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11/2/13 10:23 P

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I use Runkeeper to track my runs and Slacker for music, both on my phone. This also results in my phone always being on me and charged in case an emergency arises. I use an arm band that I also put my car key and ID in behind my phone.

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I found a "my tagalongs" waist belt with a small, flat pouch to be great for keys and all that. Adjustable, wide band, and I got it for $7 at TJ Maxx. Most of the running tights/capris I've seen don't have pockets or just have a tiny little compartment big enough for maybe one key that is sewn into the waistband and doesn't close in any way. I keep my inhaler on me if I am going more than a mile from home, so it's a good place to put that, too.



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10/28/13 10:57 A

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I have always had problems storing my keys while running or working out. Found out about this keyholding bracelet on kickstarter which seems to solve my problem, and it looks good to. Hope the project succeeds so that I will have a bracelet by the end of the year! Its called "Keybud", if you search for it on kickstarter.com you will find it.

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I used to use a hydration pack when I was riding. I don't really like how sweaty they make my back. I only used it for really long rides when access to water or Gatorade was limited or non-existent.

The Hubs absolutely loves his hydration pack and never complains about the sweaty-back issue. So it's really a matter of personal preference. Before investing in a hydration pack, you might want to try a run with a small, lightweight backpack on your back just to see how it feels.

I have a waist belt that carries one water bottle. It's really comfortable and it's doesn't bounce around as much as I expected it would. I know they make waist belts that carry multiple bottles.

As far as the weight goes, a gallon of water weighs about 8 pounds. Two 20-ounce bottles will add about 2 1/2 pounds. I wouldn't think that would impact your stride.

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6/3/13 8:55 A

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Lots of great suggestions that I've been reading through, and quite a few that I've personally used. Right now I use a SpiBelt for holding my phone, keys, ID, etc. and it works wonderfully. I was skeptical at first that it was just a small, glorified fanny pack but that's not the case. It's small, slips under my running shirt without being noticeable, and doesn't let the things inside bounce at all while I'm running. I'm definitely impressed.

What do people prefer for longer runs in the hot weather of summer? I can do 4-5 miles without hydrating in the middle but I'm starting to add longer distances, and the weather's starting to get a lot hotter, so I'm looking into my options. I'm leaning towards a Camelback, because I think it would also be great for my long bike rides [usually I take two water bottles for those and it's still not enough] but I'm worried about that extra weight being significant on my runs. A regular water bottle isn't an option for me, as I can't hold things for very long [I have wrist problems].

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Go to Marshall to buy your run gear. Run shoes low cost price



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Essential to any runner is a good pair of running shoes. No one shoe is going to fit everyone. The best thing to do is to go to a specialty running store or tech shop and get a stride test (free) to find out what shoe is right for you! My favorite running tool, although...not necessarily essential (maybe to me) is a GPS watch to track your progress and clock out your mileage for you. I recommend Garmin, I paid $300 for mine but I've had it for 3 years and its got another 2 or 3 on it at least.



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That's good the hear, Trix. I've been curious about how well those type of products live up to their claims of allowing you to hear the noise around you.

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5/27/13 9:08 P

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Great tips everyone! Makes me want to lace up and get out there!

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The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 shoes that I bought at a specialty store (where they made a video of me running, took lots of measurements, etc.), cost the same at the specialty store as they did everyplace else. I went to Fleet Feet Sports which I know has locations around the country. I shopped online, at Academy, Dicks, ebay, etc. The shoes were $110 everywhere, including Fleet Feet.

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My best advice to you is find a specialty running/walking store. Be prepared to spend 10-20% more, BUT they will take time to look at your feet, your gait, and other factors and get you into the right shoes. In my opinion, the right shoes are the key to success. If your feet/knees/hips hurt, you won't want to walk. I finally broke down and went to a running store and now I wonder why I waited so long!!!! Good luck with your new routine! :)

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5/27/13 10:36 A

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This reply is to Tinker402. I really like my Swowel sweat towel. It works great on my long runs. I searched a long time before I found what I was looking for, I wanted something I didn't have to carry either. We have a running group of about 10 ppl. About half of us have one and we all are happy with it. Good luck.

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After researching RunPhones (thanks to the suggestions below), I ended up buying a Tooks audio headband (www.tookshats.com). I used them today for the first time and I am in LOVE. I bought the dryfit headband, and it absorbed all the sweat wonderfully, I could hear my music and still hear ambient noise like traffic, and they were very comfortable! My first run without having to adjust my headphones a thousand times!

