From time to time, I like to share things that I’ve been using and loving lately. This time around, I figured I’d share what I’ve been using to train for all my races this summer (remember, I’m running two marathons – Wineglass and Marine, two half marathons – Annapolis and Richmond, and a few shorter races). The weather has been pretty gross all summer – high temperatures and extremely high humidity, so I’ve tried a few different things on the gear front to help me bear it.
- Nathan Handheld. I got this a year or so ago (on the recommendation of Julie) and I love it. It does take a few runs to get used to carrying it, but I don’t have any issues using it. I’ve used it on runs up to 13 miles so far and I’m planning on using it for Wineglass and seeing how that goes. I like it because the pouch is large enough for me to fit my phone and any fuel I need. The bottle holds 22 ounces of water and you can sub out a different water bottle if needed (I sometimes use a Nuun water bottle with this one and that doesn’t give me any trouble).
- Speaking of Nuun, I continue to be a fan. I’ve tried to be very careful about not running low on electrolytes while running (the high humidity just zaps me) and Nuun helps me in this area. My only problem is I didn’t figure out a good way to carry extra Nuun while on the run – this summer was just too hot to carry the tablets – they would disintegrate. I think that my plan for the marathon(s) is just to start with Nuun in my bottle and then to take in Gatorade on the course. I don’t love Gatorade but I’ve been able to tolerate it well while drinking it during water stops hosted by my training group this summer so I know it won’t upset my stomach.
- Saltsticks. I’ve mentioned these before, but I’m a big fan. I take one every hour or so while running to help replace those lost electrolytes. They are easy to swallow and I just stick a few in a plastic baggie and I’m good to go.
- Injinji socks. These are my new obsession and I LOVE them. I tried them out initially looking for socks that would help protect me from blisters on long runs. These did the job spendidly. And they are SO comfy. The toe sock aspect isn’t weird at all – I actually find myself not wanting to take these socks off after I run – they are that comfy!
- And speaking of blisters…Body Glide is a must. Trust me. You do not want to learn the hard way – discovering in the shower that something has chafed you is an experience that I can only liken to walking over hot coals. It’s awful.
What have been your go to running gear items that got you through summer training?
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