Friday, December 2, 2016

5 Things I Would Buy All Over Again

In the spirit of gift idea lists and the insane shopping spree I went on last weekend (and because it's the theme this week), I'm bringing you the 5 things I would buy all over again.  After more than 10 years running, I've tried a TON of things, but if I'm going to limit myself for the purposes of this post, there are certainly a few tried and true standouts, the things you look back on and say "that was worth every single penny."  So here we go!
1. No question, an investment in a good pair of running shoes fitted properly based on how I ran.  Now, these shoes have changed over the years, but every runner needs them whether they are just beginning or grizzled veterans.  Some day soon I'm going to write a full review of my On experience because there is a reason I call them my "magic" shoes.  I bought them at a runDisney expo, wore them straight out of the box into a back-to-back 10k and half marathon, and haven't looked back.
2.  I generally carry a lot of stuff when I run.  What can I say, I like to be prepared.  The problem is, when you want to carry stuff when you run, you have to have a WAY to carry that stuff.  And when you run, things tend to bounce.  When you stuff bounces, it's really annoying and distracting.  I've tried a few systems, but my favorite is my Flip Belt.  It's secure (you choose your size), doesn't move, and holds all kinds of things that you can stuff all the way around the belt, not just one compartment.  I did buy one and I actually bought a second one in a different color!
3.  Over the years I've struggled with fueling and hydration, including how to carry it.  My closet is practically a graveyard for discarded hydration systems.  The one I keep returning to though is my Camelbak handheld.  It's a great size (can usually get me up to 10 miles unless it's crazy hot), has a nice loop for your hand to prevent fatigue carrying it (adjustable), and locks/unlocks really easily.  Plus, in case you carry too much stuff (guilty as charged) it has an additional pocket.  I've had my first one for about five years and this year got a second one.  Again, so good, I bought it all over again!
4.  I don't really have the ability to just walk out my front door and run.  To really get anywhere I WANT to run, I have to drive a few minutes.  That means putting my sweaty self back in my car post run though.  A couple of Christmases ago, my mom bought me this amazing wrap from Orange Mud.  It has this easy to use clip system you can wrap around your waist or shoulders to change outside with some modesty.  However, I use it for the zipper hood it creates, allowing you to put it over your car seat and protect said seat after a sweaty run.  This thing is genius, so much better than a beach towel.  Once again, I've bought a second one because I love it so much.

5. My last item isn't really just one thing.  My first real race, the Disney Princess Half Marathon in 2009, I was convinced would be my last real race.  I didn't have much money at the time, but splurged on a zip up and a tee shirt.  I've kept these and my race shirt throughout the years (44 half marathons later) and have bought way more items from expos and races.  And you know what? Despite any "in the moment" anguish, I've never regretted purchasing any of these items.  They are wonderful reminders of the effort I've put in, what I've accomplished, a great time.  I would buy those items all over again and will continue to buy more as I race my way through life!
I'm linking up with the ladies at Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for the Friday Five 2.0!

Have you tried any of these items?
What's the best race merchandise you decided to buy?

8 comments:

  1. Great read!!! Sometimes the best purchases in life are worth every penny.

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    1. Thanks! You're right. I tend to obsess over purchases and weigh all my options, but that doesn't always mean I get it right every time :)

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  2. I have not tried the Flip Belt...is it similar to a HipsSister? It looks like a very similar design. I have a small waist (in proportion to my hips) and every belt I've ever tried has worked its way up to my natural waist (I wish they would stay put on my hips!). I think it's more ME than the BELTS being faulty (as Dr. Phil would say, "What's the common denominator?").

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    1. Haha I'm sure it's not your fault! I've never heard of the HipSister, but just looked it up and it seems like a similar concept. The Flip Belt looks a little narrower. Mine seems to stay in place. Maybe you need a smaller size?

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  3. I also bought a shirt and jacket (which I thought was over priced) at my first Princess half marathon too but I never regretted it as I love it for what it represents.

    My sister and I both have flip belts and often wonder if they are meant to be worn down by the hips or higher at the waist. Where do you wear yours? Also, we may have just got the wrong size..lol

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    1. Oh yeah, all of the merchandise at the runDisney expos are totally overpriced, but it's not about practicality :)
      I wear my Flipbelt on my hips. You definitely want a size that fits snug, but I've noticed there are a few bottoms I have that make my Flipbelts slip a little bit ... until I sweat enough that it all seems to lock in place!

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  4. Lindsay, You are so right about how memorable those event shirts can be. I love my Orange mud( you can buy them at some Fleet Feets but I got mine on line) and am starting to use a flip belt. One other safety thing I might add to your list is a Road ID. I know you have discussed them before but I try not to "leave home without it". You just never know. Mine is a wrist ID ( like the one you featured earlier on your blog) but I know they make them to attach to your shoe as well.

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    1. Great point about the RoadID. My wrist ID was a gift, but I would absolutely buy it again. Can't put too much emphasis on safety. I really love mine and (of course) it's pink :) Sure makes a great stocking stuffer too!

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