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Haha! My dog is usually my best running "gear." She gets more looks than I do, so drivers tend to see us better. Sadly it's already getting too hot to bring her on a run with me. :(



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A dog! emoticon

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The other thing I wouldn't be without is my hi-vis running vest (with reflective strips) - it often gets really misty where i live, and I like to know that drivers can see me!

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I have one of those armbands that has a pocket for your house or car key- great for when you decide to go for a run on the way home from work!

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I find i need a really good, well made gym bag, my trusty Ipod loaded with free run programs ( get a better workout w/ it than w/o it), a seperate watch with timer (i prefer that over the timer on the ipod) and a pair of cheap sunglasses.

shorts - hard to find the right kind that do not ride up or ride down. when i find a perfect style i buy them in two or three colors. and i find them at the oddest places. just found a great pair at Old Navy for $12.99 made of sweatpant material with a nice band on the waist besides the drawstring and they don't ride up or down and they don't have old navy written on them anywhere!!!

running shoes - i have a few brands and styles, but prefer Izumu Pearl, which i first discovered on Atheta.com and search for better prices and found them on 6pm.com.


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I am new to Spark People, I've been reading and reading the post. Love it and I have learned so many things. I am just now starting to get into running which is why this topic is so helpful. Some of these items people are mentioning are foreign to me but I am buying things little at a time. I always use sunscreen, my iPod, and I just bought these awesome running shoes. My problem is, I am not in that good of shape, so I am sweating a ton. I have to use a hand towel when I run, but I hate carrying anything but my key fob and I usually find a zip up pocket for that. I have been recently looking for a sweat towel to use specifically for running, light weight and hopefully attaches to my body somehow. The only thing I really ran across was a Swowel sweat towel. Has anyone else tried it? You wear the sweat towel around your waist so you don't have to carry it. Let me know what you guys think of it please. Also a good watch that counts calories and distance.



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Brooks running shoes with Lynco Inserts , a physical from your physician to run. I live in very Urban area - I do run with head phones as I need to be aware of my surroundings - when I arrive on a path then crank the tunes - Good Luck - LiL Racer emoticon





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Run Phones seems interesting, so far I just use a headband over my headphones and it does the trick.





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SMELIOT, have you considered RunPhones? They're two little speakers sewn into a headband. The company says you can still hear your surroundings. (I bought them for my husband so he can watch TV in bed while I'm sleeping.)

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5/18/13 1:36 P

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There's some great info here. I'm trying to walk more and will be looking for a good pair of shoes. Any suggestions? Thank you in advance.

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Well, from someone who sweats a lot (think just coming out of the pool :D), I really like all the high-tech moisture-wicking fabric clothes out there. That includes socks for me, since I tend to get blisters easily. Thanks for the couple of people who recommend Body Glide - I'm going to look into that!

I also agree with so many people about going to a Running Store to get your shoes - they really do know there stuff and your feet (and attached ankles, knees, legs, etc) need to have the best support for you. My store has a guarantee - if my shoes aren't working right after a few runs I can (and have) bring them back for either a refund or another pair.

And a good bra! I second the PP who mentioned Moving Comfort - GREAT styles and WONDERFUL support!

I have a HR monitor - fairly cheap - Timex WR 30M. Works quite well.

And even though I started out trotting to music, I have now switched to listening to books on tape (audible.com). I have a little Sanyo clip, and got a pair of Philips sports ear buds, because, again, I sweat a LOT, and didn't want to kill a pair of buds every month or so ...

Again for the sweat (seems to be a theme here :D), I like headbands - and just got a couple of lightweight Coolmax headbands from Sahalie - great fabrics!

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If you live in or close to a major metro area (Minneapolis/St. Paul, Cincinnati, etc., doesn't have to be as big as Chicago or New York), check for a running or triathlon-themed gear store. They can be a huge resource for what is available in your price range, what's worth spending money on, and what kind of gear to wear in what weather, specific to your area.

I started running outside in Minnesota in the winter a few years ago, and The Running Room was a major help in figuring out what I actually needed vs. what just sounded sexy. In Cincinnati, the Running Spot serves the same purpose, and here in Seattle I've had pretty good luck with Title Nine (though that's female-specific!).

As for specifics:
- good wicking socks - I like SmartWool
- sunscreen - any "sport" variety works well, I like Neutrogena's Ultimate Sport
- a hat if you're planning to run between 10am and 3pm. Sunburned parts and/or bald heads are horrible!

