Another Friday has rolled around and I’m happy to be linking up with the DC-trio, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What, Mar at Mar on the Run and Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC. Today is a “Free Friday” which means any topic is fine as long as it uses the “five” format. It’s been a while since I did a favorite running thing post, so it seemed like a good topic for this week.
My five things that you’ll always find on me when I’m out running with are:
1. My Garmin Forerunner 10. I invested in this watch a couple of years ago (and had to replace it about this time last year when the strap broke off on the way to the Glass Slipper Challenge). It has some downsides, notably the fairly short battery charge and the fact that it only shows two stats on the display at any given time. It also doesn’t do heart rate monitoring. On the other hand, it’s reliable with very accurate distance and speed stats. It gets a signal pretty quickly. It comes in purple! And it is really affordable and easy to use with flexible run/walk interval setting options. When it goes kaput, I’ll probably upgrade to a fancier model but I’m really happy with Garmin in general so I suspect I’ll stick with that brand.
2. My SparkleSkirt. Well, one of my many SparkleSkirts. If you follow along often, you know that these were life changing pieces of apparel for me. Cute, flattering skirts with shorts that stay put, even on those of us without any hope of ever attaining “thigh gap” (is that the right phrase?) and super practical pockets. And they’re made by a small, woman-owned business in Florida. The price tag was a bit scary at first, but the quality is undeniable. I’ve got a whole section about them if you want to learn more!
3. My Altras. My first non-babysitting job in high school (and college) was working at the Naturalizer shoe store, which (at that time at least) catered to the more mature woman. In addition to learning about how to drop the stock, I learned in graphic detail what shoes that are too tight can do to a person’s foot over time. And it was not pretty. So, I’ve always worn shoes that are pretty practical, even my high heels have wedges and wider toe boxes. Because I didn’t mold my feet with pointy toed shoes, regular running shoes always felt uncomfortable too. Enter the Altra Torins which are uniquely designed with a foot-shaped toe box (and zero drop heel). They are the only running shoe I’ve ever worn that I didn’t want to rip off my feet the minute I walked in the door after a long run. Their only downside is that the tread is really smooth, so they can be slippery on wet pavement (Wine & Dine 2014!) or trail conditions (especially with leaves). I’m hoping to try out a pair of their trail shoes that have the same toe box design but a little more tread soon.
4. My Road ID. While I hope I never need it, it is really reassuring to know that the medical professionals will be able to identify me and contact my family if I get hurt or ill during a run. I’m wearing the RoadID Slim now, but I just ordered one of the ones that velcros on and off. It’s nice not to worry about stashing my drivers license somewhere when I head out. After I ordered my new one, they gave me this link that gives anyone else using it a $1 off coupon through March 2.
5. A BondiBand heavy wicking headband. I’ve got a lot of hair and I need my running headband to do two things. It has to keep my hair out of my face and to soak up the sweat that’s a given when you’re a Florida runner. BondiBand does both with ease while fitting comfortably (no slipping and not too tight). And I love that they have such a huge selection of colors and designs/sayings to choose from. They are a great company to work with! I’ve only agreed to be an ambassador for a couple of companies and this was my first one and one I hope to be associated with for a long time. They’re running a contest for ambassadors right now, so if you feel like doing me a sweet favor, head over to the BondiBand Facebook page, like it and send them a PM that I sent you!