Today we?re talking about oldies but goodies on Tuesdays on the Run.
We?d love to hear about your biggest gear score.
What was TOTALLY worth the price and you’d buy again in a heartbeat? What would you recomend to a new runner, for example?
We know you have tried and true gear you love, so tell us all about it this week.
When it comes to gear, I went through a spending spree as a new runner.
Once I got online and into groups, started reading blogs, and, oh yeah- ran my first big race I knew I wanted it ALL.
Some worked out smashingly. Some took a few trials and errors to find the right fit.
Here are two items I think fall into the Worth It category.
Back when I trained for my first half, I was rocking the Nike plus with shoe pod. Yep. Didn’t even own a smart phone back then, much less know about any fancy apps.I went into the Princess Half thinking I’d trained up to 12 miles. About 9 miles into that half, I was pretty sure that ipod was WAY off considering the app was showing 12 miles.
Not cool, Nike, not cool at all.
I didn’t need fancy, but I needed accurate.
My first Garmin was the 10.
But it didn’t offer the battery life my long runs needed (I’m slow, remember?) so I upgraded almost immediately to a 110.
That sweet girl got me through quite a few miles! But I bought 2nd hand and it actually started dying on me.
Enter: the love of my life.
I bought the 220 as soon as it came out.
I LOVE IT.
I used a 15 for a little while but quickly went back to the 220.
It got me through a very, very, verrryyyy long marathon 2 weeks ago so this battery is boss. I have no complaints!
This watch: Worth It.
My other big purchase was made with “someday I’ll train for a marathon” in mind. Kinda funny since I soon switched to the “I’ll never train for a marathon” mindset.
And I bought it in girlie pink because I could.
This one is big enough for all the hydration I needed on the long runs in Arizona, but small enough not to weigh me down. It sat for years unused, because hey, I wasn’t REALLY going to run in the summer when it was hot!
But then I decided I had no choice since temps don’t’ really drop until October around here!
I somehow broke the chest connector, but I McGyvered it with a headband for now. I’ve been checking out new ones, but it’s hard to say goodbye to gear that I love!
This hydration system: Worth It.
Do you have any gear that’s worth buying all over again? What’s your “worth it” item?
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Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)