Unless you're running more than a 5K, you don't need to bring water with you on the run. Hydrating before and after is sufficient. If you are running more than that, I'd look into one of the hydration backpacks, simply because personally I think they're easier to deal with. I'm planning on getting this one once I get my running mileage over a 5K: http://www.walmart.com/ip/19487075?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227014538821&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=13701565270&wl4=&wl5=pla&veh=sem

I can't speak to any of the tech gear - the most complicated thing I use while running is the timer on my (very low-tech) cell phone to keep track of my time. Most of the races I do don't allow iPods, so I train without any kind of auditory distraction.

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Again great info. But does anyone wear any knee compressions?

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I have an Armpocket for my music, keys, ID etc. that stays in place really well--no slipping down your arm, you can use your touchscreen thru it, etc.

One piece of equipment I consider essential is lights. Even in the daytime I run with a flashing light armband or lights clipped to my back or hat visor. I have to cross some fairly busy streets and even if I wait for the pedestrian crossing signal (which I always do!) I have almost gotten hit numerous times. People just DON'T look. The more visible you can make yourself, the better.

I use Yurbuds for my earphones. They stay in place, even when I sweat, they have different sizes and they are not noise-cancelling. I can hear traffic, bikes, etc.

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New to running but long time hiker far from home. I just geared up for my new sport almost entirely at thrift stores. GREAT name brand clothes - Adidas, Danskin, Champion shirts, pants and capris for $3-4 a piece. I went to 3 different stores and have 11 different outfits. Enough for inside and outside wear, whether it is raining or not. (I live in Oregon - this time of year can still be cold and wet or hot as blazes.)

I got new shoes though - two of them - to rotate, since my old shoes immediately caused me a trouble on my first semi-serious run.

I also just got some body glide. I blister easily. I'll put it on before a long trip out, not carry it with me. And I'll also wear sunscreen on the back of my neck and shoulders, because I love tanks but for some reason I've been burning there the last couple of years. Never did before. Ponytail to keep hair out of face.

I have a couple of medical issues, so I ABSOLUTELY do pack at least my inhalant, an Epipen, a small water, my id, and a credit card. Yes, even for a run through a small country town, where nothing is likely to happen, right? My Dad died of anaphylactic shock. Rather not have someone call my Mom and tell her I didn't pack my Pen.

Also, a very small pepper spray that attaches to the fanny pack by a loop. I have a spare at home. Screaming at dogs that want to attack you doesn't work. Tried it before. Better safe than sorry.



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One of my favorite things is a special running vest with reflective strips. I have 2, a cheapie from discount store ($3) and one Rebock brand from eBay ($7), When it comes to running, hands down the Rebock one is better. If I was just a walker, the other one would be fine, but it doesnt have the freedom of movement that the brand name has.

Sometimes, you just find yourself wanting to run when the conditions are a bit twilight-y. Plus as summer moves on, evening may be the only time the temperatures are acceptable. I worried alot about getting hit, I worry less with my vest on - I *know* I'm more visible.



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Dont forget the sunblock :)

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I have a couple of Nathan water bottles that came with a strap that makes them more comfortable to hold in your hand. The bands also have pockets for keys, cash, gel, etc. But those bottles tend to leak and I switched over to the Ampiphod hydration belt and I love that. it has a clip for my key and plenty of room for anything else I need to carry. When I ran my last half marathon I had several gel packets, tissues, chapstick and lotion for my face to keep it from getting windburned.

I run in Asics and like those well. My husband runs in Brooks.

I didn't like the Nike app. My sister and I ran together one day, both using the Nike app on our phones. We ran the same exact route, yet her phone showed she went nearly a mile longer than I did.

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If you have an iPod, download "Charity Miles". You can pick from a list of charities and they will donate so much per mile that you run, walk or bike!




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I second the bondi bands suggestion. They have sweat wicking and "fashion" ones, but both seem to work for me.

I do run with an iPod a lot of the time (unless it's dark out). You do need to make sure you don't have noise cancelling earphones, though. Try to get the open air earphones or only wear one earbud.

If you run at dark, then make sure you wear very bright colors and something reflective or light up.

I also have a Garmin Forerunner 10. Fairly cheap ($120) and I love it.



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Hi, please don't run while wearing headphones, its no use getting fit and losing weight if you end up being hit by a bus or worse!



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i have a great sweat wicking headband from Bondi Bands that i love! does a great job keeping my hair out of my face too!



