These days, it seems like everywhere I look someone is selling the latest and greatest running must-have accessory. And I know it’s hard to narrow your shopping list down to what’s crucial to have, what’s nice to have and what’s a waste of money.
Before I share my favorite running gear for the summer, you should know this post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links I’ll receive a small cut of the proceeds from whatever you buy.
I have to confess that I’m a collector of gadgets, gizmos and snacks — so I hope this list is helpful!
During the Run:
Garmin Forerunner 220 – Purple + White
I upgraded from a Forerunner 10 in March and I LOVE IT. The Forerunner 220 has every feature I need and collects all kinds of data. I love being able to customize my display screens, upload custom workouts from Garmin Connect, and sync using Bluetooth. The watch has a great walk/run feature, pace alerts and an internal accelerometer for treadmill/indoor running. I sync with Garmin Connect, Smashrun and Strava with no problems — and I love all of the data!
I bought my first pair of Nike Pegasus more than 6 years ago, and I haven’t looked back. I’ve tried a few other types of shoes (Mizuno and Saucony), but haven’t been able to find quite the right pair from another brand. These are cushiony and relatively light.
Right now I’m wearing the Nike Pegasus 31s in Purple and previously I rocked a sweet pair of neon Pegasus 30s. The 31 saw a major redesign which led me to try Saucony, but eventually I found my way back to the Pegasus. The toe box is narrower in the 31 than the 30, so keep that in mind. I believe the Pegasus 32s are on their way out, so we’ll see what changes come with that.
I haven’t been swayed by another brand’s fit or function yet, but I’m always up to try new things! What’s your favorite shoe?
My favorite running tops are flowy tank tops from Old Navy or TJ Maxx. I don’t stick to one particular brand — I just like cute stuff! I have lots of purple in my closet right now. If you’re looking for cute, affordable work out clothes I recommend Old Navy, TJ Maxx and Target. They won’t last you forever, but you’ll get through the season in one piece!
I have yet to try brands like Oiselle or Lululemon, but they do come highly recommended (and loved) by many runners.
I recently purchased a Flipbelt and I love it! I upgraded my phone last year and the new one was too big to fit in my handheld water bottle or armband. I’ve spent the last year carrying it in my hand while running. Yep — I’ve run countless races, including a half marathon with an iPhone 6 in my left hand! Now I can just stick it in the Flipbelt along with whatever else (keys, gel, ID) and it doesn’t move or bounce or slide around.
I haven’t done a ton of experimentation in this area, but I do have a huge basket of gels in my running closet! As the weather cools down and my runs get longer again I’m looking forward to trying some new things. For now, I’ve been sticking with the classic Gu.
My two favorites so far:
Salted Caramel Gu – Classic Starbucks-esque flavor.
Salted Watermelon Gu – Not as strange as it sounds, I promise! The flavor is subtle with only a hint of salt.
I lean toward dessert-type flavors rather than fruits — I think the taste holds up better in the summer. And I like to pretend I’m eating cake frosting or brownie batter rather than fruit flavored toothpaste.
Word of warning, this will not hold an iPhone 6. It will hold car keys, house keys, ID, and multiple gels. The nozzle is easy to drink from, open and close while on the run. The adjustable hand strap means you don’t feel like you have to hold or grip the bottle. It doesn’t bounce or slip, even when it gets sweaty. I’ve never had problems adjusting the strap or switching hands. I use this on nearly every long run!
This roller is INTENSE. Seriously, if you are new to foam rolling, I recommend you start with something simpler like this. This thing has brought me to tears, but it’s extremely helpful when dealing with ITB syndrome or tight muscles. The foam is dense and textured wrapped around a thick, hollow PVC pipe that won’t break down or lose shape over time.
I have to be careful with the PRO Compression Marathon socks because I want to order a million more pairs! I love wearing them after long runs or during long car rides. Keep an eye out for coupons and sales — and they always have neat patterns and designs! I’ve never worn these while running, but I know people swear by them. I’m excited to try it out when things cool down.
So there you have it — a few of my favorite things for summer running! I shop all over the place — local running stores, TJ Maxx and Amazon. Am I missing any of your favorite running gear? What’s on your shopping list?