My Favorite Running Gear

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While training for my first marathon over the past 4.5 months, I’ve learned what I need (and don’t need) to run well. Some products are more essential than others, but these are the ones that I can’t live (run) without.

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Garmin Forerunner 305

My Garmin Forerunner 305 is easily my favorite piece of running equipment. In fact, it’s changed the way that I run. To read my full Garmin 305 review, click over to this post.

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Mizuno Women’s Wave Inspire 6 Sneakers

After experiencing some foot pain during my training, I realized that my sneakers weren’t providing me with the right type of support. Apparently, I need more stability and control, so now I wear the Mizuno Women’s Wave Inspire 6, which are awesome. They feel so good on my feet, and I haven’t experienced any pain since making the switch.

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Spibelt

I don’t know how I ran without a Spibelt for so long! I typically bring my iPhone with me on runs so I can listen to Pandora and snap photos along the way. Before training for a marathon, I only ran a few miles at a time, so I would just hold my iPhone in my hand. It really didn’t bother me until my milage increased. As you can imagine, holding an iPhone for 7 or 8 miles gets old fast. I knew there was no way I could keep it up, especially with much longer runs on the horizon, so I a Spibelt was the perfect solution.

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My Spibelt fits my iPhone, 4 packages of Gu, my ID, and chapstick. It would also probably fit a couple of other small items, like a key or cash. Even when it’s really full, my Spibelt doesn’t bounce around very much, so I don’t feel it. It’s actually quite comfy to wear.

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Lululemon TaTa Tamer

Best running sports bra ever!! I own five TaTa Tamers and wear one every time I run. Even though I double-up on the sports bras, I don’t usually wear body glide and rarely ever experience chaffing. Here’s my post about sports bras. It includes a full review of the TaTa Tamer.

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Vanilla Bean Gu

It took some trial and error to figure out which fuel worked best for me on my long runs, but, eventually, I decided that Vanilla Bean Gu was the way to go. It sort of tastes like vanilla pudding and it’s really easy to eat. (I can’t chew and run at the same time!) I typically consume a packet of Gu every 50 minutes or so during a long run. They definitely give me the energy that I need to keep trucking along.  

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The next three items are equally awesome for dealing with tight runner legs. I use at least one after every single run. After long runs, I normally use all three. Stretching is really important when it comes to long distance running. Otherwise, you risk getting injured!

Mini Foam Roller

Foam rollers rule for runners. The one that I own is especially great because it’s only 18 inches long. It’s easy to store in a closet or the corner of the living room (as a constant reminder to use it!).  

In the past few months, I experienced a couple of IT band issues, but my foam roller has helped so much. Now, I roll out my legs and glutes with the foam roller before and after I run, which has led to much less IT band pain.

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Tiger Tail

The Tiger Tail is a rolling muscle massager that helps relieve sore, tight, and stiff muscles. Like a foam roller, it helps you perform deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy on yourself, but it gets the muscles that are tricky to roll with the foam roller. Basically, I feel like I have more control with the Tiger Tail than I do the foam roller, so sometimes it’s a more effective tool.

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Yoga Tune Up Balls

My Tune Up Balls were especially useful when I thought that I had a case of Plantar Fasciitis, which is basically irritation and swelling of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot. For runners, it’s often caused by over-training and/or improper footwear. To help with this possible injury, I rolled and stretched my foot using these balls. They’re also really great for getting the small muscles in the front and side of my hips.

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What are your favorite running products?

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84 Comments

  1. I also love my garmin forerunner, spibelt, and gu! I also recently bought a Road ID to wear while running. It makes me feel so much safer during runs, because you never know what can happen. I also always bring a whistle with me, again for safety. Can’t wait to read about your marathon!! 🙂

  2. The garmin= a life changer, seriously love it! I also love my foam roller and “stick” (which is pretty much the same thing as your Tiger tail). I havent been running as much recently but all this run talk is making me miss it!

  3. Thanks for the review of all your running gear! I just started running last year and got up to a 10K. This year I want to do half marathon so I think it’s time to invest in some of these, maybe the garmin? Not sure. I’m a hot runner, so bodyglide is my friend, however, I might look into your sport bra suggestion. Thanks for the tips!

