A Review of My Favorite Running Gear
I've done gear reviews for almost a decade - even though the blog is only going on 4 years old. When we minimized and moved, I really had to evaluate the stuff I had accumulated - often because I was doing a review. I pared running gear down to only what I really used on a very regular basis.
Not that you will love what I love (we're all unique after all), but if I can guide you to a product that's amazing, how cool is that? I don't make any money off these reviews, I don't get any free product. I'm just me promoting companies and products that work and that I love using. I hope you'll enjoy my favorite running gear as much as I do!
- Altra Shoes. I'm not into any fads, so the zero drop was something I tried, but didn't stick with. Until I broke my foot. My marathon running podiatrist told me zero drop. My friend Pete gave me a pair of these to try out and the owner of Reno Running Company - Matt - told me it was a great choice. I love them!!!
- FlipBelt. When I had to start carrying an inhaler and I knew I should carry my phone, I tried at least half a dozen products. I don't like having anything on my stomach but this fits and feels great. No issues and it's easy to carry what I need - including keys. I never remember I have it on.
- RecoFit Compression. Not only an amazing product, but I also had the pleasure to get to know Suzie, the one-man woman behind the company. I hadn't been happy with any compression so I was her worst critic going into the tryouts (at a women's retreat 3 years ago). I love them!! This is the only compression gear I use. Her story is worth reading and her products are amazing.
- Oiselle Roga shorts (and everything else). I got to know these wonderful women at the same women's retreat that I met Suzie at. I was a skirt girl. Once I got to try these shorts, I got rid of all my skirts!! I've added to my collection and I've never once been disappointed. My T-shirts are 3 years old and still, in great shape, they make the best sports bras (I'd replace all of mine if I could)
- Balega socks. I've tried every single kind of running sock there is and these are the only ones I wear. They're the perfect height above my shoes and the right amount of cushion.
- Nathan handheld water bottle, When I run a half marathon, I put electrolyte in my handheld and utilize aid stations for water only. Otherwise, I carry water on my shorter runs. You don't "hold" this - it stays on without effort which is why I like it. It's also not big or heavy.
- Polar V800 watch I was a Garmin girl for 8 years but a team I was on recommended this. It's still a little bulky but that's the nature of a running watch. The only thing it doesn't do is track heart rate without a strap. I love it - it's easy to use and it is smaller than my Garmin. In a perfect world, it would be smaller and read heart rate through my wrist. Maybe someday.