About 10 of the moms in my Awesome Twin Mom Group are starting Couch to 5K (C25K) programs. It is amazing to see them progressing each week. We have a closed FB group where they check in and post selfies taken “on the run” – I check in nightly to see their glistening faces. This is just the sort of thing that gets me going in the best way possible.
Recently, one of them asked me about gear so I have decided to share a few of my favorite running accessories! Of course, one of the many appealing aspects of running is that you don’t need much. In the early days, I only really invested in a decent pair of socks and shoes, but as I’ve gotten more sophisticated (read: old), I appreciate a few other items more and more.
1. Sports Bra: For me, only needed a good one recently, since I started lactating. Before twins, I was pretty small on top. Now, I have huge and uncomfortable melons that chafe when I run… and a newfound appreciation for my old bod. Hooray! The Moving Comfort Juno is the only sports bra that helped me feel secure while running with my new accessories. I highly recommend it.
2. Place to stash my phone: Until recently, I ran phone-less, but since I’m a mom, I feel the need to be reachable in case of emergency so I use a Spi Belt. If you don’t overload it (i.e., just use it for a phone, gel, credit card and a $20), it doesn’t flop around uncomfortably. To try a few different styles, go to your local running store. Be sure to load them up and go for a jog to get a real feel for the product.
3. Headphones: On long runs, I’ve started listening to audio books and podcasts. Earbuds don’t stay in my ears so I use these exclusively for running. They stay put and they’re fairly inexpensive so when the sweat starts to get to them, I just buy a new pair (usually one every year or two).
4. Socks. The most important thing to remember when it comes to socks is to avoid cotton, which will most certainly result in blisters & discomfort. After that, socks are largely based on personal preference so you might have to try a few to see what you like. My preference is for the Hidden Comfort socks from Balega for when I want some extra cushion. They are SO comfortable that sometimes I just wear them around the house. For a more minimalist feel, the Second Skin is the way to go.
5. Shorts. Running in Brooks Women’s D’lite Racers feels like you have nothing on, which is basically my definition of a good running short. If you chafe on your inner thighs, consider wearing tights to protect your skin.
6. For long runs, something to hold my water is key. There are bottles designed to fit in your hand, but I like to be hands-free so I opted for a belt. Nathan’s Trail Mix is my favorite because it has a clip closure rather then velcro, which can degrade over time, not to mention snag your clothes. If you’re marathon training, you probably could benefit from 4 bottles. I usually run in an area with water fountains so I opt for just 2.
Good luck with your running, whether you’re marathon training or attempting to go from C25K!