These are a few of my favorite things….. Most I have found by trial and error (a couple were given to me from contests) and I just wanted to share with you what I have found to work for me. I’m always interested to hear what works for other people, too!
Brooks: I have worn FOUR different models of Brooks shoes. Ravenna 2s, Adrenaline 11s (x3), Adrenaline 12, Adrenaline ASR (trail shoe), Cascadia 7 (trail shoe)
Mizuno Wave Elixir 7–November 2012, I decided I wanted to try a lighter shoe. This one was the winner after trying several different models and brands. It’s still a stability shoe, but has a lower drop from heel to toe, so I have more control and flexibility.
Innov-8 Trailroc 246 Trail Shoe–Just like with the Mizuno Wave Elixir, I wanted a trail shoe that would give me more flexibility and control on how my foot hit the trail. This is especially important when dealing with lots of rocks, roots, etc. It’s also a lower drop shoe. It drains very well and has good traction for the mud.
Lululemon Run: Inspire Crop II (My review)
Lululemon Turbo Run Short –wore this for a marathon and every distance in between. No chafing! Definitely worth the money.
Brooks Glycerin skort –I wore this for a marathon; no chafing and best part, felt cute even when I was such a sweaty mess!
Nike Long Swift Y Back Bra Top —-AWESOME for 65*++. Wore this one for my May 2011 Marathon and had NO chafing issues. Very comfortable.
Run Pretty Far Trail Run Tee –Super soft and comfy. Plus the words are perfect.
Get Lost Gear– I have two short sleeve and one long sleeve from Get Lost. They are some of the best running shirts I have ever found. Bonus, is they are a local company and have fantastic customer service.
Nathan Sports Quickdraw Plus Handheld Waterbottle–When I first started running, I did not like carrying anything in my hand. But, then I found this waterbottle. I carried it through the entire marathon at Cleveland (and that was a REALLY long time). I love that they changed the design and the pocket is now big enough for an iPhone and for my fuel. Unless it’s really hot, this waterbottle can get me through about 18 miles before I need a refill.
Amphipod Hydraform Handheld Waterbottle–I won this from a contest and I didn’t have high hopes. After all, I had a 10oz handheld bottle that I did not like. This one is great. I take this one for any runs that are between 5-10 miles (unless it’s really hot) since it is a 12oz. bottle.
Garmin Forerunner 305 Simply stated, I love it. I’ve been using it for three years and still find new things it does all the time! I do not use the heart rate monitor, though, so a forerunner 205 would be adequate for me.
Garmin Forerunner 410. I upgraded to the 410 in December 2012. My battery on the 305 wasn’t lasting as long as I needed it to last and frankly the 410 is smaller. It’s still a lot larger than a regular watch, but doesn’t look quite as much as computer on my wrist.
1BandId –Such a simple item for peace of mind. Love that it attaches to my watch so that I cannot forget it!
Nathan Reflective vest –Running in the dark? Necessity
Petzl Tikkina Headlamp –Works great and as long as I have it on a hat or a BondiBand, it’s comfortable to wear.
GoSportId blinking lights –thankful for winning these on a facebook contest.
Fuel and drinks:
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews —I have tried a LOT of different types of fuel. This is the one that I have found that doesn’t bother my stomach during long runs. I love that they are a smaller size than a lot of the other brands chews.
Nuun –hydration/electrolyte replacement tablets to be added to water. It doesn’t have the added sugars and other stuff that a lot of sports drinks contain. Great taste and low calorie, too.