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I'm getting back into running and found this message board! Thank Goodness! It has some insightful tips. I have a quick question though. Does anyone wear knee compresses when they run? If so, what brand do you use?

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Aside from getting fitted for good shoes (I started out running in generic trainers and ended up needing to see the physio to treat to my Achilles tendon -- spend the $$ on shoes, not physio!), I enjoy using a run app on my phone to track distance and how often I'm running. Some let you plug your run into other social media, so if you belong to any virtual running groups outside SP, you can get support and accolades from friends there.

I also wouldn't run without:
-an armband for my phone & good earbud-type head phones. I like the earbud ones from Urban Ears - they're a bit more $$, but I like how they sit in your ears firmly but don't completely block out outside noise
-a comfortable sports bra (as someone else said, when you find one, buy 3 or 4!)
-clothes that I feel comfortable working out in (for me that's moisture-wicking type stuff, but it's different for everyone)

A good tip for finding cheap, high end gear is to check out online retailers like ProDirect Sports, KitBag, or whatever the NA equivalent is to the UK's SportDirect. They always have "sale" sections on their websites and you can get the high end gear for about the same price as you would pay for less quality stuff at retailers like Walmart/ASDA, TK/TJ Maxx, or anything like that. The selection is usually from past seasons, but if you don't care too much about colours/trends, then you can get some good quality gear there.

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I just recently bought a pair of Merrel barefoot running shoes. Definitely different



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How much are those Brooks shoes?



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Couple of things to add:

RunCuf--just found this at my last 10 km run. Neoprene sleeve to hold your phone on your forearem. Washable and more comfortable than my arm band! Also has a little pocket for id and key.

For track runners--I use elastic bands on my wrist to count laps--light and I can always find some!



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Brooks brand running shoes with added arch support!! The 80's on I Heart Radio!!!! A good sports bra.



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I agree.

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I used to run alot when I was younger and even then i took as little as I could with me!
A good sportsbra to hold the girls, good underwear, socks and comfortable running shoes. The clothes have never been important, my old yoga pants are airy and comfortable now when the weather is warmer, otherwise sweatpants.
Most important is my music, music makes me happy or lets me release anger/frustration and gets me to run just a little bit further



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My phone for music and runkeeper!

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Gum. I always chew gum when I run. Keeps mouth moist and make me breath thru nose plus burns an few extra calories. Bonus! LOL



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I don't personally have one but I've heard good things about the Nike Fuel Bands. I run in the Nike Air Pegasus+ shoes and they have a the Nike+ chip in them to be used with the fuel bands. I know they are more expensive if you don't have shoes with the Nike+ chip already in them, so you'd have to consider that investment if you don't already run in Nikes.

Also, Old Navy sells great running clothes, believe it or not. They are also very affordable.

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I agree with what many others have said, the thing to splurge on is the shoes. The store that I went to had a treadmill set up with a video camera. They made a video of my running before they even started to recommend shoes. I got some Brooks Adrenaline GTS and I love them so much!

I think a Road ID is essential, even if you are not actually on the road. If you have a medical issue and collapse, rescuers need to find your information quickly.

Other than those 2 items, I think many of the other things are nice to have but not entirely essential. I love my cute workout clothes. I love my ipod. I love my great comfy socks. I love my good sports bra, etc. But you can at least get started with good shoes and an ID.

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A moisture wicking hat or visor. I have one and I love it, it keeps sweat from running down my face too much and protects me from the sun.



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I had a problem with dogs a few years ago. Found that for about $4 in Walmarts, you can buy a compressed air boat horn. This is light to carry, but very loud. Tends to stop dogs in their tracks. Makes human threats think twice too.



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Something that hasn't been mentioned that would be useful for summer runs would be bug spray.

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I run on trails and sometimes local tracks.

good running shoes, appropriate for trail running or track
good socks and wicking clothing, appropriate for weather
Hat & sunglasses
ipod with clip (goes on my waistband)
camelback water bottle
road id shoe pouch holds my keys (and provides safety id info)
sunscreen (I actually prefer the brands of lotion or moisturizer with sunscreen in them, they seem to soak in better and later don't run everywhere)

Sometimes I run with my heart rate monitor or garmin gps (if on a trail and I'm not sure of the distance). Sometimes I just use my ipod for a stopwatch & clock.

If running on a local track, I like to use pennies to help me keep track of my laps (so, I keep a ziploc bag of pennies in my running bag). Every time I finish a lap, I move a penny from one pile to the other.

