***See my running gear update post for the latest!!
The apparel/accessories/gadgets I use:
Garmin Forerunner 405 (GPS + Heart rate monitor)
I give full credit to my Garmin for transitioning me to an outdoor runner. I used to only run on the treadmill until I bought my Garmin. Knowing my distance and pace as I run really motivates me to keep running. It is worth every penny. I can’t imagine my life without one.
I used to suffer from chronic shin splints that just would not go away. For years, I had to stop running altogether after months of building up my mileage due to shin pain. These sleeves have helped me tremendously and I now suffer from zero shin pain (due to other factors as well). I wear these sleeves on every single run and I also wear them to bed on the days I run to help with recovery. You can read more about my thoughts on them in this post.
Asics Gel-Kayano 17 Running Shoes
I am a loyal fan of Asics running shoes. After getting my gait analyzed (fairly neutral but I have low arches), I was advised to purchase ‘stability shoes.’ I have run in GT-2160s and Gel-Kayano 14s and 17s (I’ve also run in Gel-Nimbus and Gel-Kinsei, but they are not stability shoes). Running shoes are pricey but I learned the hard way that proper running shoes are crucial for preventing injuries. I can usually find good deals online or in stores on the old model right as the newer version is released. I got my current pair at almost half the retail price.
I got these custom orthotics through my chiropractor. They provide my feet with arch support. Although they were expensive (health insurance did not cover them), they have lasted me 3+ years (it’s time for new ones!). I never walk/workout/run without these in my shoes.
I need music when I run. Fast-paced music. I can get by on the elliptical without music if I have other forms of entertainment (TV, magazine, etc.) but music is a must when I am running. When I run outdoors, I use my iPod shuffle. It’s lightweight and clips to my shirt. I keep my 100 fastest songs on this iPod.
Hair Thing Key Ring
A simple method to keep your house key secure while you’re outdoors! I get scared of losing my key when it is tied to my shoe lace. I end up looking down at my shoes every 5 seconds to make sure they’re still there. With my keys tied to my wrist, I always know they are safe. Just loop a hair thing into the hole and put the entire key through the loop again.