During this training cycle, there are certain items in my running collection that are getting plenty of use. Some are new items and some are old standbys that still are important for all my runs. What a coincidence that the accessories that I am highlighting today are all made by the company Nathan. Each and every one of these items was purchased by me at my local running store except the hydration bottle which I bought on Amazon. It was delivered to my Mom's house so I had it for my training run several weeks ago on the Boston Marathon course. Does anyone else love Amazon prime? When I can't get to the store, I know ordering online will get that item to me in just a couple days and it saves time being able to order almost anything online!
1.Safety Vest: I am a broken record talking about safety while running, but honestly winter seems the most dangerous time for outdoor runs because of the lack of sunshine and the shorter days. Wearing a vest takes no effort and is a very inexpensive purchase. You can get one here. I normally would go to my local running store before visiting Amazon because I want them to stay in business and the prices are usually the same!
2. Nylon mesh belt I have owned this belt for a couple years. It was purchased strictly to hold my phone and a couple gels. In my old neighborhood, I did not need to carry water since there were places to get it on my route. Now, I carry water and the pouch can hold quite a bit. However, on runs over 12 miles, I need more fuel and this belt does the trick!
3. Nathan Strobe Light This light while small in size, does a fabulous job of letting traffic and other runners know you are coming. It has several settings including a flashing light that is very effective at making you obvious to any moving objects! And best of all they retail for around $10-$12. Buy one now!
4. Nathan Quick draw plus hydration bottle Funny story about this bottle. I bought it to use very occasionally when visiting my mom in the Boston area. I always run a couple times during my visit and a bottle was necessary. Who would have thought I would love it so much that it came home in my suitcase. The best feature of this bottle is the thumb hole. While I love thumb holes in my running shirts, I never imagined how great one could be on the strap of your hand held bottle. You do not have to grip the bottle which makes it easy to carry during a run. Best of all, it holds 22 ounces of water or whatever drink you use while running. It also has an adjustable strap on the side. If you are in the market for a new bottle, try this one. You can see in the photo that the little pocket can hole alot of fuel!
Last of all, I would be remiss if I did not include my trusted running shoes. Brooks Ravenna 4's have made my feet happy for the last 12 months. In advance of this training cycle, I found three pair and just started wearing them. The blue pair are already earmarked for marathon Monday, April 20th and will probably just have 50 miles on them when I start the Boston Marathon!
Do you have any go to accessories to recommend?