I am always interested in the newest and the coolest but here is a list with links of my favorite gear:
Asics I love my Asics. I’ve have 7 pair and though some were not as good as others, I have no complaints. (and they come in pink….yay!)
Balega Socks Probably the most comfortable and most supportive socks out there. After countless runs full of sweaty, tired feet and blisters is when I discovered Balegas. What a difference a sock makes. I haven’t had a blister since and I don’t have to worry about stinky shoes. (plus they come in pink…yay!)
Garmin Forerunner 110 I rarely run without my watch. I have a bad habit of speeding up and burning out too quickly. The Forerunner is comfortable, keeps good time and the fancy schmancy maps and data when you upload the runs are pretty cool. (guess what? pink…yay!!)
Ipod Shuffle I typically run with music. Rarely do I go out without my Shuffle. It keeps me motivated, listening to my breathing sikes me out a bit, music is a great diversion. It’s super small, clips to my shorts and keeps a pretty long charge. (….and it’s…..blue…ha!)
GU Energy Gels For runs longer than 6 miles I will take a gel or two to keep me going. They have two different types of carbohydrates for fuel, sodium and potassium to help with sustaining hydration and amino acids which help with recovery.
The caffeinated ones are great for the super long runs. They give me a little more pep in my step to finish. They come in a lot of flavors, though Espresso Love is pretty, well as yummy as packets full of goo should be.
Gatorade Powder For a last ditch carb loading, my go to is Gatorade powder mix. It has several carbohydrates to get you going and plenty of electrolytes to help ward off dehydration. It’s a good way to get some extra fuel before heading out.
XTEND BCAA’s After most of my runs, I mix a scoop of branch chain amino acids. Briefly the science behind that is during a hard workout you lose a lot of essential amino acids in your muscles and your body does not produce them naturally, they are found in food. Drinking a serving after a long or hard run replenishes what you lose and helps with recovery. I have definitely noticed a difference in how I feel after a glass. I won’t lie, not crazy about the taste. It’s a bit too sweet for my liking. But I recommend to anyone, especially after a workout.
Snickers Yup, you read that correctly. I eat one before every race and every long run (6 miles or more). They have everything I need, carbs, fat, protein and chocolate….mmmmmm. I owe a few race wins to Snickers. In fact I think I might need an endorsement deal. Come on Snickers…what do you say?
Compression Socks Compression socks are great after a long run. They increase circulation which helps in recovery, basically they get my tired legs back to normal in no time.
Trigger Point Grid Foam Roller Ah the dreaded foam roller. So imagine back in the medieval ages all the weird torture devices they had? A foam roller must have been in the repertoire. Boy do they hurt like heck but I cannot tell you how many times this thing has saved me from tight, sore muscles. If used regularly they don’t hurt as bad, I guess, that’s what they say anyway. I use it mostly on super tight calves and hamstrings. I cannot tell you how many times this awful thing has saved me from injury.