according to my garmin, i ran over 500 miles in twenty fifteen. while these miles strengthened my legs, they also taught me which running products work for me, and which don’t.
here’s what worked for me this year.
watch: garmin forerunner 220
this watch has a long battery life (which was why i upgraded from the forerunner 10). i’ve just started playing with all of the features, like creating a workout on the computer and sending it to your phone and pace alerts. there are new cooler garmins with wrist heart rate monitors, but i’m happy with this one for now.
top: i don’t have a go-to t-shirt while i run. i should probably get one, but right now i mostly wear race shirts.
shorts: oiselle roga shorts
i recently discovered oiselle and i’m already addicted. these shorts are light weight, fit perfectly, and prevent chaffing.
socks: cep compression socks
i am still trying out different compression sock/sleeve combinations. i really like cep for compression though, i also use their calf sleeves.
jacket: brooks lsd jacket (men’s) (on this link it’s only $45 instead of $98, but it does have the marathon logo on it)
the twin cities marathon had a deal on this jacket after the marathon. it has been perfect for chilly morning runs because it is warm and reflective, but also super lightweight. the best part is that when i’m warm enough to take it off, it zips into a mini pouch and fits perfectly in my camelbak pocket.
hydration pack: camelbak marathoner
i’ve been training with this pack for over a year and wore it during both of my mararthons. it holds 1.5 liters of water, but the key is the front pockets where i stuff my keys, phone, sunglasses, map, and lots of gu. i’ve even convinced some of my running buddies to get it and they seem really happy.
fuel: gu chomps
i can’t provide a link to the gu chomps because i realized yesterday that they’re discontinued. now they have “gu energy chews” in a package half the size. i haven’t decided if i’ll try something else or put up with twice the packaging.
headband: nike headbands
i bought this pack of headbands in the spring and i still wear them all the time. i like how tight they are, so i rarely need to adjust them and they never fall down. plus i like the neutral colors and patterns.
visor: headsweats superior sun visor
this is the best visor. since i haven’t found a pair of running sunglasses that i like (i feel like i look like the terminator in all of them) i wear a visor instead. what’s so cool about this one is that it uses sweatband material for the band. it’s incredibly comfortable and i can just throw it in the wash after a run.
road id: fitbit charge hr road id
i wear so much on my wrist during a race (garmin, fitbit, pace bands) that adding a bracelet for the road id overwhelmed me. i was very excited when i learned that they have a tag that goes right on my fitbit. on it i have my parents’ phone numbers, my allergies and a motivational saying (from galaxy quest). hopefully i’ll never need it, but i feel much safer with it.