You have the shoes. You have the clothes. Maybe you even have the vaseline. But do you have everything you need to become a runner? Here are 5 pieces of gear I swear by, backed up by 12 years of running.
Historically, I like running with the least amount of stuff on me as possible. Sadly, I’ve had a few dehydration encounters that forced me to pick one of these bad boys up. The fact that I can bear to run with it speaks volumes on how well it works. I can hold my phone, keys, and water to make sure I get a safe run in.
This might be controversial to some. I tried a lot of other GPS apps, but nothing is as close to being accurate as a Garmin watch. It’s pricier than most, but it lasts years and the battery life lasts days. I bought mine back in 2012, and I still have it.
Road ID Bracelet – the Wrist ID Slim 2 – Identification Bracelet, ID Wristband, Child ID, and Sport ID – Fits Adults & Kids
In a worst-case scenario, Road IDs allow someone to access emergency information quickly. Because let’s face it: unconscious people can’t tell you their passcodes. Basically, you’re paying about $30 for a huge peace of mind.
They’re at basically every marathon expo. Buy one. It will change your life. I hate stretching, so now I just roll out my muscles at night. When I finish, my body feels about five years younger.
Use a journal to catalog all your triumphs and defeats. They help process your experience, and they’re also a fun read a few years down the line.