Here’s a quick rundown of the gear and accessories I swear by to get me through all the running miles I put in.
I’m very, very fortunate to live within 2 miles of an amazing running store – the Haddonfield Running Company – and they have continued to support runners of all abilities with the best gear and accessories in the running market.
The clothes and gear I come back to most often are my Brooks running shoes. In college, we were sponsored by Nike, but as soon as I graduated, I made the switch to Brooks shoes and apparel. I LOVE BROOKS SHOES. They fit my needs and I like what they stand for as a company.
Other than my Brooks shoes, I have gear and apparel from a variety of companies.
Gear – the clothing and footwear that helps me make the most out of every mile I wear. I don’t wear the same shirt, shorts and socks on every run – but when laundry day comes, these specific clothes are the first to go back into the rotation
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Like I said earlier, I love Brooks’ shoes. I’m currently in the Brooks Levitate 2’s and they are fantastic. Every time I slip them on I feel like Superman. I don’t often say this but, I could wear those shoes all day long.
When I need to be compressed, I go straight to my CEP socks. They keep my calves snug and in place. I most often use them on a longer run or a workout or to help me recover after a run.
I just came across Feetures again as I was marathon training. I have always been about lowcut socks, but my ankles were getting chewed up with the cold. I switched to a higher cut – just above the ankle bone. These socks are AMAZING. So amazing I went out and bought 5 more pairs. Now I have them in black, grey, thin, and thicker.
To keep my flowing locks in place, I’m usually sporting a backward running hat. I love my Nike running hats, but I also love the feel of my Good Day for a Run hat that I won for winning a 5k a few years ago.
Accessories – What I use to make my runs more pleasurable. I don’t always wear everything – but when I’m in need of a boost, I definitely have my favorites that I go to.
I love sunglasses. If I had to only pick one thing to always have on me (almost more so than my phone) it would be sunglasses. I’ve gone through a few pairs of Oakleys and a pair of Smiths, but now I’m hooked on Tifosi. They are polarized, lightweight, don’t slip off my nose and are really freakin’ affordable. I love that they aren’t shaped like traditional running sunglasses and I’m not afraid to beat them up a bit either.
I dug up my old iPod shuffle, you know, the one from 15 years ago and I have a single playlist with about 18 songs on it. What I really like to listen to on runs (and in general) are podcasts. Here are my favorite podcast shows to listen to:
- The GaryVee Audio Experience
- Freakonomics Radio
- Side Hustle School
- Hidden Brain
- Ted Radio Hour
I’m torn on always having a GPS watch for some runners because they become slaves to the device. That’s not me at all. I run for the simple pleasure of just running. I don’t look at splits and obsess over them. I wrote about this idea here.
But now that my step counter and my running watch are combined, my watch never leaves my wrist. I’m currently in the Garmin 235 and it has absolutely everything I need in a watch.
My favorite thing about the watch is that I’m able to add widgets and watch faces to personalize my watch.
There you go! That’s what I wear when I’m heading out the door for a run.
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