I thought I would share with you the most important items that I run with. It's always interesting to see what other people take running with them. Whilst there are many things that I like to run with (I could show you every single top and shorts that I own from Lululemon), I decided to narrow it down to 5 items.
1. My Shoes - Asics Gel DS Trainer 17!!!
I love my Asics Gel DS Trainer 17! I have been wearing Asics for many years, however I would normally wear either a Kayano or a Nimbus. I actually only brought these shoes because I liked the colour. I never intended to run in these shoes, however I did one day and fell in love with them. They are comfortable and don't seem to be as heavy as the Kayano or Nimbus. My feet and these shoes just go together so well! Whilst my ones are available anymore, you can check out the new ones here!
2. My Socks - More Mile Chicago Twin Layer Running Socks
My fellow blogger Running Through My Mind got me on to these socks when she heard that I was having issues with blisters at the end of 2012. See, I think that some people underestimate the importance of socks. They do a lot of work as they need to try and keep your feet cool and pull away all of the moisture. These socks are fantastic as they have a thin layer on the inside which stops my feet from sweating like crazy and causing blisters. I had to buy these socks online (the company is based in the UK), however they weren't too expensive and arrived pretty quickly.
3. My Heart Rate Monitor - Polar FT 60
I have no idea how I ever exercised before getting my heart rate monitor. Seriously, this is one of the best inventions ever. If you were thinking about getting a heart rate monitor, I strongly recommend that you get one. It helps you see how hard you have been working as you can see your heart rate. It also makes me work even harder as I'm always trying to burn a certain amount of calories per session. This one stores 100 data entries, so it is great to go back and see how I was training in the past. It also does a weekly review, telling me how many hours I worked out, how many calories and the levels that I worked at.
4. My iPod Nano
I love listening to music when I run. The beat of the music makes me run. Music can take my mind off my run when I am struggling. It also distracts me when my thoughts are full of stress. See, I'm not an Apple fan. I don't have an iPod, MacBook thingo or an iPad. B and I are an anti-Apple family. But, I do like my Nano and nobody else seems to make anything better (or anything similar at all). Since it is small and light with a clip, I can clip it on to my sports top and not have to worry about it pulling my top down (and me then flashing everyone). The screen rotates, so it is easy to use whilst running.
5. My Phone - Samsung Galaxy S2
My phone is so important when I run. It tracks my run on either Run Keeper or Map My Run. It takes photos for me along my run. It also makes me feel safe as I know I can call B or 000 if I need to. It also provides me with entertainment, such as Facebook, then I need to whilst running. And I love my Samsung S2. I have dropped this phone a zillion times and the screen hasn't cracked. The cover is looking a little worse for wear but it all still works. And I don't have Apple Maps, so I always know that my GPS is in the correct location.
So what items are a must have for you when you run?
Any of my readers out there also a fan of the Samsung Galaxy S1, S2 or S3?