Stuff I Luv

I’m often asked about certain running gear, products, and stuff in general.  Here’s a partial list of the things I have, use, read and love.

Garmin 405 Watch

watchIt tracks my stuff, is pretty easy to use and the face isn’t so sensitive that I can mistakenly reset it on a run. Granted it’s older and there are some peccadilloes to deal with, but the truth is, I’m older too so we’re a perfect match.  The key was replacing the plastic band with the Velcro one.  Now this bad boy has tons of functions but I just want to see how far I ran, how fast I ran and the total minutes I ran.   I’m actually on my second one, the first bonked after about 6 years so I was sent a refurbished model for free.  Garmin stands by their products and I appreciate that.

Thin, No Show Socks

I know compression socks are “yuuuge” right now, but give me a very thin and very low pair of socks.   I don’t need cushioning or extra padding.  Just the socks, ma’am. My favorite are the ones from Road Runner Sports.  I just bought a new 3-pack for $30.  Score.  And thank you Shelly for the gift card!

Nathan iPhone Arm Band download

Until 2015 I had a well-loved iPod Shuffle for my long runs.  I think it was my 4th shuffle.  I had the same playlist “Keli’s Running” for oh, about 4 years.  It had 80 or so songs on it.  In mid 2015 the shuffle died and I upgraded to carrying my iPhone.  I tried various arm bands and finally found my soul, or arm-mate.  This little jobber is small, holds nothing but an iPhone 5s (because as you may have realized I’m a tad behind in tech) and I can listen to my podcasts or the Hamilton soundtrack to my little ear’s content.

Brooks Shorts – Versatile 5″

Sadly, Brooks doens’t sell these shorts any longer.  And it’s a shame because these are the perfect running shorts. I don’t like shorty mcshort shorts so these cover the bits, the cheeks and I don’t have to worry about my nether regions being on full display when I stretch.  So when these are no longer wearable I’m screwed.  But they made the list because I love them so much.  Um, Brooks Running.  Help a girl out!

Champion Sports Bras

Some low-priced athletic gear works well.  Champion Sports Bras (sold at Target) are a gem.  Being, um, less-endowed than many other females on the planet I don’t have a need for underwire or super industrial materials.  In fact, I can live with a uniboob.  I mean, I’m not looking for a date, I’m running and those girls just need to lay low.  And bonus!  The ones I have are reversible.  So it’s like 2 for the price of 1.

Runner’s World Magazine

The Runner’s Bible.  The Holy Grail.  If you can’t find what you need about running, nutrition, etc. in this magazine, on their website (www.runnersworld.com) or via their podcast then it’s not necessary.   What I especially appreciate is that they have embraced that runners come in all speeds, shapes, sizes and abilities.  Whether we run a 7 minute pace or 12 minute pace we’re still covering the same ground.

The Ragnar Race Seriesragnar-logo

A 200-mile, 12-person, 24 to 36 hour relay run?  Ragnar is like a frat party on wheels. Without the drinking and nudity.  Or maybe with all of that, but in a different context.  Only sweatier and smellier.  Did I mention that you sleep in the vans too?  Whatever.  Find one.  Run one.  If you need a teammate, call me.  I’m your gal.  www.runragnar.com

Running Buddies

A running partner will motivate you and push you to be a better runner.  Do they have to be the same pace?  Not necessary, but it is nice to be close enough so you’re not dragging behind them too far or having to sprint to keep up with them.  How can you find a running partner?  Ask your friends, look at your social media feed to see who’s posting about running, or the races they are doing.  Look online and join a local running club or drop into a running store and see what they have going on.

Bani Band Headbands

I have a small head and slippery hair (attractive, right?) so headbands tend to fling off my head easily.  These are backed with a soft-grip backing material and you can cinch them for any head size so they stay put.  I am partial to the ones with glitter or sequins.  They make me happy and they aren’t too pricey.  The ones I get are $13 or so plus shipping.  Even better, they have a whole network of home sewers who are stay-at-home moms, veterans, college students and grandmas who make their products.  Check them out at www.banibands.com.

A LAX Ball, Foam Roller and Yoga Mat…walked into a bar

Like onion, celery and carrots are to a chef, these three items represent *my* Holy Trinity.  The LAX (lacrosse) ball hits the tight spots in my glutes, the foam roller tingles the IT band and my Yoga Mat is just y(om)my.   If you run you need to go get all three.  Next week I’ll post a mini tutorial on how to use them.

Ok, there you have it.  My list of fav things.

So now it’s your turn.  What’s YOUR go-to, must-have running stuff?  Drop me a note, post a comment on my FB page (https://www.facebook.com/seekelirun/) or tag me on twitter @kelihonsberger.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

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Running Gear I Just Love

Here’s a list of my favorite running stuff and the stores (both online and brick & mortar) where you can buy it!

Shorts

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.

Long Pants

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.

Shoes

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.

Accessories

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!

Keli 🙂