I have a couple of running items that I have grown to love. Some mornings when I’m up early getting ready to go out for a run it’s nice to slip into some comfortable running clothes before I head out the door. Here are a few of my favorite running things.
During the more temperature neutral months I stick with the regular long sleeve or short sleeve Under Armour tops and I try to get them when they are on sale. Since the temperature has dropped I’ve found two more Under Armour tops that I absolutely love.
The UA Women’s Cozy Crew is just as the name suggests – super cozy! I’ve worn this on several chilly runs and even wore it for my half marathon in mid-November. The inside of this top is fleece-like, but its moisture-wicking keeps me dry. I tend to wear this top when the temperature is below freezing which is most of the winter season.
The Under Armour Women’s Armour Fleece Storm Full-Zip Hoodie is amazing! I discovered this hoodie in the fall when the weather started to turn cooler and it began being dark for most of my morning run. I bought it in a neon yellow so I could easily be seen and quickly fell in love with it. It is super warm and moisture-wicking. I also really like that it is semi-fitted so it stays close to my body without being tight. I received it in the above color for Christmas from my parents. This hoodie paired with the Cozy Crew keeps me nice and warm when the weather dips below freezing.
I’m a huge fan of Nike bottoms! I also love the size key pouch that Nike bottoms have since it is just large enough to fit an energy gel or even a chap stick.
I love Nike Women’s Tempo Shorts for my summer runs and my winter indoor runs. Cute color combinations, built-in underwear, and a decent price – especially if you can get them on sale.
I discovered Nike Women’s Legend Slim Capris last spring while training for my first half marathon. I call these my “magic pants.” They keep my legs warm in the chilly spring and fall temperatures, but then my legs stay cool once I get warmed up. I wore these for both of my half marathon’s – one in May and one in November.
I have a couple accessories that I really like. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the Nike ear warmer that I have anywhere online to share, so that one is left off the list.
I’m not a big fan of having things on my face when I run so I opt for a visor like this Nike Tech Women’s Visor. I love how light weight it is without being flimsy. I had another visor that blew off during my first half marathon so I replaced it with this one and actually like this one better. I also like to wear it when it’s a bit rainy out to keep the rain out of my eyes.
The other thing I love about my visor is that I can clip this Cyclops LED Hat Clip Light on when I go out for an early morning run. None of the neighborhoods around us have street lights and while a lot of people leave their porch light on, I really needed to be sure I could see the sidewalk at all times. I was a bit weary of paying $30+ for a headlamp since they all seemed to have mixed reviews, so instead I decided to try out this light for a whopping $6! The battery has held up for months now and it’s bright enough to get me through my morning run. I’m definitely glad I opted for this over an expensive headlamp.
These Nike Women’s Lightweight Tech Running Gloves aren’t the warmest, but they get the job done. Sometimes my hands are freezing when I first start off my run, but I always had a problem with my hands getting too warm while running and that’s where these win out over super warm gloves. I would suggest doubling up with a warmer pair of gloves on top on very cold days until your body warms up. A great bonus is the key pouch on the inner left palm. Also, the thumb has a pad on it so touch screen devices can be used.
I wasn’t sure if my Nathan Trail Mix Fuel Belt should go under accessories or fuel! I prefer this clip belt over my previous velcro version that I had. This stays snug, but still stretches for comfort and I never have a problem with it moving. There is a key hook in the zip pouch and the pouch is large enough to fit a phone. I prefer to wear my water on my back, so the velcro flap makes it easy for me to access my energy gel while running. Some reviewers call out a problem with the water bottle nozzles leaking, but I found this only happens if I overfill them.
These are the things I love to keep my energized on my long runs!
I LOVE Gu Energy Gel. Sometimes I use the flavors with no caffeine, but recently I’ve come to love the gels with a bit of caffeine especially in the summer when I’m out fairly early on Saturday morning for my long run.
My favorite thing to drink during and post-run is Powerade White Cherry. I generally mix it with water when I take it on a run and I often just mix my protein powder for my post-run drink. Sometimes I do change it up with other flavors, but white cherry tends to be my favorite.
So there you have it! A few of my favorite running things.