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just started running and loving it:) i have a I phone and just purchased wireless head phones i absolutely love them :) the where worth every penny. i have the LG ones.. so light and comfortable around the neck and amazing sound:) makes my running less painful lol...

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A good pair of fitted running shoes, comfortable clothes and some music for the road!



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A STICK! A couple of years ago I decided I didnt need one for an early morning down the road, and got badly bitten by my neighbours german shepherd! Now I always take a folding stick that folds into 4.
Pepper gas for the same reason, tho I have never needed to use it.
2 dogs and their equipment if I jog in the fields round the village.
Fitbit, for distance.
Ipod for timing laps.
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I just did my first long run that required extra gear. I got a FlipBelt and love it. The only annoying thing about it is it holds my iPhone with minimal bouncing, BUT I use my phone for GPS and need to check my mileage every once in a while. I've found that it's a pain to pull my phone out and put it back in. If you end up using a different way of tracking, it'll be a non-issue. The belt has enough room for gel packs, phone, ID, and keys.

I also got a hand-held Nathan water bottle and really liked it (I prefer holding my liquids as opposed to having it strapped to me).

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I have been running/jogging for 40 years. For the first 30 years my gear amounted to a pair of tennis shoes. I started in Keds, then moved onto Nike when they started their business.
35 years ago I purchased a reflector vest from a contractors store for $3. I still use that for dark mornings in winter.

For the rest it was sweatshirts, sweatpants, and a rain jacket if needed. One great thing about running is that you don't need expensive equipment! You don't need much at all!

Now that I have money, in the last five years I purchased a pair of running pants on sale for $50 (regular about $100), a lightweight, bright colored windbreaker ($45 on sale), and
lights for my arms. I flash like a Christmas tree now!



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I keep it pretty simple: I always wear my Nike Free running shoes (best shoes I've ever owned for running) with my Thorlos socks, either a pair of proper running shorts or pants, a sweat-wicking top so I don't get any rubbing (which can hurt a lot after a long run!), sports bra (whatever one you find and love buy like 3 of them at once!) my ipod shuffle (or my iphone if I'm going off road and could get hurt and need to call someone!), my house key tied to my sneaker, my watch and my sunglasses. The less cumbersome you can make your experience the more enjoyable it will be. Of course the longer you run for the more you may need (such as water) and then of course you get into those belts with the little bottles on them. I'm not there yet but maybe someday! Hope that helps a bit!



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I realized I forgot to mention the single most important item of all, for me. Heck, I don't even leave the house without them!

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Here's what I need with me on EVERY run:

-My Fitbit Zip (I wear this all the time anyway)
-My watch (I also wear this all the time anyway)
-Keys to get back into my apartment (just the 2 I need; I take them off my regular key lanyard)
-My running shoes
-If I'm wearing exercise shorts/pants with large enough pockets, I bring my cell phone. If it's a pair with too small pockets (or without pockets at all), I leave the cell and bring an emergency info card in case something happens to me. (I am looking into one of those wristbands that you can get your info printed on.)

As for clothes—I'm not into fancy exercise clothes. I wear regular cotton socks and underthings, gym shorts/gym pants/windpants/sweatpants/leggings, and a regular t-shirt/tank top/sweatshirt/windbreaker. (Depends on the weather, of course; will add gloves/hat if it's colder.)

I used to listen to music as I ran on my iPod; now I prefer to go without for safety reasons, and because I now have more interesting routes to look at. :)

I'm a fan of the "simpler = better" approach.

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If you have a Best Buy near you, they will price match with Amazon so you can get a really good deal. I got my Polar FT4 there and I love it. :)



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Let me add my support for good, moisture-wicking running clothes and sports bras. It makes a huge difference. As others have mentioned before, Target has good C9 clothes and WalMart carries Danskin brands that are both affordable and comfortable. I also like Old Navy's performance wear, too. Their shirts are comfy and tend to be a bit longer to cover my rear. I have ample thighs and a larger belly, so I prefer the compression-style spandex shorts that completely cover my thighs. I have had no problem with chafing since switching from baggy sweats or running-style shorts. I was embarrassed until my 22 year old son said, "Mom, you're out exercising. You're doing wonderful! OWN IT!" So, if a 22 year old says his mom can wear compression shorts and a tank top (when I really thought I had no business doing so), we all can. Be comfortable (e.g., no chafing and minimal discomfort from sweating) and you'll exercise more. Who cares what anyone thinks?! (And they're probably thinking, "I should be out exercising like her...")

