Running Gear Rocks

Happy to be linking up again with Amanda and Beka today and talking more running stuff. Even though I feel a little out of commission this week with my hip injury, that half-marathon is still coming up and today's post couldn't be more perfect. 

I've actually been on the hunt for new running shoes, as I've been wearing my current Nike's forever. I mean, we're talking yearssssss. With the mileage I've started putting on them, I'm going to have to pull the trigger on a new pair of shoes. I've been getting lots of recommendations from runners and it seems Brooks and Saucony are the tops choices. I'd love to hear more from you runners stopping in from the link-up!
I shared a few of my favorite running gear items in this post from January, and I still stand by them. Nike dri-fit socks seem to be the only ones that don't slip down during a long run. Wondering if that could have something to do with my shoes or my feet though... Do I have weird feet?! 

And my Under Armour Victory Tanks are just the best! So comfortable and when you get them at the outlets I can usually snag them for around $11 bucks. Soon I shall have the entire rainbow ;)

My birthday is coming up next month (hint.hint.) and I'm kinda' lusting after one of those pretty Garmin Forerunner GPS watches all the "legit" runners seem to have. I'd love to know if you use a watch like this, what brand/type and if they are worth the hefty pricetag! My post is turning more into a "Help! Tell me what gear I need to be a runner!" post, but I think that's okay, right?! Happy Friday, friends!

31 comments

  1. I have Brooks running shoes and I love them! I've been wearing them for over 2 years now (not straight), but there still in excellent shape. Also, I recommend going to a running store, even if you don't actually buy them there. They typically will have you run on a treadmill for a little bit, so they can see how you run and tell you what's the best kind of shoe for your running style.

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  2. I'm on Brooks right now and before that I wore Saucony! But I have really big feet so the experts at my local running store always suggest I get men's styles so they're not pretty :(

    I have a Garmin Forerunner 110 and I LOVE it love it love it but as soon as I save up the cashmoneyblingbling I'm going to get a 220 because I'm at the point in my running where I'd like to be able to keep an eye on my distance, time, AND pace all at once and the (more) basic Garmin I have only shows two things at once. But I do love it!

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  3. Right there with you on the birthday next month, and the heavy hint dropping about a Garmin!! Hope you get to unwrap one!!

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  4. I love the Nike Structure shoe. Been in that particular brand for years now and really like them. I just bought a watch at the expo for my half marathon last weekend. I am just starting to use it so I can't give a review quite yet, but it seems to be good so far. It is a Timex Ironman watch that tracks distance, pace, and calories.

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  5. I have been running in Nikes for a couple years but I'm thinking about switching too. For a while they were the perfect shoe for me, but my last several runs haven't felt so great and I'm wondering if there might be something else out there that would be better. There's a new pair of Brooks I am seriously eyeing. And YES girl get yourself a Garmin! I have the new Forerunner 220. I love to geek out over all the data it provides!

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  6. I have so many different running shoes... LOL my favorites are Nikes and Brooks... I switch between the 2 so neither of them don't rack up the miles too much. I have a Garmin Forerunner 10, simple easy and not too much of a price tag either. I have a Nike + Sportband too so I wear both and they do great when I run.

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  7. You're an April baby too?! How did I not know this? What day?

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  8. So I'm going to be stalking your comments because I have been researching new running shoes myself. I started having major pain in my ankles and shins after runs so I need to go to a running store to see which ones I really need. Isn't workout gear addicting?!

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  9. I love Sauconys but it really just depends on your feet! It's best to get fitted at a running store!! :) I got a Garmin Forerunner 110 watch for my bday last year (it has the HR monitor strap with it) and I love it! I used to track mileage on my smartphone, but I find this way easier and the Garmin software is pretty cool too!

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  10. I wear New Balance and buy them at my local running store. I'm not picky about brand, I just wear what feels good. Definitely have someone check out your gait.

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  11. I just started using the Garmin Forerunner 110 a few months ago, and I love it! I know the 10 is less expensive, but the 110 includes a heart rate monitor which is a must for me.

    I was fitted for a pair of Saucony Hurricane 15's at a running store, which have worked pretty well for me. Just this month, I bought another pair via ebay to save a couple bucks (or $30!). They were brand new and in the box still, so seems like a good deal. But I'm thinking of getting fitted again once this new pair wear out. I like to keep things new and exciting!

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  12. I suggest going to a running specialty store and have them fit you for running shoes. They're definitely the most important gear you could purchase, and everyone's feet are different. What works for all your running buddies might not work for you. And as far as the watch goes... I have a hard time justifying paying $200 for a watch that my $2 Nike Running App can do 90% of but a couple extras!

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  13. Keith started me on Saucony and I love them! I usually ask for a pair every christmas, this past one I forgot and now I'm starting to see I need new ones! Hopefully they'll hold out til this coming christmas.

