Here’s a list of my favorite running stuff and the stores (both online and brick & mortar) where you can buy it!
My favorite, favorite, favorite running shorts are the Brooks Versatile 5″ short. They are roomy enough to run or teach Boot-Camp and the inner lining stays put and doesn’t ride up my tush. They also come is bright, fun colors. They run about $32 a pair and you can buy them online at www.BrooksRunning.com.
I also love my Asics Core Pocketed 5″ short. These sit just below the belly button and are nice and roomy. Again, great for running or teaching Boot-Camp. These run about $30 a pair at www.RoadrunnerSports.com.
Since I never exercise in long pants. I mean NEVER – I have no idea what is a good pair but I do see my Boot-Campers in Nike a lot. So that’s as good a recommendation as any.
Short Sleeve/Long Sleeve Technical Shirts
You can spend a lot of money on technical shirts but I’ve found some places that offer good quality pieces at reasonable prices. I like Sports Authority, www.RoadRunnerSports.com and www.Brooks Running.com. Brooks has a Run Happy line of shirts that are lightweight enough to comfortably layer.
The best shoe is the one that fits YOUR foot. I usually get fitted at a local running store (in my neck of the woods Arch Rival is my go-to) and buy my first pair at the store. For the next 2 or 3 pairs I hit www.RoadRunnerSports.com where they sell the shoes at a slight discount and if you are a VIP, you get special perks such as free shipping or additional discounts. When the new model of my favorite shoe comes out I head back to the store for another fitting and a new shoe and the cycle starts over.
I like visors and have some from Nike and Run U Mother. Since I have shortish hair that I jam into a ponytail so I need good headbands to keep the stray hairs in check. I love my thick, colorful headbands from Lululemon or for sparkle and sass, the ones from Sweaty Bands. In the winter I wear a great knit hat from Under Armour and if I can’t find that I’ll toss on a little beanie I picked up at Old Navy last year and to keep my hands warmish I buy Target polyester gloves (2 pair for $2.50).
I run in the dark hours of early morning so I carry a headlamp so I don’t step in a pot hole and can be seen by cars and cyclists. The best deal Ive found is at Costco – a 3-pack of lights for $9.99.
So there’s my list of running gear and accessories! Let me know where you shop and what deals you find and I’ll be happy to post them.
Now go run!