People tend to make fun of me because I’m a little backwards when it comes to my running technology. My headphones aren’t wireless, I don’t use an armband for my iPhone, and I rarely take advantage of any tracking devices. Oh, and I literally run with my wallet in my left hand in case I opt to have a beer or four after my run (clearly, my priorities are in order). So, it’s not hard to imagine I look like a running noob when I’m hitting the pavement, and lately I’ve been coming around to the idea of upping my running game. I’ve been thinking about running a half marathon in November, and I’m thinking my training might benefit from some running gadgets. That way, I can be part of the cool kids running club.
But where to start? Don’t worry, I’ve done all the research for you (and me). So with that, here are 10 running gadgets to get you moving. Because it’s not about the destination, but the journey.
1) Milestone Pod:
I’m pretty stubborn when it comes to my running shoes. Case and point: I have been wearing the same Asics since 2011 when you’re supposed to buy a new pair at least once a year. These shoes have been through college, a semester in Ireland, the Broad Street 10-miler, and probably hundreds of miles but I love them so much I can’t handle the idea of replacing them. Plus, I think it’s kinda cool that they have my blood stains in them. I’m SO gross – I know. However, if I was someone who abided by the rules of running, the Milestone Pod would be my best friend. It’s a tracker that you clip to your running shoes and it lets you know when you’ve passed the suggested mileage for replacing your running shoes.
2) [easyazon-link asin=”B00JWV1LP6″ locale=”us”]Swage Sport Headphones[/easyazon-link]:
Remember how I told you I use wired headphones? This is what I should be using. No longer would I end up tangled and frustrated with wires hitting my face as I’m on that RUNNING GRIND. Plus, they’re a bargain at only $49.99. AND, they have controls on the headphones so you can keep your phone in an armband and still have control over your music. I need the control!
3) [easyazon-link asin=”B000O3Q6FG” locale=”us”]Sportline Hydration Water Bottle[/easyazon-link]:
Remember how I said I was stubborn about my running shoes? The same goes for my water intake AKA I’m horrible at it. Everyday, someone else is telling me the benefits of staying hydrated and I still don’t listen. But if I had a water bottle that incentivized my water intake, maybe things would be different. I swear I’ll change, doc!
4) [easyazon-link asin=”B00K74ZSM4″ locale=”us”]Wellograph Wellness Watch[/easyazon-link]:
If you really want to detail your workouts, this is the watch to do it. And you only have to charge it once per week.
5) Misfit Flash:
For those that want a comprehensive tracker for a bargain, the Misfit Flash is only $50 and it’s actually fashionable. Just look at all those colors! It’s only available for pre-order now, but trust me you’ll want to add this to your list. It syncs with an app and tracks fitness and sleep. For those looking for an easy-to-use fitness tracker, look no further.
6) [easyazon-link asin=”B00KRKGJ5I” locale=”us”]Vizlet Reflectors[/easyazon-link]:
Fall has officially arrived and while that brings with it cooler temperatures to run it (thank goodness), it also means it gets darker earlier. And if you’re like me, there’s no way I can run before work on the regular. Thus, nighttime running is definitely in the forecast. These reflectors will ensure those nighttime runs are safer.
Perhaps you already have a Fitbit but it’s not exactly your style. Not to worry, I completely understand. As someone who tends to move her workouts from the street to the bar, I prefer my fitness trackers look less like devices and more like accessories. Enter Tory Burch!
8) [easyazon-link asin=”B00FY2X5A6″ locale=”us”]iriverON Heart Rate Monitoring Bluetooth Headset[/easyazon-link]:
These workout headphones are a little more hightech. They can actually track heart rate, calories burned, distance, and all that jazz. That way, you can have a “smarter” workout.
9) [easyazon-link asin=”B00FKYV7U8″ locale=”us”]incase Sports Armband Deluxe[/easyazon-link]:
Like I said, I do not own an armband, which means I’m the idiot running with her phone in her hand. I’d like to think I’d be a speed demon if I had one of those sporty armbands in my arsenal. At least that’s what I’ll keep telling myself until I make the armband conversion.
Maybe trackers aren’t your thing, but what about apparel that can track that intensity of your workout? Enter Athos. And it’s sleek too!