Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…
Yes. You read that right. I’m singing a little bit of The Sound of Music. But there’s a reason I’m embodying Maria Von Trapp today. I’ve been humming My Favorite Things ever since I was asked to write about my favorite things for running.
When I first got this assignment, I was a little stumped because I don’t usually run with anything more than my iPod Nano, my 2008 Top 10% Gate River Run Finisher hat, and a Nike watch. But the more I thought about it, I realized I may be light on running accessories while I’m on the trail, but off the trail it’s a different story. If you peak inside my little Honda Civic or inside my closet door, you’ll definitely see some running paraphernalia. So here are a few of my favorite things for before and during a run.
Foam Roller: The OPTP AXIS Roller Black
Get them at RoadRunnerSports.com: Foam Rollers
You can also find them at Power-Systems.com: Foam Rollers
Zensah Ultra Calf & Shin Sleeves
I decided to try the Zensah Ultra Calf & Shin Sleeves hoping to help my tender legs feel their best during my recovery. I chose sleeves over socks because I don’t like to wear socks to bed. Plus, I wear sandals a lot, so I can wear the sleeves to work hidden under my pants (and yes, I’ve done that) and I don’t have to field a bunch of questions from my co-workers.
If you want to know more about the benefits of compression gear overall, check out the post by my fellow www.10k-running.com blogger Carl Leivers. He’s a collegiate coach and he says both he and his athletes notice a difference in their long run recovery days when they use compression gear.
Get them from RoadRunnerSports.com: Zensah Ultra Calf &Shin Sleeves
Also purchase them through Amazon.com : Ultra Calf and Shin Sleeves
180s Ultralite CTG Convertible Gloves
But the gloves have a hidden compartment on top that holds what the company calls a “retractable hood.” On rainy or colder runs when your hands need more insulation, you can pull the hood over your fingers so your gloves become mittens. The 180s also feature a raised fabric pod on the index finger so you can control your MP3 player without taking off the gloves.
Find them through RoadRunnerSports.com: 180s Ultralite CTG Gloves