Running Accessories

If you are like me you love running accessories. Whether you are a walker or a runner the number and variety of exercise accessories including running clothing, gear and gadgets is almost never ending. As a runner I believe that the three most important accessories in order of importance are your running shoes, comfortable and breathable weather related clothing and of course either a pedometer or pedometer watch. If you are a walker the essentials would be the same. Beyond these necessities though there are any number of accessories, some of which can be vitally important to have, and others which you could probably do without but are either fun or stylish or both. 

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Running Shoes

If you are new to running or walking for exercise and fitness your feet are the most important part of the equation. As I am sure you are aware there are several  extremely well known and respected brands on the market. Brands such as Nike, New Balance, Adidas, Asics,  Brooks, Reebok, Mizuno, Puma and Saucony. In the beginning it can be quite difficult to decide which brand and model of shoe is best for you.

There are several factors which you have to consider when choosing a shoe. Things such as your weight, foot width, whether or not you pronate or supinate, whether you are going to be running or walking ( hiking) are just a few considerations. Buying the wrong shoe can cause all kinds of foot, knee and leg problems. Sometimes these can be severe enough to sideline you from walking and running for some time.  

My recommendation for choosing a running or walking shoe is to go to a reputable sports store. Try to find one that specializes in shoes and where the staff are familiar with the brands and models they sell and where they will spend time asking you questions and advising you on the shoes you should buy. Once you have decided on a make and model of shoes and you have used them and like them stay with them. Sometimes the model you like will be discontinued, your shoe store should be able to advise you on a replacement. 

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Running Socks

When it comes to running or walking, the socks you wear can be almost as important as finding a good pair of shoes. Believe it or not there are many different types of socks for athletes and these have been developed and improved upon over the years. The right pair of socks will go a long way towards giving your feet cushioning and comfort. They can also help you to avoid or minimize a number of different foot related problems, such as blisters and calluses. There are also socks which will help to protect your feet whether you run in cold weather or hot. Because running and walking conditions change there are several different makes and types of sock which have been developed to work best in certain conditions. Like good pedometer watches,  a good pair of socks is an investment worth making if you are serious about running or walking.

Socks from Defeet cloud 9If you are looking for a winter running sock the DeFeet Cloud 9 is a great choice. This brand is a blend of Cordura nylon and CoolMax. The yarn blend provides the moisture wicking attributes of CoolMax along with durability and comfort. The fabric is incredibly soft and the sock has a seamless toe. This sock has been designed to resist abrasion. Click to learn more…

 

 

 

thorlo sock and pedometer watchIf you go into almost any running store you will find Thorlo running socks. These are actually my favourite socks. I have been using them for years. They are a great all round sock and they do give you quite a bit of cushioning in the forefoot, under the arch and the heel. Thorlo socks are also good socks if you are prone to getting blisters. Click here to learn more…

 

Safety Accessories for Walking and Running

As you can imagine there are numerous running accessories. One of the most important aspects of running is your personal safety. A few years ago I was hit by a car while I was out for an early morning run. It was about 6 am in February and still dark. I was hit crossing a road, the driver did not see me because the reflector tape on my jacket was in the front and back and not on the sides. Luckily I was not badly injured as the car was not going fast and I was able to get onto the hood before I sustained too much damage. I was definately shaken up though.

As well as making sure that you are visible to motorists, there are other running safety accessories that you might want to consider. Our streets are becoming more dangerous and i always think it a good idea to have some sort of personal alarm with you. The other danger which I face on occaision are dogs. While I have only been bitten once, I have certainly had a few close calls. It is a good idea  to carry some sort of dog deterrent with you.

I find that this is a really good idea if you want to change your route and are unfamiliar with the area through which you are running. This is also true if you are travelling or on vaction and are running or walking in a strange place. Below are a few of my suggestions for accessories which will hopefully assist you in being safe while you exercise outside.

Ronhill high visibility running jacket

Ronhill Vizion Hi-Viz Running Jacket. Breathable with superior wind resistance. Many features including 360 degree aero mesh panels which are reflective. Click to learn more…

reflective running vest

The Nighlife Reflective vest from Brooks. Polyester mesh, light weight, retroreflective material provides high visibility. Click to learn more…

super reflective bands

1 Pair Super Reflective Pop Bands from Verdante. Great for arms or legs, 360 visibility. Wear for walking, jogging be safe. Click to learn more…


LED safety strobe light for running

LED safety strobe from Nathan clip on. 1200 feet of visibility, slow flash or rapid or stay on. Replaceable battery. Click to learn more…

pepper spray for runners

 Pepper Spray from inferno. This product comes in different size containers. Use against dogs or an attacker. Lengthy product description. Click to learn more…

ultrasonic dog repeller

Dog Repeller by Pet Parade. One of several ultrasonic dog deterrents. This product emits a piercing tone that can not be heard by humans, but discourages dog. Click to learn more…

Hydration Fuel Belts

One important piece of equipment to have whether you are a walker or a runner is a hydration fuel belt. Having water or an electrolyte replacement with you is especially essential when the weather is hot and if you are exercising for a long period of time. Often I will see runners jogging along clutching a plastic water bottle. You don't need to do that and it makes running or walking awkward. Depending on your needs you can find fuel belts which will hold from one to six bottles. The FuelBelt Helium is one of the best on the market. They are available with a variety of different size belts in different colors. Make sure you choose the correct size belt.


fuelbelt two bottle hydration belt

4.5/5 Stars. FuelBelt helium two bottle hydration belt. Comfortable, breathable with dishwasher safe spill proof bottles. Click to learn more…

 

blue fulebelt with four bottles

 

4/5 Stars. 4 Bottle Fuelbelt Helium in blue. Incorporates all of the Helium quality making them the top hydration belts. Click to learn more…

 

FuelBelt hydration belt with six bottles

 

4/5 Stars. The FuelBelt six bottle belt. Consider this one for your long runs on hot days. The bottles hold 8 ounces each. Click to learn more…

                            

Anti-chafing Sticks

I find that in the summer I am prone to chafing. This is particularly true after a really long run. There are a number of anti-chafing products available. I have featured a couple of my favourite ones below.

Anti-chafing balm by bodyglide

4.5/5 Stars. Anti-chafing stick from BodyGlide. This skin lubricant gives you temporary protection from chafing and helps relieve blisters. Click to learn more...

Anti-chafing barrier from blue steel

5/5 Stars. Anti-Chafing Cream by Blue Steel. Non greasy and long lasting contains Australian Tea Tree oil. Skin protection against blisters and chafing. Click to learn more…