I have received questions from fellow runners about my favorite running gear. Over the years, I have experimented with different, brands, fuel options, electronics, and other running gear. The list below includes the items in which I currently rotate depending on the run/season.
Saucony Triumph ISO : For the last three years the Saucony Triumph’s have been my Go to Shoe. They say, “if it ain’t broke … don’t try to fix it“. I had two pair of the ISO 1’s (Yellow and Blue). I logged over 800 miles between the two pair. The ISO 2’s (orange), again two pairs with just just short of 900 miles combined and the ISO 3’s (blue) my present shoe and I have two pair with about 450 between the two. I always have two pair in rotation. I never wear the same par two days in a row. They need time to dry out or they say you can get foot fungi! Don’t need that! They have a larger toe box that works well for my feet and they have a 8 mill drop which also is good for teh fact that I am a Heal-Striker.
Saucony Ride 7 : (6/30/2017) I recently picked up a pair of the Sacuony Ride 7’s to try out. So far (50ish miles), I like them, good for track workouts and shorter races like 5k’s or maybe 10k’s. They re lighter, but don’t give quite the support of the Triumph’s. They have the same wide toe box which I like. I’ll let you know it goes.
Garmin – Forerunner 235HR: For 2016 I used this watch exclusively. I wore it every day and never had any issues with it. It has the Heart Rate sensor build into the wrist, which I loved. Battery life was good, 6 to 7 hrs of GPS use on average. It synced nicely with Garmin Connect which houses all of your data online. This is a great Running Watch. It does not tract swimming or biking. But if all you do is run, this wound be my go to watch.
Garmin – Forerunner 920xt: For 2017 I planned to start competing in DU Athlons and TRI Athlons so I moved to this watch which not only tracks running, but biking and swimming as well. This is a very good watch, it has a huge battery life, 16 to 18 hours of GPS use. Two draw backs are that is does not have the Heart Rate Sensor on the wrist, you need to wear a heart rate monitor belt. Kind of a haste, I always forget to wear it. The second is that is does not sync to Garmin Connect as smoothly as the 235. It also tracks TRI and DU Athlons. It’s a real work horse.
Aftershokz Wireless Headphones: I Love these headphones. Not your typical headphones. These do NOT fit in your ear, they ride on your cheek bone. They are what they call “Bone Conducting”. I was skeptical at first, but once I tried them, I never use ear buds on a run. The are so much safer, because while you can still hear your music very well, you can still hear the road nose, car horns, even my fellow runners talking on the lone easy runs. I highly recommend them!
Fuels, Bars, Hydration:
NUUN: (Pronounced like the time, 12 noon) Being a Nuun Ambassador I am kinda bias toward this product for hydration. They offer two different products. The “Active” is a hydration supplement for everyday use. I have a tube of Active with we at all times. I order water at restaurants and drop in a tablet. My water bottle at work has Active in it all day long. Many flavors available, Citrus is my favorite. They also offer “Energy” which has Caffeine in it. I use this when I need a Boost! Not super strong, like the Red Bull type of energy drinks, but I do see an increase in energy. I use this during most races. Each tube comes with 10 tablets, that dissolve quickly, no measuring or mixing.
TailWind: Started using this product on long bike rides. I’ve found that I burn 2 to 3 times the number of calories per hour on the bike vs running so I needed a supplement stronger than Nuun. I friend recommended TailWind. I used it on a recent double Century Ride and it worked out well. I used both the caffeinated and non-caffeinated types and like the caffeinated version better. It’s not as easy to use a the Nuun. You need to measure it out and shake it up. I also had to pre-measure the product and place it in baggies to carry on the ride. I looked like a Coke Dealer with my baggies of white power! lol. It has a pretty high sodium content, you can taste the salt in it, so I’v not needed salt tables. One less thing to have to carry.
GU: My Go To for quick energy on longer run/races. Chocolate or Salted Caramel is my favorite. The regular has 20 mg of caffeine and the Roctane as 35 mg of Caffeine. The draw back is that they can be messy. I get the sticky stuff all over my hands if not careful. LOL
Honey Stinger: Tried them because I am such a fan of Honey, but while they did give me great quick energy, my system did not process them as easily as the GU. But many of my friends swear by them. Like anything, you need to test what woks for you. With the exception of the honey, they offer about the same as the GU.
Picky Bars: LOVE these bars! Developed by professional athletes, Lauren Fleshman, Jesse Thomas, and Steph Bruce. They created a natural fuel option that is balanced for performance. Combining fast-acting carbs with long-lasting fats, and some protein for recovery. Each bar has dates, giving a soft, chewy texture and a great source of carbs that are easy to convert to energy, a mix of nuts, seeds, and fruits to provide the sustainable fuel that keeps you moving, and seven grams of protein. They offer variety packs. I get the 18-pack through the “Picky Club” where they mail me the bars each month and just charge my credit card! Very simile and easy!