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  14. I'm a Nike girl through and through! But a few months ago I noticed some pain in my feet after runs, as well as after normal workouts. (They were Free Runs, so kind of "minimalist" type shoes...idk if that made a difference.) I tried out some Asics and they are AWESOME! I will be getting another pair after I wear these out!

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  15. I don't have a Garmin bc John does. We mainly run together so I don't one. If I run without him I use my phone or time manually with my stop watch. It works for me.

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  16. I have my eyes on some Brooks as well. I'm hoping to pick up a pair this weekend at my running store!

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  17. Get your shoes before you get an injury!! I hurt my knee during a 10k and now I have to be fitted at a running store each time, super expensive shoes, and I have to trade them out when I hit the mileage they suggest or else the pain comes back from my injury :( What a pain (no pun intended)!
    I love Nike running socks! My favorite kind has a band that wraps under my arch for added support!

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  18. I need one of those "legit runners" watches too! About the shoes, I'm all about Nike! They just seem to work the best for my feet!

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  19. I just can't get into running, but picking up new workout gear is always a great motivator :) I need to check out those Under Armour tanks!

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  20. For running shoes I'd definitely suggest going to a specialist shop and getting properly fitted, it makes such a difference. I too need to go on the hunt for a Garmin watch too, maybe when I win the lottery!

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  21. While I'm not running.. I've started clean eating and walking (2 miles at a time for a start). I'm wearing my Sketchers Shape Ups and I can TOTALLY feel it in my legs and right below my butt. I've been wearing Rob's socks and once I really get into a schedule.. I'm totally going to invest in some good "gear" to help with my "journey" :)

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  22. I'm dying to try a pair of Brooks out!! Can't wait to run by your side at the half!!!! :)

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  23. I have brooks and LOVE them, though I knee to get a new pair soon. Definitely go to a running store to get fitted!!

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  24. I have a pair of Sauconys that I wear to work everyday and I LOVE them :) I'm not a "runner" but for my walking I have a pair of Asics. I have heard rave reviews about Brooks from my running friends though!

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  25. I run in Skora running shoes and HEART them. They fit almost like a glove and feel so comfortable and a lot of us who run in them go sockless so that might solve your 'socks always falling down' dilemma LOL. And yes, people have done marathons in them sockless as well! The farthest I've gone is 10K, but that's only because that's the farthest I've EVER gone! LOL

    I have to have my running watch when I go because I'm a bit of a data freak! I couldn't make the leap on Garmin's hefty price tags, but a nice alternative I'm using is the Nike SportWatch. A little nicer on the wallet and I feel like it does all the same things that the Garmin can do. It also comes with a footpod, so that way you can start running right away instead of standing around waiting for your GPS satellite to connect!

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  26. I've been wearing my Brooks Pureflow for about a year now, they have about 100 miles on them and still in great shape! I would definitely recommend them. See if you can find a local running store and have them fit you, you can always go home and research better prices on line once you know what you are looking for.

    My hubs bought me the Garmin Forerunner 110 for my birthday and I am totally in love with it. For running it tracks time, distance, heart rate and pace. I can also use it indoors, so I use it at the gym to track how many calories I'm burning. My favorite feature is that it plugs into your computer so you can see all your stats, and there you can also see your routes on a map as well as altitude. It tracks your runs so it will tell you if you PRd, and your best times for different distances. You can also post your runs to social media through there as well. It was kinda pricey, but since it was my bday gift I feel like it was justified, and TOTALLY worth the money.

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  27. Saucony are the best I've had so far, but I haven't tried Brooks though.
    I've been using RunKeeper on my phone but I'm thinking maybe I should soon upgrade to a big girl watch! Would love to find out more about the one you mentioned!!

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  28. I love my Garmin. Jordan found it on Amazon for like $120, so I'd check there. But it's soooo worth it. I love knowing my pace and time and all that. As far as shoes, I love my Brooks. I recently switched to Asics with my last pair, but I prefer the Brooks. Also, I love my Nike socks! Thanks for linking up :)

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  29. I need new running shoes too. I've been wearing my Nikes forever too. I'm considering going to a running store and having them size me and tell me which shoes are best for me. I've been having some issues with my knees - must be because I turned 30 last week ;) Hopefully you find a good pair!

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  30. Good list! I used to have the UA victory tank but it made my mid-section look big. I'm not sure why but it just didn't fit me like I wanted it to, which is sad, because I like those tanks!

    They say if you run regularly you should get new shoes every 6 months. I bought my last pair of running shoes about .... 2 years ago. I've actually been running in the NB minimalist shoes. It's a lot more muscle work but I think I'm liking it. My favorite running shoes of all time are the Brooks Ravenna. The fit perfectly.

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  31. Good socks are the hardest to find!!! Mine either slip down or make my feet too hot (I live in Florida). Will have to try out those Nike ones though - they could be a winner!

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