Fit Five Friday – My 5 Required Items for Running

9 April, 2021 18 By Renée
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Five things you’ll never see me without on a run

Runners are mostly a funny breed. We all get pretty particular about the brands we use and things we literally would never be without on a run. I mean have you ever gone for a long run and you forgot your headphones? I remember the first time it happened to me and it was sheer panic (of course it ended up being fine, but at that point I’d never done a run without music!)

I want to get it out of the way immediately – I am not a brand ambassador or sponsored in any way, shape or form from any of these brands. In fact I have no relationship with any brand out there. I like what I like and that’s all I can say about that!

Without further ado, these are the things I’ll never be without on a run:

My Hokas

I used to be an Altra girl, mainly because of the issue with my toes. Altras are foot-shaped which means they have a toe box to actually match the toes on a human foot. While I loved the Altra (especially the Torin), the zero-drop also meant that there wasn’t much ankle support.

So I’ve moved on to Hokas. Currently I’m in the Hoka Clifton 7 and have two pair that I am alternating each month (approximately). My first Hokas were the Clifton 6 and luckily the 7 isn’t too different. One thing I hear and read runners complain about is when a shoe is “perfect” for them and then the brand changes the next version drastically enough to not be perfect anymore.

I am very happy that my favourite local running store has started carrying Hokas! Now I can actually try on different models.

Have you ever tried Hokas? What’s your go-to shoe brand?

My Aftershokz

Call me a weirdo (I’m used to it) but every time something becomes really popular I kind of don’t want anything to do with it. Even my friend Tina offered me a FREE pair of Aftershokz and I declined!

After several years of struggling to find headphones that didn’t fall out of my ears I had found some Bose headphones that were perfect. At some point the cable was damaged and Bose replaced my entire headphones because they were within a 2 year warranty. Then one day I went running with some friends and I thought I left my headphones in the car but they were never to be seen again! I went headphone-less for ages.

Once I started training for the Chicago marathon I was really missing my tunes on the long runs. Ron decided to buy me the Aftershokz TrekzAir. I CAN’T BELIEVE I resisted these for so long! Hands down, these are the best headphones for me for running, walking or even commuting (not that I commute lately, but you know…)

I recently applied to be a Dutch Aftershockz Ambassador (I literally never apply for these things anymore because I just don’t have the kind of audience brands want) and although I wasn’t chosen (boo) I will definitely still recommend them to friends if they ask me.

What kind of headphones do you use, if any?

My Goodr Sunglasses

Right now I’m all about colors, and Goodr definitely hits the mark there! However, Goodr was also a brand that all the cool kids were wearing (and I am so not cool) and so I resisted buying them. I already had an excellent pair of sunnies, why should I buy a “gimmick” pair?

Well, a running acquaintance of mine here in town contacted me some time ago and asked me if I wanted the pair she had. I didn’t ask why she no longer wanted them, I just said “sure!” (because, free sunnies!). Last year I also broke down and bought two additional pairs, because they were on sale and why not?

While I do not think Goodr are the best quality sport sunglasses, I certainly love the styles and colors. When I start training for something again, I’ll likely go back to my MauiJim’s for sports.

Do you wear goodr sunglasses, or another brand?

Something to hold my phone and ID

I like having my phone with me on the run because, well, if the run-selfie doesn’t happen, did the run even happen?

I used to have a great running pouch from Rucanor. But I used that thing until it literally fell apart (took several years). I made the mistake of buying a cheap pouch last year and the zipper broke almost immediately. Whomp, Whomp… goes to show you that sometimes you need to spend a bit of money if you want something to last.

After looking for the “perfect” pouch, and doing it online (like I mentioned previously, I’d rather see and touch things that I want to buy rather than buy online) I settled with this Nike pouch. I’m pleased to say it’s perfect!

Do you take your phone on the run? How do you store it?

My Garmin Vivoactive 4s

Just like taking a photo, if the run is not recorded, did it even happen?

I’ve had many Garmin watches and this current vivo is also not my first vivo. There was nothing really wrong with my last watch but the vivo has more activity options which I really like. Ron felt that my last watch was “too bulky” and because this one came in pink he decided I should have it.

I can do all the things with this vivo that I could do with my previous watch, including setting up workouts like intervals. The real test will be when I (one day) start training again for something that requires recording for a couple of hours or more.

Do you use a sports watch? What kind?

What’s something you are never without on the run?

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