Someone tried to tell me that running is a simple sport and all you really need is a good pair of running shoes. Hogwash is what I said to them. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever used the term hogwash in real life. Anyway… It takes a lot to get me out there. I need music, sunglasses that don’t slip, socks that cushion my feet and way to hold my phone, I need to have had my favorite pre-run snack…the list just goes on.
Mad love for my Asics Gel-Nimbus 18
Flipbelt ~ I’m a huge fan of pockets for my phone, but most workout gear doesn’t have big enough pockets. Enter Flipbelt.This thing is awesome. It’s like a fanny pack without being a fanny pack. You wear it around your waist and it has these pockets to hold your phone, cards, your keys. There’s a clip that I use to clip my gloves to, when I start running with them but then it’s too hot to wear them. The Flipbelt comes in a ton of great colors. I accidentally ordered purple, but I wanted the aqua. Oh well.
Yurbuds ~ I went through a series of buying inexpensive earbuds to run with and none of them worked. There are a ton of ear buds and head phones geared towards runners. I wanted to find something that stays in my ears despite sweating, has a decent sound quality and doesn’t cost too much. If you buy them too cheap, the sound quality is terrible. There are some out there that hook over the ears. Those seemed to get in the way of my sunglasses and sounded bad. So after purchasing multiple inexpensive pairs and having them just not work, I narrowed my search down to two the Yurbuds Inspire 400 and the Bose SoundSport, based on Amazon Reviews alone. I went with the Yurbuds because they cost 50% less with great reviews and I’m glad I did. They do not budge in my ears, at all. They fit so snuggly that I forget they are there. The controls are completely compatible with my iPhone and they come with a cute pouch that matches the ear buds. One of my favorite parts is that the ear pieces are magnetic, so when I take them out of my ears they hang around my neck and don’t get tangled when in their pouch.
Thorlo Socks ~ These socks are the most comfortable and breathable socks I’ve ever put on my feet. My athletic signifcant other bought a pair for me years ago for hiking in and I’ve been hooked on them ever since. They wash incredibly well and my original pair is still as comfortable as ever. They are cushioned in all the right places, being the ball of my foot and the heel. The compression in the middle aids in the comfort. I have never gotten a blister while wearing these bad boys, even when wearing brand new shoes.
Ryders Eyewear ~ So I spent a ton of time on the computer looking for sport sunglasses that don’t make me look like the Terminator and are affordble. I finally came across Ryders Eyewear. The brand appears to be geared towards cyclists, but the glasses are perfect for running. The women’s section has the most feminine looking sport sunglasses I could find. The site offers multiple types of lenses and many of the frames come in a variety of colors. I ordered the Coco off of Amazon because I’m impatient, but in the future I’ll consider the Khyber, the Carlita or the Kira with photochromic lenses. These sunglasses don’t slip down my nose nor do they give me a headache from wrapping too tight around my head. They have yet to fog up, but I tend to not have that problem here in the dry desert.
So that’s my list of favorite running accessories! I still am searching for the perfect way to carry water and the perfect sports bra. Do you have favorites? Let me know in the comments!