I am what you would call a ‘bare bones’ runner, I like to bring very little with me when I run. I don’t even like to carry a watch with me. It’s much more relaxing and freeing when I can just focus on my pace, and my breathing.
So what do I need for a run? Here is ‘My Running Must Haves’:
- A good sports bra. My current fav. is The Shockingly Unshocking bra from New Balance. If you are working out without wearing a good quality sports bra you are risking permanent damage.
- The perfect fitted shoes. You want to make sure your running shoes fit perfectly. When you find the perfect fit, it should feel like you are walking on a cloud. You shouldn’t feel any pressure on your feet, for example you might feel pressure on your arch if you are wearing the wrong size. You need to find out how your foot hits the ground, if you over or under pronate, etc. Getting a professional fitting will be beneficial.
- Something for Music. I use an iPod Shuffle (the 2nd generation one). I can clip it onto my shirt and forget about it. No need for a bulky arm band!
- Fitbit. I keep my fitbit on me at all times for the most part. I like counting my steps and it connects with Sparkpeople so it helps me adjust my calories too.
If I am training or doing a timed run I will bring a watch with me, and if it’s a long run I will bring a water belt too.
*Update* – I just have to update this post and mention my newest running must-have. I have been using the LifeTrak Zone C410W and I absolutely love it! It tracks sleep, steps, miles, calories… It’s great!
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