Whether you are new to running or not, you may be a bit overwhelmed by the gear lingo that gets thrown around in all the online forums and your running community. Of course we know that all you really need to run is a pair of good running shoes (and a good sports bra, if you’re a woman), but who doesn’t like comfort and a good look. So we compiled a list of the basic 5 things that we use.
1. GPS Watch
A GPS watch does what you'd expect: tracks the distance, mile splits, calories burned, and some collect even more data so that you get a detailed report of each run. There are many great running watches on the market and it is a good idea to do your research before you by them. How do you know which running watch if the best fit for you? Think price point, versatility (single or multi sport), convenience, and, of course design. The two of us have been using an Apple watch (best app for running is the iSmoothrun app) and a Garmin 245 respectively, and been very happy with them.
2. ZULU Headphones
Bone conduction running headphones are ideal for running events, as they still deliver a great sound quality without blocking your ears. For the past year we have been relying on the bone conducting headphones provided to us for free by Zulu. Zulu headphones work just like their competitor Aftershokz, but only cost a fraction of the price. Use code WGTR at checkout for 15% off!
3. Running Belt or Carrying Device
A running belt lets you bring your phone, keys, and even water on the run while keeping your hands empty. There are many different kinds of running belts out there. We have had a love-hate relationship with most of the belt. We don’t like bulky but a running belt has to be wide to not bounce, but also not slip, which is hard to come by. For now, I am relying on my hand-strap that goes on my phone for my runs, until I find that perfect belt. https://www.amazon.com/TFY-Security-strap-Holder-iPhone/dp/B00R458WE0
It is important for runners to wear sunglasses during the hot summer months, but also during all weather conditions, including winter, when there is snow on the ground. Polarized running sunglasses are effective at reducing glare from pavement, sand, snow, and water. Our favorite sunglasses are Knockables.
No more squinting into the sun during your runs. A visor serves as an extra layer of protection against UV rays that'll also improve your visibility, even with sunglasses on. Our favorite is the Nike Featherlight Visor.
Did I Miss Anything?
These are the basics that we need down here in Florida, which ones are your go-to items? Do you use hydration bottles, vests, mace, lights, or anything else? Please comment below so we can update this article! and we will highly likely either come back and update this article.