While I was out on my tempo run this morning I was thinking about a few things that I love for running. The first one is my SPI belt. I got it at the Portland Marathon expo in 2011 and there isn’t a week that I don’t use it when I run. I have the original one but it is water resistant and has the loops to put gels/gus on. I also have the thingys that you can add to attach a race bib. I would be lost without it! It sits in place and holds my iPhone, key, and iPod nano perfectly while running. It never bounces around regardless of what I am wearing.
My next favorite things is my running back pack, the Wink by Ultimate Direction. If I have to go run for more than an hour I prefer to take this because it helps with all the food and water needs. It fits like a dream. Holds everything I need and I have never had any problems with it. I used it on my first 50K trail run and I am using it for all my marathon training. It allows me to have everything I need while running and to carry it comfortably.
My last favorite thing is the book Run Less Run Faster. I have been using this book to train for running races for the last two years. I bought it over three years ago but was intimidated by the workouts; they are hard! Once I got more confident in my running ability I used this book to qualify for Boston by running a 3:34 and set a half marathon PR of 1:41. The book is easyish to follow (some of the workouts can be hard if you don’t own a Garmin or have access to a track). But it works! That is what counts in my opinion. It also works great for triathletes since it requires cross training.