As a follow up to yesterday’s post I’m back with more information about running gear and accessories. Today I’ll be focusing more on the accessories that may be recommended but not necessary. It’s up to you to decide what you feel like you need to have and what you can do without.
The one item I would recommend for sure is a Road ID or similar product. I wear my Road ID every single time I am out running. It ensures that if anything happens someone will know who to call. You can also include your birth year and any known allergies, as well as a quote (if you wish).
You should probably also invest in some body glide, although Vaseline can work as well. As you start running longer distances there may be some chafing.
As you start to train for a particular distance or have a goal time in mind, you may want to use a watch to help measure how long you are out running for. You don’t necessarily need an expensive GPS watch, but just a basic watch like this one or you could also use a timer on your phone. You can use MapMyRun before or after you run to find out how far your run is.
If you do bring your phone, you will probably want to figure out a way to carry it. For many years I wore an arm band. I never really liked it but it was my best option a the time. Here is an example.
Over the past year or two I switched to using belts instead. My favorite is the FlipBelt. These are nice because you barely feel them around you waist and they fit other things besides your phone.
As you start running longer training runs, you may need to have water available. Maybe you are training in an area where you have access to water and then you may not need to worry about this. I like to bring water if I am running more than 9-10 miles. During races, there is usually water on the course, so you only need to bring it if you want to have it all the time. I have brought my own water when I am running a long race on a hot day. One option to carry water is a Camelback handheld.
Some runners also like to wear sunglasses if they are running during daylight hours. I bought a pair at an expo and they are just ok, but they are good enough for now. There is a giveaway going on right now over at Hungry Runner Girl for Oakley sunglasses. I don’t know if I would buy them on my own, but if its important for you to have good sunglasses then it’s something to consider.
And finally, for those of you that can’t run without music, you will want headphones that don’t fall out of your ears. I spoke about the reasons why you shouldn’t use headphones while you run here, but there was a time (not too long ago) when I used them. I found Phillips headphones were the best price and didn’t fall out when I was running. They don’t last forever, but I usually got them to last about 6 months.
So that’s it for today, but on Friday I am going to do one final post with some other accessories related to injury prevention and fueling.
How do you carry your phone if you run with it?
Do you wear sunglasses while you run? Where are they from?