Happy Friday! I can’t believe how quickly the week flew by. It was so, incredibly busy and the weekend is going to be 10x crazier, but it’s making the weeks fly by. It’s almost February, which is almost summer. You like that logic? 😉
In keeping up with my new “structure”, I am introducing 5 Favorites Friday! It’ll be an opportunity to share some of my favorite things.
Since running is obviously my fave I decided to start with some of my favorite running gear.
I was definitely a Mizuno girl before, but these shoes changed me! I love how much cushion they have in the heel. I think it’s really helped with my knee pain and it doesn’t hurt that they come in the cutest colors. I recommend buying from a running store so they can properly fit you in the right shoe and style, but if you have a neutral foot but like more cushion I recommend trying a pair of these babies!
I’ve never been in love with an inanimate object so much in my entire life. These headphones are absolutely amazing. There’s something about adjusting your headphones every 5 seconds that makes a run feel 100x longer. These stay in place and I don’t even notice them in my ears. If you invest in only one piece of running gear I recommend these time and time again!
I just invested in a few pairs of these socks within the last couple of months and they have been great for recovery after long runs. They come in a million cute colors and patterns and have these long compression socks, compression sleeves and regular running socks, in addition to compression pants and other gear. I put them on after long treadmill runs, but I can’t wait to run with these in the summer.
If you read this blog over the summer you already know that I am borderline obsessed with running skirts. Thanks to my wonderful parents and husband for feeding this obsession on my birthday last year. I got two of these skirts, one in black and the other in the color and pattern above. These things are amazing and so, incredibly comfortable to run in. I love the fit of the shorts underneath, which have a sticky elastic band to keep them in place so they don’t ride up. I ran both half marathons in this skirt last year and can’t wait to break them out again this summer!!
Last, but definitely not least, is the hydration pack water bottle from Camelbak. I had a terrible run last summer and have refused to do long outdoor runs without a water bottle ever since. It was the middle of summer and HOT and humid. We went for a 7 mile run on the streets around our house, which is farm fields. Aka not shaded. I reached the 6 mile mark and am pretty sure I was fighting a heat stroke. I was lightheaded and dizzy and just wanted to crawl into a ditch. I realize how irresponsible it was to run without water in that kind of heat and refuse to run longer than 3 miles outside without water. I love that you don’t actually have to hold this bottle. It slides on and adjusts to your hand size so I never have to worry about dropping it or having it slide around.
There you have it! Some of my favorite running gear. I think that you should definitely find the gear that works best for you, because everyone’s running gear preferences are way different. I know some people who hate running in skirts (those are the people I like to refer to as “crazy”). And some people swear by hydration belts. Finding the right gear for you can make all the difference in a comfortable and happy run. The longer distance you run the more uncomfortable it can become, so making sure you have everything you need makes a world of difference.
Have a great weekend!