Serious runners have to train daily, and this means lots of time outside with your feet on the street. To get your body where you want it to be takes planning, time, grit, and determination, and having the right gear can make a huge difference in how much you enjoy your daily run. Part of the planning process includes making sure you are prepared for your run, and leaving the house for a 27 mile run with only a phone, headphones and keys won’t cut it. Having the proper gear will help you to make the most out of every mile.
Staying hydrated while running is essential, but carrying a bulky water bottle isn’t convenient, and not all routes are equipped with water stations. There are several hydration products available on the market that are made specifically for runners. Of these, the hydration belts are hailed by marathoners as the most comfortable and convenient. Recommended examples include the FuelBelt and REI’s Single Shot.
Most runners know to spend some time and money on the right shoes, but often forget to consider their socks and arches. Socks that don’t fit right or that are made out of synthetic fibers can chaff inside your shoes and cause blisters and other uncomfortable foot conditions. Moisture wicking socks made especially for runners, such as a the Drymax Dry As-A-Bone, will help protect your foot from slipping inside your shoe while you run.
Negative Ion and Magnet Accessories
Wearing an IonLoop bracelet while running can make a big impact. Those who wear negative ions say it can help to counter the negative effects of UV rays, which may leave you feeling drained. IonLoop bracelets can be worn solo or stacked, and are available in waterproof (and sweatproof) versions. Research has revealed evidence that wearing negative ion bracelets may also help to reduce the risk of injury by increasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients through the body. This can also help to reduce recovery times.
Running is a high impact sport, especially if you run on asphalt or concrete. Over time, this can lead to painful conditions such as falling arches and shin splints. However, there is a simple way to mitigate this damage - arch support. Shoe inserts and insoles come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit a variety of arch support needs. Some recommended ones include:
Since everyone’s foot is unique, the support they need will vary. Talk to an expert at your local runners store to find out which product is best for you.