Coco Chanel once said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” Coco Chanel was obviously not a runner. There are certain times, especially on my long runs, that I may be easily confused with a pack mule. Between my hydration, fuel, GPS tracking devices (I use two because I am neurotic), IPod™, hat, sunglasses and any other odds and ends I forgot to mention, it’s a wonder how I’m able to carry it all! While I would love to abide by Coco’s inspiring words, in the world of running, removing one item is just not possible.
This brings us to the wonderful world of running accessories, or as I like to refer to them: little treasures that make running several miles possible, practical and yes, even enjoyable.
As I mentioned, there are several small items that make a large difference when hitting the road for a few hours. Read on to see my head-to-toe list of favorite running accessories!
Starting from the top, it is an absolute must to have sun protection, especially in the overwhelmingly sunny city of Las Vegas. A moisture-wicking, lightweight hat not only protects your head and face from the sun, but it also keeps your noggin cool. And take it from someone who used to run in an old Minnesota Twins hat: baseball caps do not make good running hats, as evidenced by the still-constant stench of sweat and salt, even after 17 washes!
For a great running hat, you may want to check out Arc’Teryx Accelero Cap or, if you prefer a visor, The North Face Better than Naked Visor is a good option. Even with a hat, the reflection of the sun off of the black asphalt is pretty bright, which is why I like to go the extra mile (pun intended) and throw on a pair of sunglasses. Tifosi Optics Just are super lightweight, polarized and perfect for protecting your eyes from glare.
For runs that you take either before or after the sun has gone down, the Under Armour Perfect Headband is the ideal antidote for disobedient hair that constantly finds its way into your eyes, nose, and/or mouth while running.
While I deeply enjoy disconnecting from the outside world when I’m running, I do take my phone with me as a safety precaution. It is also nice to have in the small chance that I am surprised by an adorable herd of meerkats and need to snap a quick photo. Lucky for me, the Nike Distance Arm Band makes for a great place to store my phone. It’s moisture wicking and so comfortable, I often forget I have it on J
Finally, and most importantly, for long runs (typically considered six miles and over) a hydration belt/pack/vest is a must. My personal preference is the Ultimate Direction Access 10 as it is lightweight and contained to just one bottle. While there are several individuals who prefer to have multiple bottles for different liquids, like the Nathan Trail Mix 4, I like to eliminate the chance of taking a sip of what I think is water only to have it be cherry-flavored vodka and ralph all over (I’m not quite sure how that could happen, but I don’t want to take that chance!).
For even longer trail runs or runs where you may not be around civilization for a while, the Solomon S-Lab Sense Ultra Set and CamelBak Ultra 4 are great companions that can store up to 70oz of water!
Now that you have a fully accessorized running outfit, go out there and make Coco roll around in her grave…maybe even throw on one extra running accessory before you leave the house!
Until next time, happy trails, roads and any other unchartered terrain!