You can also find some good deals on clearance clothing at the specialty shops, too, if you want some of the higher-end brands. I find that the higher-end brands aren't made to fit my, um, "curves," and therefore the fit isn't as comfortable as the cheaper brands made for the masses. I've also found some really good deals at Marshall's and TJ Maxx. They are hit-and-miss, so if you don't find something today, try again next week. They have both generic and high-end brands.

Flavoring for water is another thing I really like, whether they are the drops, powders, or those fizzy tablets (Nuun tri-berry is my favorite because it's not sugary-sweet, but it is pricey compared to others). Why flavoring? If it tastes good, you'll hydrate even more. If it's hot and you're sweating a lot, look into flavors that also replace electrolytes; they're usually labelled as sports drinks.

If you are like me and hadn't updated your sock collection in a few years, get yourself some new socks. As long as they say they'll wick away sweat, the ones at WalMart/Target/Old Navy/Marshall's should be fine. The really fancy ones make a good reward for reaching short term goals, as they're not THAT expensive and they make you feel professional when you pull them on. :) But I don't find fancy socks to be that important for everyday workouts (unless you're really doing long distances!). But those old cotton socks -- yuck. Comfy for kicking around at home, but not for exercising.

I can't tell you how important it was for me to get fitted from a good running/sporting goods store (not a big-box store). They should watch you walk and have you try on a number of pairs of shoes. IT IS SO WORTH IT. Now that I have the right kind of stability shoes with the right kind of arches and laced a bit differently so they don't chafe my heel, MY FEET DON'T HURT! I can now run seemingly forever without my feet hurting. I previously didn't want to walk a few blocks in equally expensive running shoes that just were not right for me. Best $100 I've spent, as now I can run!

Use sunscreen to avoid a sunburn that you'll negatively associate with exercising. A product called Body Glide (looks like a little deodorant stick) can stop chafing. I've used it on my heels, toes, thighs, and even where tags dig into me to keep blisters from forming. Worth its weight in gold while you get your body up to speed.

In short, if you're just starting out, if you are COMFORTABLE, you'll do it again.

Oh, and get a bottle of whatever kind of pain reliever you can take. Take some when you get home after the first several workouts. The best cure for sore muscles, though, is to exercise again, though!



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*Running shoes
A good pair goes a long way. I bought the wrong pair at first and injured my knee because they didn't have enough support.

*Running socks
There are three options here: cotton, synthetic & wool. I've found that all three work sometimes and sometimes don't. You should find what works for you, but something minimal is usually best.

*Sports bra
Target has some nice ones. I also really like Lucy's. I recommend something without plastic or metal clips, so that it doesn't chafe against your skin.

*Shirt, Pants
Again, Target has good ones. If you want to splurge, Lucy is my recommendation because they truly are built for running and tend to have pockets that zip for keys.

*Water belt or water bottle or water backpack
I run with a belt sometimes and sometimes with a bottle I can carry (I use an Amphipod handheld bottle). I've found the sometimes I prefer one or the other and they both come in handy. Based on the length of your runs, the bottle is actually nicer. I prefer it for runs under 13 miles.

*Running belt
Regardless of whether you get a water belt, get a small running belt for days when you run without your water. Useful for keys.

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*Rain gear
A light rain proof jacket for running.

*Head light

*Long sleeved running shirt
For early morning runs

*A second pair of shoes
It's actually better for your knees/legs to alternate shoes from one run to the next. No pair is perfect and alternating helps prevent injuries by putting the strain on a different muscle.

*Energy gels
If you are going on long runs, you are going to need energy. Gels like GU are excellent for that.

*Hydration tablets
This usually also only applies to long runs, but I like having them in my water on shorter runs too.



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I agree with many of the previous posters that you really need good running shoes (fitted by a running specialty store, if at all possible), socks, and a supportive bra. I prefer my bra (and shirt) to be moisture wicking. I've had good luck finding exercise apparrel at Target for a reasonable price. I've got a few Champion C9 compression bras (which are moisture wicking) that I bought for $12 ea, and I also like their Champion C9 Duo Dry socks (less than $10 for a pack for 4). I've also got several Danskin moisture wicking T-shirts that I bought at Wal-Mart for around $5 apiece.

