Sunday, January 29, 2012

My Running Must-Haves

My dog, Scout, started going crazy this morning when I was changing clothes for my morning run.  That crazy guy knows the minute I pick up my tennis shoes.  Other than Scout, there are a few other things I don't leave the house without.

1. A good pair of shoes!  
I usually wear a size 7 1/2, but my running shoes are a size 8.  If you aren't sure what size you should buy, go to a local running store and have them fit you.  They really want to help, and they won't force you into anything, but you will be so glad if you have a pair of shoes that fit, are comfortable, and allow you to put your best foot forward.  It is definitely worth it.

2. Gloves! 
I got these for Christmas this year for my winter runs and really like them.  My mother-in-law got them for me and I was glad she got a pair that had sizes.  They fit snug, but not tight, and my fingers are very grateful for an extra layer.  

3. MY favorite gadget!
As a teacher, I love data just as much as the next person.  I enjoy seeing the progress, the trends, and the actual numbers.  This watch does all of that and more, but for RUNNING!  

My husband bought it for me early last spring, and it was one of his best gifting ideas.  This watch is by Garmin, and it tracks your speed and distance as you run.  It then has a wireless component to sync with your computer so that you can compare runs, keep an ongoing calendar, set goals, etc.  Below are the charts, maps, and calendars that the website component offers.  

This screen lets you see the map, elevation, timing, splits, and if you wanted the heart rate monitor it would show this here, as well.  Can you tell that I ran with the wind on the way out, and then against the 20 mph winds on the way home? Haha!  

Here is the calendar portion.  It logs your runs, adds up your weekly totals to the side, and gives a GREAT visual.  This was during my marathon training, so you can tell I had a strict regiment of running.  I can then click on each run to get the details, see the route, my paces, etc.  
Can you tell why I love my watch so much!?!  

4. My Road ID.  
With my watch in the above picture is my Road ID.  It is a bracelet that I wear with my name and emergency information.  The company originally started out for cyclers in case they get into accidents on their bikes.  The information on the bracelet gives them contact information as well as any previous health conditions or allergies.  You get to choose what you want on the bracelet.  On my long runs during my marathon training, I always felt better wearing it in case something happened.  Since then, I wear it on all of my runs.  The company is great, and they have a dog named Scout, too!  I think we were meant to be connected somehow.  Check out their different styles and products here!

Do you guys have any gadgets or must-haves for your workouts or running?  I'd love to hear what you all swear by!


Jen R. @ The Teachers' Cauldron said...

2 weeks until I get the ok to start running again!! And I will be looking for a new pair of shoes - and I'm loving that watch!

♥ Jen
The Teachers' Cauldron

Tammy said...

I love my Nike Pegasus. It's all I've ever run in. I love a good pair of running shoes. That's a fancy watch you've got there. It's so smart.

Forever in First

Lisa at Stories From Second said...

Road ID is a great company, they are a local company and they really support our GOTR programs locally! Love them!
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