I feel as though every runner I know is particular about certain things whether they’re clothing, technology, shoes, or fuel to name a few. When I first started, I ran in worn-out shoes, cotton shirts, sports bras I had since high school, and whatever shorts or pants I could find. The past ten years have made me a little pickier to say the least. Here’s a quick rundown of some of my can’t-run-without items.
Oiselle Mac Roga Shorts: I have been singing the praises of these for about 6 years now. While they have gone through a few tweaks, I still find they are the best shorts out there and reasonably priced. Short inseam, wide waistband, zippered pocket, flattering cut. If you were to look in my closet, there isn’t another pair of running shorts to be found.
Oiselle Flyte Tank: I swear Oiselle doesn’t pay me anything to sing its praises. I just love their stuff, and the racerback Flyte Tank is no exception. It fits well without being overly tight, doesn’t ride up when I run, keeps me cool, and comes in a variety of colors. Plus I love the word “Fly” on the back, as in watch me fly right past you. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen too often now, but I’m working on it.
Feetures Socks: I know some people can get away with whatever they slip on their feet, but that is most certainly not me. Feetures are fantastic, and I’m so glad I found them. They keep me blister-free for many miles, and they come with a lifetime guarantee against rips and holes. I’m still running in the pairs I purchased 3 years ago and no issues.
Body Glide: Chafing sucks. Body Glide fixes that! This has saved my skin (literally) more times that I can count. Blisters, sports bra rub, thighs, arms. I refuse to run long without it.
MantraBands: I know this isn’t necessarily a running item, but who cares! I love these motivational bracelets, as evident by the stack that keeps multiplying on my right arm. They are a daily dose of motivation for me, and I never take them off. At around $25 each, they are also the perfect gift for a family member, friend, or yourself.
Honey Stinger gels: Can we collectively say most gels kinda bite? Not Honey Stinger! Honey Stinger Gold is my jam for long runs because it tastes just like I’m eating honey and not a gross lab byproduct. I find it gives me quick energy and also doesn’t upset my stomach like so many others out there.
What items are on your fave running list?