Friday Five: Five Things I Always Run With

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.

photo credit: RoadID

photo credit: RoadID

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!

SPARKLEWhat is the one thing you always run with, no matter what?


Friday Five: Five Things I Always Run With — 28 Comments

    • I’m the same way with my RoadID. I hope I never need it, but it’s really reassuring to know that if something happens to me that my family can be notified quickly and my medical records can be found easily. How can you only own one SparkleSkirt?? 🙂

  1. Definitely a garmin and road ID for me too! I also bring my phone with me, just in case I need it.
    I tried the Altras a few months ago but just couldn’t adjust to them. I wear the pure flows, so also a pretty light shoe, but it just felt weird to run in the altras for some reason. I definitely liked the wide toe box though!
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    • I really love the security of my RoadID. On the rare occasion I forget to wear it on a run I always feel a little weird! I have heard great things about the pure flows. The altras took a while to adjust to for me. I just got a pair of their trail shoes and I’m not sure they’re going to work for me.

    • It’s such an amazing technology! Especially to those of us who used to run with walkmans and digital watches! 😉

  2. I have the Garmin 10 as well, and I love Running Skirts. I feel the same way you do about your Sparkle Skirts. Good quality, small business, great pockets to store stuff, and there are so many designs to buy (eek!)
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    • I think Running Skirts are adorable, they just don’t fit me quite right! I still have a couple that I really ought to sell to someone who will give them the use they deserve!

    • You know, I’ve never tried the thorlo socks. I think I may need to keep an eye out to try them out, I’ve heard good things about them!

    • I’ve been known to shift a run to another day if I am at work without my Garmin! I really like having all that info at my hand. It did take me a couple of months to adjust to the Altra Torins because of the zero drop (it really took some getting used to with the extra strain on my calves).

    • There are so many to choose from, it’s going to be hard to pick when I do eventually upgrade. Even just within the Garmin family!

    • I still can’t believe what a difference the Garmin made to my running experience!

    • So exciting! I hope to see you there. I’ll be working the bondiband booth at the expo, so definitely say hi!

  3. The one thing I always run with is pants that fit comfortably around the waist. Nothing is worse than something tight around the middle. I have yet to try a skirt… maybe someday, as long as its not too tight !

    • I definitely can’t stand that being squeezed feeling! Especially while running!

  4. I run with many things. Definitely my Garmin Forerunner 220 (I upgraded from the 15 because of the battery charge and I am so happy. It also comes in purple), my Mizuno Wave Inspires, my Feetures! socks, a Road ID and my phone.

    I really need to go forward with a Sparkle Skirt. They’re really cute but I just haven’t been able to take the plunge.
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    • I do like my feetures socks, but I think I only have one complete pair left (lots of singletons!).

    • I know! Working in the shoe store for years gave me a horror for people who insisted they were a size “7AA” when they really needed an 8.5W! They’d buy the too small shoes and make me stretch them out before they’d take them home. I just don’t get it either!

  5. I LOVE my SparkleSkirts too. 🙂 The pockets are so handy. You don’t see many of them up here in Nebraska so I always get lots of questions about them at races and am happy to spread the word. 🙂 I never run without my phone for safety, photo and podcast reasons.
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    • It’s funny how often I see them in Florida now. When I first bought one a few years ago, no one was wearing running skirts. It’s awesome to see so many of them around now!