Depending on what time of day you plan to run, you may also need some lights and/or reflective gear so that you can be seen (and possibly see where you're going). I've got an arm band LED light and an LED head lamp that I use when I run early in the morning, since the sun doesn't come up until about mid-way through my run. My running jacket/vest (for cooler days) and some of my shirts also have reflective patches so that I can be seen. Many running hats also have reflective stripes on them.

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The gear I find I need most are:

-good running shoes, not worn-out
-wicking runner's socks (I'm about to switch to a thinner type for summer)
-supportive sports bra
-lightweight tank or t-shirt and running shorts with a pocket, OR my favorite capri tights
-a lightweight wicking baseball cap for sunny days, or a thin headband and clips to keep my hair up and out of my eyes
-smartphone w/ C25K app and music playlist, and earbuds
-keys
-SPF 50 chapstick

I always put on UVA/UVB SPF 30 sunblock before I go. Usually I plan my route so that water is available about halfway (a park water fountain, etc.) and I keep a bottle of water in my vehicle, along with a hand towel and small snack such as almonds or a Clif bar. I don't run on roads, so I rarely carry i.d., but it would be a good idea to have a tag.

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I agree with the suggestions and I also glad to get some recommended apps for the phone.


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At the risk of repeating what others have said, these are my "must haves" and I am on a TIGHT budget!
Good running socks (a must!) I like any that have compression around my arch and extra padding on the heel and toe box area
Good running shoes (I would go to the running store and get fitted)
I use the Map My Fitness app on my phone, the free version.
A supportive bra (try on LOTS)

I believe those are the bare bones minimum. I don't use a heart monitor, so I can't really give a suggestion...

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Like a few others, I'm a bit of a minimalist when it comes to running.

Required:
-Good running shoes
-Sunscreen
-Emergency $$ in case I for some reason need to take a cab or the bus home
-ID

Optional:
-If it is hot--water (I like the mini hand-held bottle devices that have a pocket for keys and ID--the belt kind annoy me too much when it starts to get hot and sweaty outside)
-An outfit that will make you feel motivated and badass and not overheated
-Smartphone or GPS for mileage tracking
-Good music, especially if you're not in a running mood!

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If I go out for a run without Chapstick I am lost! I run home to get it and start again.



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Thanks, SOCAL_LEE! The Nathan pack had good reviews, but it's always nice to hear more about it.

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You NEED a good bra, socks (quick dry) and properly fitted sneakers. I also agree about a place or pocket for ID and keys. Beyond that, I think everything else optional. For example, I like a cute running outfit to help motivate me on the days I don't want to go, but I don't have a heart rate monitor yet have managed to increase speed and distance successfully. So if you don't have a huge budget right now, don't stress. You'll figure out what works for you as you go along and your mileage increases.

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I use a HR monitor by Pyle Sports, bought it on Amazon for less than $30

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I have a baseball cap from The Northface that is waterproof so it either blocks the sun or keeps rain out of my eyes.






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I have a Nathan waist pack and like it. It's comfortable, doesn't jiggle or move when I run, and holds the two water bottles (included) snugly. I also like that it's got a clip inside the ID pocket for keys.

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You definitely should invest in a few pairs of GOOD running socks. You don't want to get blisters! I recommend Pro Compression; they are light weight and look and feel great. On my smartphone, I use the free Nike Running App. It tracks mileage, speed, and keeps a cumulative total. I love to see those miles rack up!. Also works with walking and you can use it on a treadmill.

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For those of you reading along and want an HRM and have a smart phone, I've really, REALLY loved my Zephyr HxM. It's an HRM chest strap that communicates to your cell phone via Bluetooth. A number of apps support it, including my favorite SportsTrackLive and my second favorite Endomondo. The chest strap currently about $85 for Android and $70 for iPhone, and usually the apps that support it will give you a coupon code for $5 off.

Why do I like it so much? I can choose my app (there are more than just those two that are supported). My phone also doubles as an MP3 player. Unlike the watches, the phone apps can speak your data to you at regular intervals that you set (either every X minutes and/or every X miles or fractions of miles). There's a training mode that can help you with intervals, if you're trying a Couch to 5K program. I can use the phone/app/hrm combo on my bike as a speedometer display as well. And, most importantly, after a fairly unnerving run with a really creepy guy lurking about, I have my cell phone in the event of an emergency.

I've used an arm band to hold my phone, but I find that they bug me. I've found a little waist pack (mine's by Amphipod, but there are many similar kinds) that rides on the small of my back. Nobody can see the contents, only that I have earphone wires coming out. For all anyone knows, it's a cheap MP3 player, so I don't feel like I'm tempting thieves. There's also a little room for a key, a gel or nutrition bar, and ID.

