My Running Gear

My running career started quite simply.  A pair of Walmart tennis shoes, a pair of long leggings, a tent like t-shirt, and the sincere hope that I wouldn't make too big an ass of myself.  As it turns out that's really all that's required when your weight, stamina, and lung capacity only allow you to shuffle along for about 15 seconds at a time.
Fast forward several months to a point where I can run a 5k without stopping to walk.  While I fully agree that if necessary I can still run with minimal gear there are a few things that I've come to rely on to make my runs more enjoyable/comfortable.

chrissy mazer running gearFirst up are my shoes.  I'd never been known as a shoe snob before in my life (see above re: Walmart shoes) but as I got more into running I soon realized that the pain in my feet and calves was due to more than just my lack of fitness.  Once I got into these shoes my runs became SO much more comfortable and easy on my feet.  What they say is true, folks - shoes matter.

chrissy mazer running gearNext up are my wireless headphones.  I use the Jaybird BlueBuds X and have very little complaints.  They connect wirelessly, they don't skip, and they have microphone capability.  I love not having a long wire running through my shirt or sleeve which would always, inevitably, end up getting tugged and yanking the buds out of my ears.

chrissy mazer running gearThis guy is a new addition to my gear.  The Amphipod handheld water bottle.  I only got this a couple of weeks ago but I absolutely love it.  Usually I would just grab a 16oz individual bottle from the case we buy at Sam's Club but holding onto it while running kept ending up in my fingers going numb and the occasional thud of the bottle hitting the ground.  Another bonus of the Amphipod?  It's got a zippered pocket on the outside of the strap that holds my keys.  One less thing to stuff in my bra!

chrissy mazer running gear
And last but certainly not least is my Apple Watch.  I love the Workout feature and use it every time I run.  Having a log of my run times and distances helps me to track my progress.  Plus there is the Stand Counter making sure I don't spend the rest of my time sitting in front of the computer.

There are a few other items that I use every time I run (uber sports bra, anyone?) but these are the ones that are tried and true that I use every time I run.  Also not pictured are my bomb playlists.  Okay maybe not bomb playlists.  My musical tastes can be quite questionable at times.

About Chrissy