Today’s Five Things Friday will go over the things that I love/can’t live without as a runner.
In random order:
I heard about Sparkle Skirts from my running group. I worked for Leah, the Queen Mum of Sparkle during the 2013 Princess Half Marathon and came home with two sparkle skirts.
Pros: Sparkle Tech skirts have shorts underneath with large pockets enough to hold everything you need, with a zippered pocket in front. The shorts don’t ride up and the Sparkle Skirts team have the best customer service ever. They’re sparkly, cute and fun. Love!
Cons: This one is tough but I’d have to say price, even though they are worth it. Prices can range from $50-$80 and up.
Having a very sensitive tummy, I’m very picky about what I use as fuel when running long distances. I exclusively used Clif Shot Bloks – they are great and never made me sick but I found that they can get really hard once you open them and who wants to lose a tooth?
All the gels out there made me vomit. I researched Honey Stinger and decided to give it a try. Not everyone carries them – but Dick’s Sporting Goods does!! I was upset when every single race expo in 2013 that I visited didn’t have them…anyway, I bought a waffle in each flavor and one pack of chews.
Pros: They are organic and natural and easy to digest (at least for this girl with a sensitive tummy). The waffles come in five flavors: Honey, Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry and Lemon. Lemon!! Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a lemon whore. The waffles taste just like a cookie. The organic chews are tiny and lightly sweetened. I really enjoy the orange blossom ones. I have not tried their gels (although I did buy them, they’re in my stash) nor the energy/protein bars.
Cons: None! 🙂 Well, other than wishing that most retailers carried them (at least at the race expo). I wish for a lifetime of honey stinger waffles.
I’ve used Feetures! running socks as well as Injinji toe socks and while they’re great socks and I love them both, I prefer running longer distances in Thorlo. I still buy Injinji and Feetures but for shorter distance runs.
Pros: Thorlo Experia running socks are made of a polyester blend which wicks away moisture and odor. They’re also padded right where you need it: heels, toes, arches and under ball of foot. They’re soft and fit like a glove. Running in these don’t hurt my feet.
Cons: None, really. Average price is $15/pair and trust me, it’s worth it.
I love, love, love music! Singing it, playing it, listening to it. My taste in music is eclectic; I enjoy most music genres.
I’m even known to sing out loud while running a half marathon 🙂
5. My iPhone 5S
What did we do before smartphones, I wonder… 🙂 We listened to our Walkman, we sent smail mail, etc.
I enjoy tweeting while on vacation or during a run to keep my friends and family updated. I also use my running apps such as RunKeeper Nike+, Split. That’s on top of running with a Garmin; I’m anal like that.
What are some of your favorite running equipment that are must-haves?
Have a wonderful weekend!