My husband and son have used both Polar and Garmin watches, so I'm familiar with those products, too. I like my cell phone setup the best. I have many more options to play with (which keeps me interested in exercising).



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These are great ideas! I just got a smartphone in April and it has changed my running now that I have music and run keeper. I would add that before I had a tracker, I would use the map feature here on sparkpeople to have a few prescribed routes so that I would know how much I was running. It was easier to gauge my pace when I didn't have to think about the distance.

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I have a Droid on VZ and gps is included with everything else. VZ Navigator costs extra but if you use the Google or Apple navigation/maps, its included and location based apps like Runkeeper, etc don't cause extra charges. I used Runkeeper briefly before I decided that my phone was too heavy to run with :P



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Regular Verizon, but I though true "GPS" was extra...I could be mistaken.

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Thanks for the sunglasses recommendation! That totally would have slipped my mind!

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In the summer I like: a wicking sweatband, a good pair of runners (get fitted at a running store), a good sports bra, a water bottle or a waist pack with the little bottles on them (great for longer runs), a garmin (tracks how far I go, pace, etc), a pair of sunglasses, and sunscreen!

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Yes because the apps use GPS/cell signal to track your location and distance information. This is true for all phone apps that track your distance.

On a side note, what iphone plan charges extra for GPS service? Or is it a case where you don't have a data plan and only go on the internet when you have a wifi signal? Just curious.



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Does Runkeeper require you have GPS on your smartphone? I have iphone, but do not pay for GPS....

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Definitely get a Road ID bracelet or shoe tag. They'll engrave it with your name, emergency contact(s), and any medical issues you might have that paramedics should know about. As a PP said, good shoes and a sports bra are a must. As for water, I just hand carry a bottle that has a little pouch for my keys and some spare cash.



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Several really great suggestions. Might I add that runners should have a form of ID on them. I know this may not be considered running gear, but there have been a couple of incidents in my community where a runner was injured and had no identification on them. My daughter bought me a ID tag that is attached to my shoe laces. It gives my name, blood type and emergency phone contact number. (her cell number). There is also space for medical conditions, i.e. diabetes.

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I don't have a smartphone. And I do need a water pack. I can't run more than 5-10 minutes before my throat gets extremely dry. The snacks are more of a "just in case" thing.

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The only running "gear" you really need is a pair of sneakers and a good sports bra. Unless you're running half marathons or more, you really don't need snacks or a water pack while you're on a run.

Most of my add-on gear is related to my phone: a good pair of Bluetooth headphones, tunes and RunKeeper.



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Do you have a smartphone? If so, I recommend the free app Runkeeper. It tracks your runs and provides tons of information, including calories burned.

As for actual gear, in the summer, I often wear a wicking, brimmed cap and/or running sunglasses. I also use a waist pack for my phone and depending on the temperature and length of my run, a small water bottle with a hand strap.

I will say that I totally want a Garmin!



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Thanks for the suggestions! The Garmin is a little out of my price range for now, but I'll definitely keep in on my wishlist.

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As previous poster...love my Garmin.
A must and pratical need...sunscreen
I'm going to start wearing a visor this summer for the first time...added protection and to stop the sweat from running into my eyes.
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I have a Garmin Forerunner 110 with a heart rate monitor. I LOVE IT so very much! It's got a built in GPS, and when I wear my chestband, it tracks where I go, my speed, pace, heart rate, and everything. It even tracks the freakin' weather, which I love. It tracks all kind of record data, and I can browse through every run.

However, if you're looking for something more entry-level, I got a good one at Walmart that lasted about a year before the battery died in it for about $45. You want one with a chest strap, that you can enter age, gender, and weight for accurate calorie burn estimates.

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I'm sure there are plenty of topics on this...but my search feature isn't working.

This summer I will begin to run outside and also pick up my training a bit. I need suggestions for gear. I plan to buy a waist pack for water (that also has a pocket for ID, phone, and snacks). I have been looking at the Nathan Speed Waist Pack. I'm also going to buy some better workout clothes.

One thing I definitely want is a heart rate monitor. However, I'm not really sure what to look for (other than I know that I want it to log calories burned) and my budget is rather low. I would definitely appreciate some suggestions!

Any suggestions for other gear that would be good for me to have would also be appreciated (although I already have a pedometer). Thanks so much!

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