Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My favorite running accessories (and Christmas gift ideas for your favorite runner!)

Walking, then running, got me back into wanting to exercise. It's the main way I worked out for a while. I tried a few different accessories and apps to help me out and make my runs interesting, so I'm here to share them with you. Some of these would make excellent Christmas gifts for runners!

Nike+ Running - This was a lot of fun for me, getting feedback while I ran about how fast I was going, and how far I had gone. Some people observe that it overestimates how far you ran. I think it does, but not by too much, especially after you have calibrated it. You can visit the Nike+ Running page here.

New Balance Shoes, purchased from Joe's New Balance Outlet. When I started out running again, I tried Nike, but New Balance is a better fit for me. I think I like the wider toe box. I wore a pair like these  but recently ordered these when Joe's was having a sale on eBay. I'll let you know how I like them soon.

 The SPI Belt(affiliate link) This is my favorite running accessory. It looks a little bit like a fanny pack, but I feel like with the right shirt and not a ton of stuff in it, it is an invisible fanny pack. I generally put my phone in there and run with a bluetooth headset, but I lost my bluetooth and haven't replaced it yet. It does not bounce on me, even when I was carrying around a bit more weight.

The Phubby(affiliate link) This is what I use when the SPI Belt isn't enough. I generally would put a key and/or my gym card in here. I haven't tried it with my phone. The pockets can be a little confusing if you're not used to it, so make sure it actually went in the pocket and not just under the Phubby. I chose the tie-dye design, and a size medium. I feel like I have average wrists that are neither skinny nor big, so medium fits me just fine.

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