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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Favorite Running Accessories

1. Oakley Running Sunglasses - Oakley Overtime -K got me these for my birthday along with my running watch.  I love them, because they don't look like running sunglasses.  I still feel stylish when I am running on the lakefront :) They have extra gripping to make sure they stay on my face and I'm never moving too fast so I didn't want anything that looked extra sporty.  We got these at Sunglass hut, because I wanted to be able to try them on to make sure they fit my face, but you can find them online as well.

2. Running watch - Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS-Enabled Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor (Pink) K also got me this for my birthday this year.  It is so nice being able to see my pace right on my wrist when I am running, although sometime that can be a bad thing. I have yet to use the heart rate monitor on this, because I have used a polar heart rate moniter in the past and it rubbed badly.  Garmin no longer makes this exact watch, but you can find the latest version of this watch on amazon.

3.  Nike Plus Running App - This app is awesome and so accurate.  I love that you can set it to let you know every .5 mile, 1 mile, any incriment you want to let you know what your pace is. The app logs all of your mileage so it is easy to look back and see you pace. It will show each of your mile times once you finish a run as well as your running route.  On my long runs I will use this app as well as my running watch, I know it's a bit excessive, but I just love how it logs everything and can give me a summary after my run.

4. Compression socks for my calves - I swear by these.  I won't do a long run without them! I can't even remember the first time I tried these, but they were really game changing.  They have helped with overall soreness, not just in my legs, but all the way up to my hips.  Sometimes I will even put a fresh pair on after a long run as well, just to keep the blog moving and help recover faster. I love these brooks ones! - Brooks Run Happy

5. Nuun tablets - I typically don't use these during the run, because I don't usually carry water with me since there are so many drinking fountains along the lakefront path.  But as soon as I get home I pop one in a water bottle.  They taste pretty good and really help with recovery.  Plus, it just makes me chug a bunch of water when I get home which is never a bad thing.  Nuun makes a few flavors with caffine that they call "energy" which I love to use for a little pick me up after my morning runs.

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