has my name, 2 emergency contacts and any medical alerts I might need them to know. Stylish and smart all at the same time.
Pepper spray– Always be prepared. You never know what you may run into. They even make stylish colors now. 😊
Other ideas- Wants-
A new PR– but we can only give that to ourselves, right?
Race entries– We love our bling but those shiny medals cost a pretty penny- anything helps. 😝
Awesome running shirts– In the last year, I’ve come to love shirts with sayings on them- inspirational and funny alike. The internet is full of them. My favorite? Check out Pavement Runner and the #WeRunSocial gear.
Shoes!!!!– runners are picky- gift cards are awesome if you aren’t sure what their favorite.
Music– the right music can be a big part of running- help them add to their collection.
Go for a run with them!
and here’s an oldie from 2013 for you!
What are your favorites?
What did I miss?
*I am not sponsored or compensated for any of the above. Hell, the companies don’t even know I exist. 😏
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