“Knowing what your splits should be is really important if you’re trying to run a certain time — especially for longer distances. These bracelets, available in a wide range of distances and goal times, save you the trouble of memorizing every split or trying to do the math on the fly.”
SB: They have pacebands for every length of race…seems quite handy!
“Don’t let winter limit you to a treadmill for three months! But don’t fall on your ass either! Yaktrax attach themselves to your running shoes to give you some much-needed grip on icy or snowy roads and trails.”
SB: Obviously not needed for this year’s Mill Race Marathon, but if you are planning on signing up for a spring race these would be great for training this winter…especially since it’s supposedly going to be another harsh one.
“It’s usually a pretty good idea to run with some form of ID on you in case disaster strikes. While there are simpler ways to do it, this ID bracelet is made of paracord stringing, and can be used as a tourniquet or rope in case of an emergency. It can also double as a replacement shoelace in case of a much less serious emergency.”
SB: Always run with some form of ID. These allow you the freedom to leave your driver’s license at home.
“While most running shoes and a lot of jackets have reflective strips on them, you can never be too visable to cars while running when it’s dark out. This Canadian company offers reflective strips in a variety of designs that you can iron onto almost any piece of clothing. They do customized designs too!”
SB: These would be great for those early morning/late dusk runs that have to happen to avoid humidity!
“If you want to go a step beyond reflectors to be seen (and help yourself see), these LED knuckle lights will do the trick. Plus, you’ll probably feel a little bit like Iron Man.”
SB: See previous comment.
9. Foam roller
“Rolling against this big foam log after a run hurts so good. It’s less portable than The Stick, but it can hit different muscles to prevent injury and soreness.”
SB: If you’ve never used a foam roller before…GET ONE NOW!!!!! These are super wonderful after a run.
“These cool shirts by Viewsport are meant to get gross and sweaty, as they reveal a secret, usually inspirational message when they get wet.”
14. Body Glide
“Chafing is one of the worst things that can happen to a runner. So don’t let it happen.”
SB: PREACH IT! When I first started running, I thought chafing was a myth. I also hadn’t at the time run more than 3 miles. Then I ran 8. that last mile…BURNNNNED! Body Glide is your friend.
15. Cool Towel
After you get these towels wet and snap them a couple times, they become cool, which is exactly what you need after a long hot run. They unfortunately don’t get icy cold, but they offer a little easy and portable relief.
SB: Never used one of these, but I wouldn’t be opposed to it!
17. Shower Wipes
When you’ve got to squeeze a run into the middle of the afternoon, these portable wipes can help make it so you’re not grody for the second half of the day.
SB: a must for all the work-out things!
18. The FlipBelt
The FlipBelt is an easy way to store your keys, iPod, or pretty much anything else you’d need to bring along on a run.
SB: I don’t specifically use this brand, but I do prefer running with a belt rather than an armband. a) weird tan lines. b) uneven biceps. c.) chaffing
Will these actually help your run in any way? Probably not, but just look at ‘em! If Hermes and The Flash can run fast with winged boots, you should too!
SB: These are just sweet!
21. Drinking glasses
“After a tough run, you deserve it, and why not enjoy a drink out of a glass that lets everyone know what’s up? What is a beer or two but a little bit of extra carbo loading anyway?”
SB: Yes, the glasses are cool, but what’s even better is the PARTY that is happening AFTER the Mill Race Marathon in downtown Columbus! We will have more details as we get closer, but runner or not, you should probably be there :).