Running Gear – Staples

October 28, 2016

When I was in high school, I felt chest pain every morning I woke up and knew I had a race that day. I loved running but hated racing. Thankfully, a trainer from my gym introduced me to one of his professors who offered sports psychology consults. After a few consults, we came up with a game plan to help my race anxiety. One of the things she encouraged me to do was to set out my running clothes the night before a race. This is a habit I have continued for the last 8 years.

I am going to run a 10k tomorrow and as I was laying my clothes out, I realized how much my wardrobe has changed over the years. Finding the perfect race gear is a lot of trial and error. What works for one person, my not work for another. These are my current staple pieces:

RunningWardrobe

 // Hat // Socks // Bra // Long Sleeve // Pants // Blister Guard // Shorts // T-shirt // 

Links provided for the convince of my Secret Santa! Ho ho ho! 🙂

Hat
Brand: Nike
Why I like it:
Ok… I lied. This is the only thing that hasn’t changed over the years. This nike hat I have is over 10 years old and it still fits great, washes easily, and protects my dark hair from the hot summer sun.

Socks
Brand: Asics
Why I like it:
These socks have a tab on the back that protects your skin from the back of your shoe. That is a place I normally get blisters so this is a simple way to prevent them.

Bra
Brand: Moving Comfort
Why I like it:
The straps are adjustable. Before the race, I strap “the girls” down by simply tightening the straps. After I am done running, I will loosen them. As a breastfeeding mom, this also comes in handy.

Long Sleeve
Brand: Nike
Why I like it: 
This top is a favorite because….1. it doesn’t ride up 2. the half-zip makes it breastfeeding friendly 3. there are thumb holes which are great in the fall when you forget to wear gloves

Pants
Brand: Nike
Why I like it:
The pants are high-rise which helps support my middle-region. They have enough stretch so they are easy to get on and still allow you to breathe. They are not too loose so they don’t fall or sag during the run.

Blister Guard
Brand: Baid-Aid
Why I like it:
They have a great seal! I never have to worry about them falling off during a race. I actually wrap each toe with a bandaid before half and full marathons so my toe nails don’t fall off mid race.

Shorts
Brand: Lululemon
Why I like it:
These shorts are high-rise and once again, I love that middle-region support.They are also long enough so that my athletic thighs don’t rub when I run. As with most running shorts, there is a little pocket that allows me to hold my car key while I run.

T-shirt
Brand: Lululemon
Why I like it: 
This is a thin top which is perfect for the summer months and also for layering. It does a great job of staying in place and does not ride up when I move.
(TMI: It is nice and long so if I pee my pants while running, I can pull my top down to cover it up!)

What gear would make your list?

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