Spring is finally here to stay, so that means outdoor exercising is in full swing. Everybody has their own routine with different running accessories they won’t leave the house without, and I am no exception. For me to have a really great workout everything has to be in order. If a hair is constantly in my face then I will quickly turn around and call it a day. iPod goes dead – I’m done.
With all the excuses we can come up with (Face Doctorette was actually included in Spa Week Daily’s post on 58 Excuses for Skipping the Gym) as to why we can’t workout, it is important to have all your ducks in a row and be ready to run out the door at a moments notice. There are four things I consider to be my outdoor running essentials and I suggest checking them out for yourself.
First up is my iPod. I assume that most of you have this gadget already considering it reached 50 million users in just 3 years. To give you an idea as to how fast Americans adopted this new technology, it took radio 38 years to reach 50 million users, television 13 years and the Internet 4 years. I can’t run without my iPod indoors or outdoors, however, some people prefer to run in silence – it’s your call.
Second is my SPIbelt, which stands for Small Personal Items belt. My good friends over at The Running Couple introduced this to me last year and I finally broke down and bought one a couple of months ago. I LOVE it. I also bought my boyfriend one for his birthday and he LOVES it; and when his dad saw it, he went out and bought one and now wears it everywhere! I bought the black belt with the hot pink zipper of course, but I would suggest buying the waterproof belt in order to protect your belongings from sweat on those extra hot days. I wear mine around the middle of my stomach right above my belly button and put the pouch in the back, but you can wear it whatever way feels best to you.
Third are my Maui Jim sunglasses. I wear the HO’OKIPA style in tortoise and they don’t budge at any point during my workout. They have PolarizedPlus2 Technology, which block glare and UV rays from all angles, and rubber nose grips that resist the will of gravity and keep your glasses in place.
Last but not least, bobby pins. I just need 2 for each side of my head and I am good to go. Like I said before, if hair is constantly flopping in my face I can’t focus and will turn around ending my workout early. I like the blonde colored bobby pins from Goody but any pins will do.
So that is it – my outdoor running essentials. If you don’t like anything around your waist but still need a place to keep your keys then check out these super cute (and functional) running shorts from lululemon. I love these shorts and would recommend them to anybody but they are not an essential so I left them out of my list!
What are your running essentials? I always love hearing about new fitness accessories so if you have any suggestions please let me know!