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