The ‘Why I Run Wednesday’ posts are a weekly feature exploring a past, present, or future reason why I run.
One of the perks of running is how little you need to participate. A relatively able body at the core and that is technically all that is required. Some space to run would be nice too, but even that is not mandatory when you could simply run in place. But what fun is that?! So let’s go with a relatively able body, a shirt, shorts or pants, and a pair of sneakers. Let’s say you’ve moved on from running in place (were you really running in place?), the best gear investment is a pair of running shoes, from a real live running specialty store. After that? Well, the devices, apparel, supplements–they just make the run more enjoyable and potentially increase what you can get out of the sport.
I’ve got the shoes–a LOT of them (the perks of supplemental employment at a local run shop) and over the past couple years have learned a LOT about what my feet like or are just not that into footwear-wise.
I’ve got the apparel–two dresser drawers dedicated to summer/spring apparel and winter/fall apparel. Then there are the socks, the box in the kitchen just for nutritional items (gels, electrolyte tabs, nut butters, etc.), the drawer in the coat closet that is home to hydration packs, body glide, lights, gloves, hats, etc. and you realize, wow, I really do accessorize… For the run.
Last night I renewed my appreciation for one of my favorite running extras–a lime green Brooks Nightlife Essential Jacket II (recreated as the Brooks Drift Shell) that fits just right and provides just the right amount of warmth over a long sleeve (of technical fabric of course) shirt. One of the very best investment in running purchases I’ve made.
Another ‘little’ running extra I truly appreciate is The GPS Watch. First marathon? A simple $10 sports watch did the trick, but a couple years later it was both convenient and motivating to easily track distance and pace on the run with an entry-level GPS watch, the Garmin Forerunner 10 (Garmin has since replaced this model with the Forerunner 15). That little Forerunner has recently been re-homed with my sister, and my wrist now carries the bells and whistles of the Garmin Forerunner 230, a proud purchase in anticipation of running more and more miles in one go. Specifically, the Forerunner 230 has a much longer battery life than the 10 AND can be charged while on the run.
So why do I run? Because running is so simple and yet a training ground for an endless assortment of gear.