Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tales From the Back of the Pack

Monday, January 25, 2016

Less Is More

My car has been at the repair shop since Thursday. I've been having to drive the monstrous family SUV all around town instead. 
Hello from the other side
I'm glad to have this vehicle available as a backup, but the amount of gas it guzzles, besides being hard on my wallet, makes me feel like a terrible world citizen. It's a super handy vehicle to have for our family excursions and RAGNAR races-and it's paid for-so we keep it around. 

Speaking of Ragnar, it's been a minute since I've done one. I started doing Ragnars very early on in my running life. In 2010 Arizona Cousin had gotten herself roped into joining a team and remembered that I was doing a bunch of 5K's. A few weeks later we both found ourselves in the Wasatch mountains, thinking WTF is all THIS? Good times, good times.
2am run, anyone? Yes, please.
It's a lot of commitment financially, time-wise and there's a lot of STUFF you have to have. Ragnar is the reason that I purchased a reflective vest, a head light, butt light, and who knows what else. All this stuff that's necessary for those Ragnar unsupported legs. And at Ragnar you see hordes of other runners with a plethora of awesome running stuff that you just can't live without. 

Reflecting back on the years I've been running, I realize I've bought a cr*p ton of running stuff that I seldom use and probably shouldn't keep around. Any more though, for me, less is more. 

That being said, there are a few things I have purchased that I feel I are must haves for me. Here's my list (in order of importance) of shtuff I can't run without

1. Jaybirds Bluebuds X I can't run very far without listening to my podcasts and music. But MORE importantly, I love being able to shed layers as I'm running without fussing with headphone wires.
As an admitted So Cal weather wimp, this is a game changer. I don't stand at race starts shivering until the gun goes off. I wear my nice (no throwaway stuff) jacket or long sleeve shirt and then shed as necessary without pausing. I love these wireless headphones.

2. Really Good Sports Bra. Another game changer. I never considered myself large breasted until I started running and using the cheapo bras I found at Target. Ummm no. My sports bras are more expensive than my regular bras, and I own more sports bras than I do regular bras. I tend to rotate in the latest & greatest, but currently I'm wearing these:
 Moving comfort sports bra
The $8 Champion stuff from Target just will.not.do. 

3. The Amphipod Handheld Even though I hated the way this thing leaked, I loved the ergonomic design so much that I didn't switch to another brand. Now that I've replaced the leaky cap, I'm GOLDEN.
4. I love Nuun tablets. I love the mild effervescence and the subtle flavor. All the 'Ades (gatorade, powerade, etc) are cloyingly sweet for me & make me gag every time I drink them. Every time.
5. Injinji socks. Of course I wear them when I run, but I also wear these with all my nice tennis shoes and boots/booties that I wear when I'm not running. I don't like it when my toes are all squished together inside regular socks. Don't know how I ever lived without these. 
That's it! That's all the stuff I can't run without. I think it's a pretty small & reasonable list! Less is more, for real.

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What running gear is on your MUST-HAVE list?

14 comments:

  1. Agree with you about the sports bras. Paying extra is so worth it ! I have recently bought 2 Odlo bras (high tech Norwegian brand I believe) and LOVE them.

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    1. I haven't heard of Odlo but I'm totally going to check them out. Bras are a never-ending need.

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  2. I have some injinji socks because I thought they would help prevent blisters but so far I haven't seen a difference. I still like them though!

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  3. I should probably invest in some new sports bras. I've been thinking about investing in wireless headphones.

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  4. I'm lucky in the sports bra department. I have some that are more supportive, but I feel confined so I live my Tek Gear ones from Kohl's that are the equivalent of the C9.

    But totally yes on the amphipod and nuun. I just ordered 16 tubes of nuun from their flash sale this week!

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    1. The bras are very confining! I once had a stranger (woman) come up to me in the gym's locker room to help me get mine on. It was the strangest encounter ever.

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  5. Wireless Jaybird headphones are the best! I have the Freedom Sprint.

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    1. I haven't heard of those! I don't dare check them out though or I'm sure i'll end up buying them.

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  6. Hahaha so true about the Champion sports bras at Target. I have a few I bought when I was just starting to run. Now they only get worn when I'm *running* errands! ;) #badjoke

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  7. My Amphipod leaks too! I have never heard of Jaybirds but will definitely check that out.

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    1. Do you have the new cap or the old style cap? The new one did the trick for me!

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