I love running. Although I don’t consider myself an expert or an amazing runner, I’ve come a long way in my running journey and I continue to learn every time I hit the pavement. Every runner is different. From the type of shoe you prefer to the type of music you listen to on your run, there are plenty of factors that determine how successful your runs will be. Today I’m sharing with you what works for me.
Favorite Apparel: Nike Pro and Nike Dri-Fit
No sagging, no sticking and no fuss. Nike Pro and Nike Dri-Fit are the some of the few running pieces that I don’t have to struggle with while running. The more comfortable your running clothes, the fewer excuses you’ll have for cutting your run short. I buy almost all of my workout clothes on sale at Kohl’s, Nike Factory, and Nike Outlet Store. My second favorite is Champion.
Favorite Shoes: Anything Nike Lunarlon
Nike’s Lunarlon technology is incredible. These shoes are so lightweight that every time I pick my box off the shelf, I feel like the box is empty. I’m currently running in pink Nike Lunarglide 4s that are nearing their retirement date – they have ~170 miles on them. Here they are below covered in mud ha ha! I spent a whopping $40 on them at the Nike Factory outlet. While I believe in investing in a good pair of running shoes, I’ve been pretty satisfied with shoes I’ve gotten great deals on. Previous favs: Brooks PureConnect 2 (Amazing amount of toe room) and Nike Free (lightweight, barefoot running experience but not ideal (for me) for long distance).
I used to experience a lot of foot and ankle pain after running and I was convinced it had to do with the shoes I was wearing. After trying several different shoes, I learned that I was tying my laces way too tight. It made my running miserable! Now I make sure I give my feet enough “breathing” room and it has worked wonders.
Must-haves: Sunscreen, Headgear & Headphones
Sunscreen probably doesn’t need much explanation… I don’t want to age quickly and I don’t want skin cancer. I try to run before the sun comes up but I wear sunscreen just in case I’m out longer than expected. In terms of headwear, I usually wear a snapback or a sweat band to increase my comfort during runs.
Onto headphones: I recently discovered YurBuds (thanks, mom!) and they are the best headphones I have ever used. They are super comfortable and they don’t fall out! I don’t know about you but my ears start to hurt after wearing certain headphones for a while but I don’t have this problem at all with YurBuds. The company will even mold your earbuds to your ear if one of the standard pairs is uncomfortable or falls out while running! And they’re not that pricey either! My mom bought me mine at Best Buy for ~$20. I’m eyeing their wireless ones now, but so far I’m extremely satisfied with this brand. Check out the Yurbuds Inspire Aqua on Amazon!
Running Buddy: Miss Cocoa
My most faithful running buddy is my pup Cocoa. I usually only run with her early so she doesn’t get too hot or dehydrated. I try not to make her run more than 3 miles right now, at least until I build up her endurance. Anything longer than that and I’ll drop her off at home before continuing on my own.
Favorite Running Apps: Nike Running, Fitbit & RockMyRun
I’m a little obsessed with tech, so naturally I use three apps while running.
Fitbit: I like using this app since I rely heavily on my Fitbit One to keep me moving enough throughout the day.
Nike+ Running: This app is HUGE in motivating me along my run. My favorite feature is that I can share my run to Facebook and my friends’ likes and comments will send me a live “cheer” during my run. It may seem like a small gesture, but it is an amazing motivator while I’m out on the road. I’m trying to make you guys proud ;).
RockMyRun: I discovered this app fairly recently and it has saved me so much time. Creating the perfect playlist is time consuming and songs that you think are motivating when you’re creating the list may not be as motivating when you’re ready to give up. RockMyRun lets you choose playlists (most created by DJs) based on your genre of choice. The playlists can even adjust to your running speed. I highly recommend it!
Average run length
Depending on how much time I have, I usually run an average of 3-5 miles. My longest run ever is about 7 miles. I’m currently trying my best to carefully build up my distance in order to achieve a half marathon soon!
If I’m planning on running 3 miles or less, I’ll have a protein shake if anything at all. If I am trying to run more than three miles, I’ll have a protein shake and a little something like a banana or protein bar an hour or so before I take off.
What Keeps Me Going
The reason I run is the same reason I exercise in general – overall health and endurance. Running makes me feel the most alive, as it makes me extremely aware of my breathing and my heart rate. Not to mention the amazing running high you get after an awesome run.
What’s your running style like? What are some of your goals or questions? I look forward to hearing from you!