Happy Friday, y’all! Remember that we have a new Friday Five format this year and our theme for the fourth Friday is…there is no theme! It’s a free Friday. For free Friday, I thought I’d share five running related tools that I use. I’m fairly simple when it comes to running. I don’t listen to music anymore, I don’t use a fitbit or an apple watch and I don’t carry anything special outside of my water. But there are a few things that I use while running (or immediately after) that help make my runs and my training go smoothly. Don’t forget to check out Cynthia and Mar and some of the other folks who link up with us – and please don’t forget to link to your hosts if you are participating! Have a great weekend!
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- My Garmin Forerunner 220. I love this thing. I wrote about it when I first bought it (you can read that review here) and every word I said is still true. It’s fantastic and I love the capability to do lap splits and to change what screen I view mid run. It’s my number one running tool!
- Strava. I love Strava – my runs load automatically and it’s great to look at data. I really enjoy following friends and running idols alike and seeing other people’s runs. Follow me!!
- Lacrosse ball. Oh this little jerk. Foam rolling is hard enough but the lacrosse ball really takes it to another level. I love it and hate it at the same time. Last week I had a huge knot in my calf after my tempo run and spent LOTS of time with the lacrosse ball trying to flesh out the knot. I was near tears working with that thing – ouch! BUT it’s effective and that’s what matters, right??
- Two pairs of shoes. I really like using two pairs of shoes and rotating them between runs. I currently am in need of my second pair of shoes for the rotation – I purchased a pair but had to send them back. I plan on getting my second pair in the next few days. Right now I’m rotating between Mizunos and Adidas – love them both!
- My Nathan handheld water bottle. This thing goes with me on almost all my runs. It’s enough water for a half marathon, so has been perfect for my training this winter. And the pouch can hold my keys or phone as needed. I should buy a new one because my current one has a hole in it thanks to my crazy dog who decided to clean it out when I left pretzels in the pouch post marathon. Ooops. I highly recommend this. It only took me a few runs to get used to carrying it and now it doesn’t bother me at all.
What five running related tools would make your list??