I am very
picky particular about a lot of things in my life, so it’s not very shocking that I am extra particular about my running gear. I own more pairs of running shoes than I do the rest of my other topes of shoes combined. I do way more research and put far more effort into purchasing running shoes and clothes – which likely sounds a bit odd coming from a girl. With that, I give you my running must haves:
1. Oiselle Tanks
When one of my favourite professional runners, Kara Goucher, left Nike and signed with Oiselle earlier this year, I knew that Oiselle must be pretty special. I visited their website and found a few too many running tanks that magically found their way into my shopping cart and into my running wardrobe. To say I love their tanks is an understatement. The styles I have are the Winona (shown), Running Shimmel (similar here) and the Three Friends Tank. I love everything about these tanks. They don’t bunch or slide when you run, they breathe really well and they are so, so soft! There are so many other pieces from Oiselle that are on my “must own” list 😉
2. Under Armour Compression Capris
I struggle to find appropriate bottoms for between season running. When I purchased these capris, I wasn’t sure what to think, as I ordered them online and never tried them on in a store before doing so. I wasn’t disappointed. After reading a lot of reviews, these came highly recommended, and I must say that I have to agree with all of the people out there who love these. They fit like a glove, they aren’t ridiculously warm and the wide waistband hold the pants in place. I can even get away with wearing these if I’m running outside early in the morning in the summer.
3. Asics Preleus
These are my current go-to outdoor shoe. They are the lightest (and brightest) pair of Asics I’ve ever owned. I really don’t like heavy shoes, especially for outdoor running, so these have been a perfect match for me. An added bonus is that these shoes were so comfortable from day 1 – no breaking in required.
4. Mizuno Wave Inspire 8
This pair of Mizunos are my treadmill shoes. These are only worn indoors on my treadmill. They are super light, supportive and are a shoe that matches my gait and movement habits. I strongly suggest everyone get an analysis done before getting running shoes, as everyone moves differently and has different foot needs. What works for me might not be supportive enough for someone else.
4. Garmin Forerunner
For outdoor runs I like to know my distance, average pace, calories burned and total run time. I’m very competitive with myself and goal oriented, so knowing these stats is really important. These stats are also important to me when training for races, as certain days of the week are devoted to different running patterns, and knowing my pace is necessary. I’m extremely loyal to Garmin, as their products last forever, and trust me, I use my watch all the time and it’s been worth every penny.