I have strong opinions on the running products I use for training. Here are a few of the brands I love.
I logged 500 miles in an Altra Torin. The shoe is very minimalist and helped me overcome an injury. Read my short review of the shoe.
Aquaphor does a great job at helping to prevent chafing. I apply it before long runs.
I was a long-time Asics shoe wearer until I found HOKA ONE ONE. Asics is still a great brand and I highly recommend their footwear and apparel.
Belkin makes excellent arm bands to carry your smartphone and other belongings in. Their cases keep your phone protected and dry.
This is a must-have product for runners. Bodyglide helps prevent against chafing.
Feetures are my favorite running socks. They are pretty spendy at $15/pair, but totally worth it.
Every distance runner should have a GPS watch. Garmin is my watch of choice. I currently use the Forerunner 210. Love it!
When you need to refuel, Gatorade is best. I like their non liquid products (chews) as well. Gatorade Endurance energy drink is often offered on course for marathon races.
GU is the classic running gel. Their thickness can be hard to consume, but mixed with water or energy drink, it goes down better.
I have worn HOKA running shoes since January 2015; I’m now on my fourth pair. These maximalist shoes are made for distance runners. They provide ample cushion, promote a mid-sole landing and hold up well for high mileage. Read my review of the Clifton 1.
I use a Nathan Zephyr Fire 300 flashlight for running in the dark. It provides me with excellent visibility to vehicles and bikes and the ability to see in under lit areas, and at under $50 dollars, it was an great deal.
I have never worn Nike shoes, but their apparel is fashionable and practical.
The name says it all. They are very effective.
I spray Odor Eaters in my shoes after every run to prevent bad smells from building up.
PowerBar makes tasty protein bars for before, during or after the run. Their PowerGel does a similar job as GU but I have found it goes down much easier.
Puma makes trendy running apparel. I would never recommend running a marathon in a pair of Pumas, but their clothes are very comfortable and stylish.
This is the only running app you need on your smartphone. Runkeeper’s GPS accuracy is great (although not as precise as Garmin) and they offer helpful training plans and robust activity analytics.
SmartWool makes a solid pair of running socks. Mine have ample cushion, making them ideal for cool weather or long training runs when you need extra support.
Delicious and easy to consume on the run, Sport Beans should be in your pack on every long training run.
Tifosi Optics makes very effective sunglasses for running. They stay in place and breath very well, and some models come with multiple lenses. I decided on this brand because they had good reviews and they were in my price range.
The massage ball is the only TriggerPoint product I have. It’s a lifesaver on knotted muscles, especially glute muscles.
Looking for a handheld water bottle? Look no further than Ultimate Direction. I bring mine with me on almost every training run. It’s lightweight, fits the hand so I don’t even notice it, and it has a small storage compartment.
Under Armour makes superior cool weather apparel. I love all their apparel, really.
I don’t listen to music so much anymore when I run, but my headphone of choice is Yurbuds. They don’t block out street noise, so you can be aware of your surroundings while enjoying some tunes. Also, they stay in place very well.