  4. Great post! I just signed up for the Eugene Marathon and I’m pretty sure I’m gonna need the yoga tune ups and ta ta tamer!! Thanks!

  5. Do the Mizunos run true to normal sizes? Did you buy your regular size in them? Would you recommend these for walkers as well? Or would you say they are strictly a runner’s shoe?

  6. I love my roller as well, but I have The Grid by TriggerPoint. It’s AMAZING. I tried out all of the foam rollers at Fleet Feet, and it was by far the best. I’ve since purchased other TP products that make it easier to roll out my calf, quads, etc. I roll EVERYTHING now and am amazed at how, even if a muscle didn’t feel tight, there are still some tight spots! (my quads especially).

    Good luck–the race is coming up!!! 🙂

  7. i’m not a very hard core runner – just a couple miles at a time and pretty slow – but for pretty much any workout i can’t do without some sort of sweat-wicking headband. i probably should mention that i’m a heavy sweater too! my favorites are bondi bands…so many fun colors, patterns, and sayings! plus they’re so wide that if it’s windy outside, you can cover your whole ears with them!

  8. My foam roller and those yoga tune-up balls have been lifesavers for me!

    I’ve been wanting to get a Spibelt or something similiar! I ended up carrying my camera for the entire half marathon that I ran back in Nov! It wasn’t awful, just kinda got in the way sometimes!

  9. i love asics and mizuno shoes…the waverunners are the ones i used to wear running all the time too! otherwise i’d have to say a camelback is one of the best things for running long distances…and it’s what i used to carry all my stuff in too!

  10. I’m just a walker and I have a horrid time finding sport bras. So far, nothing has worked. I’ll take a look at the Tata Tamer – I hate to spend that kind of $$$ on something that might not work when I have a whole drawer of fails 🙁

  11. I love my Bondi-Bands! I also love Body Glide to prevent chafing and Auqua-phor (especially in winter) to keep my nose and lips from being a crusty mess!

  12. My foam roller lives in the living room corner, too! Like you said, it’s a great reminder to use it more often. I love mine! I have the Garmin 205 and sadly, it hasn’t been great. It has a hard time picking up a signal anywhere around where I live…

  13. I agree completely on the Garmin! It changes training and I don’t know how I ever ran without one! I just got a Spibelt for Christmas and use it not only to run, but walking my pug so my hands are free! No more locking myself out of the house! My other essentials: BioFreeze roll-on… I basically live on this stuff and roll it right onto my sore knees daily. I love the roll-on because there is no chance of putting my fingers near my eye with that burning stuff on there still. As far as gu… I’m a fan on the chocolate! What can I say, I think it tastes like brownie batter a little bit! YUM! Otherwise, give me a good running playlist and I’m all set!

  14. I’m really simple when it comes to running; no fancy gadgets for me. Although I REALLY want a Garmin just so I can know my splits.

    I’d have to say though that I really like my long Under Armour compression shorts. They go to just above my knee and they don’t ride up at all. I love it. I should also carry around my chapstick more often.

  15. Many of those are my favorites too!
    Although I’m a “Just Plain” girl when it comes to my Gu. My shoe love is for my Brooks Adrenalines.
    For my long runs over 10 miles or so I usually bring a Fuel Belt. I have one that holds 4 bottles (I do 2 w/ water and 2/ watered down gatorade) and has a pocket for Gu and/or it fits my iPhone.

  16. love this post. i love to see what gear others use and works for them. though its so hard to not go to crazy i keep prioritizing my wish list.

  17. I love my Brooks Ghost running shoes, my Garmin 205, my iPod shuffle, my Go Belt, and the homemade running fuel I made, which is a combination of dried fruit, dates, cashews, and sometimes spices depending on how I’m feeling. I also love my Nike tempo shorts and my UnderArmour ColdGear tights when it’s super duper cold.

  18. I really, really want a Garmin but they are so expensive and as I don’t do high mileage runs I can’t really justify the cost. I do think it would be a great motivational tool though.

  19. I love Lululemon’s Cool Racerback and their Run Alpine Pullover. Expensive, but worth the splurge! Nike’s Tempo Track shorts are also a favorite.

  20. ok, so I have a spi belt too, but want to know how you wear yours….in the front, behind you? I normally wear mine like a fanny pack, in the front, but when i put more in it, it starts to bounce….

    thoughts?

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