For those who run – and those who don’t but like reading about cool gadgets

My new running shoes JUST arrived today, and I realized just how much I rely on all my running accessories to get me through my workouts.  So I thought I’d share my favorites.

These products are necessary.  Whether you are not a runner, and one mile or less is all you are up for (well maybe not “up for,” but willing to put your body through), or a practiced marathoner, I highly recommend looking into these or similar items.

Body Glide is necessary if you are a long-distance runner – male or female.  Just rub it on anywhere that tends to chafe and you are good to go – chafe free. (But really – this has saved my skin)

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I am in love with this little guy.  A couple years ago, I messed up my right hip by running on orthotics that had been molded to my teenaged feet.  Big mistake.  Anyways, it really messed with my gait, and I had to re-learn how to run, which was a disaster.

Fast forward a couple of years, and now because of my failure to understand that I was no longer a teenager with teenage feet, my side hip gets super tight. But this ball is a miracle worker at releasing those spots – such as my side hip – that are hard to get at using a traditional foam roller.  It might be the best purchase I’ve ever made.

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Bryan bought me this watch for my birthday these year, and I love it.  I used to use map my run on my phone, but I had noticed that that app wasn’t always accurate.  Garmin has a built in GPS, monitors your sleep and heart rate, and receives calls/texts.  I also just found a new feature where you can monitor when you need to buy new shoes – which is usually about every 300-400 miles.

I have the vívoactive 3 version.

Also, as a side note, I have never found earbuds that work better than the ones that come with your apple products.  All the other pairs I have tried fall out of my ears.

  • Cliff Bars

Favorite pre-run snack.  These give you enough sugar to get a long run in, but without being too heavy so that you’d rather blerch and take a nap. (If you haven’t heard of the blerch, and you like to run and/or eat, click here.  I promise you, it’ll be worth it.)

  • Thorlo Pads

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These are my favorite running socks ever.  The heel and the toe are padded to ward off blisters, but the body of the socks are still breathable.  Like I said in a previous post, Bryan actively tries to steal these from me every time he visits.

Anyways, these are my favorite running accoutrements.  I hope you enjoyed. And if you have gotten this far and haven’t clicked on the blerch link, you are missing out.