It’s always good to learn from other people who have learned the hard way. Like, if I were to tell you to cut your toe nails before going on a long run so you don’t damage the nail bed to the point the toe nail falls off… you might want to listen… 😉 Live and learn, am I right? Yeah..
So here we go..
This post talks about some BASIC things you might want to consider taking with you on your runs. When I first started running, I’d just throw on some yoga pants and sneakers and head out the door! But now, I’ve wised up a little to what helps make the time go by quicker as well as how to make myself more comfortable.
Note that this is what I do but it’s not a one size fits all thing. Through trial and error, you’ll find what works for you too! But if you’re needing some ideas to get started, here are some simple tips on what to bring…
Running for Beginners: 5 Basic Things to Bring on a Run
Ok, this one is easy. Everyone knows this, right?
My 2nd half marathon had two… ONLY TWO… hydration stations. In the weeks leading up to the race, it never once dawned on me to check the route and plan water accordingly, especially since I thought that hydration stations every couple miles were pretty much standard. There’s nothing like dry mountain air, lots of altitude and being 8 miles into a half marathon to make one regret not having planned ahead.
So, whether you’re running a race or simply gearing up for a daily run, don’t forget to plan how you’ll re-hydrate. If my run is 3 miles or less, I stash water bottles in my car to chug on the way home. Any more than 3 and I strap on my hydration belt!
2.) MYTAGALONGS Waist Band
MYTAGALONGS Wait Bands are super convenient and not that expensive. I found mine for $5 at Marshall’s and it’s been the best thing ever. My car keys and Driver’s License tuck perfectly inside.
The great part is, the waist band buckles around my waste and I don’t seem to notice it after that! So basically, the little pouch provides anxiety free runs since I no longer have to worry about losing my keys down a trail. Which has happened.
3.) Driver’s License or ID
This tip actually comes from a friend of mine and I’ve been practicing it ever since.
Always bring your DL with you! I certainly don’t run in fear but should anything ever happen to me while I’m out running, it’s great to have some form of identification handy. Safety first.
4.) Cell Phone, Earbuds & Music or Podcast
My cell phone, earbuds and music is a must have with all my runs! Playing beats you love, getting lost in an Audible book or being intrigued by a podcast is the best way to make a long run go by faster.
I share a Spotify music account with my husband because we’re cute like that 😉 but I quickly learned not to listen to his playlist while running. His taste in Country music is pretty terrible and a total running buzz kill. So, I created a specific upbeat playlist called Running – love it! ♥
Side note: if you’re a Spotify user, always download your playlist! My first half marathon was in the middle of nowhere that got zero signal and, yep! I had to run the entire 13.1 miles without any music. Longest. Run. Ever.
So do yourself a favor and download your music, mmk?!
5.) Sweat Rag
I call it a sweat rag but let me get real with you… It’s to blow my nose. And to wipe sweat.
Runs get ugly.
Maybe not everyone needs this but it’s a must have for me! Sweat stings my eyes and snot bubbles throw off my breathing when I’m really pushing the limits of what my body can do! So, I’ll never not bring one. I highly recommend you do too. 🙂 You can also see this rag pictured above! That was taken at the start line of a half marathon I did in September, 2017 (Buena Vista, CO).
So that’s! I’m a pretty simple gal so my gear is simple too. More advanced runners might bring their Garmin watch to track their runs but for now, I prefer to use a simple app on my phone. It’s important to note, however, that a Garmin will be much more accurate if you’re looking to train or become a serious runner.
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