This post was inspired by the “Runners Tell All” linkup (details below). Check out my About Me page if you like, my first post in this series on how I caught the running bug, or read on for my take on this month’s topic…
“Runners Tell All” is a monthly linkup for runners of all ages, skill levels, and experience hosted by Sunshine to the Square Inch and The Lady Okie. Each month will feature a different topic, and you can find all the topics listed here.
Favourite Running Gear/Products
I have quite an obsessive nature, so ‘favourite’ (OK, ‘favorite’ for those on the other side of the pond!) is a word I use a lot. Right now, I would narrow down my favourite things connected with running into three different categories: gear, cheesy, and wildcard. It also helps that I don’t really have any tech gear to wax liberal about – no Garmin, no support socks… most of my running clothes are repurposed Munro-bagging clothes!
I found a turquoise loose running vest in a sale earlier this year. It cost £5. The colour is bright and noticeable to other road users and makes my eyes happy, it presents a great surface for attaching race numbers, and I think it looks pretty awesome over a black high neck winter running top. I recreated my running outfit on Polyvore (click the image above if you want to see the item detail!) so you can see how awesome the orange Garmin Forerunner 10 would look with my ensemble. *salty tears, washing away slowly in the rain*
Yes, this category is the slightly corny one, but I like my motivation with a good layer of cheese! In this category, my favourite running gear is my goodie bag/swag purple rubber wrist band from the Buchlyvie 10k, my first race of 2014! Putting on this wristband reminds me of my achievement and a quick glance down at it (as my lungs and legs announce their imminent demise) can do wonders for my spirits!
I do love a wildcard! This is another motivation-related ‘product’, and a definite obsession at the moment. I’m very inspired by others, whether real or fictional, in all areas of life. For example… I chainwatched the Starz Spartacus series to keep myself motivated when I started lifting weights, with the odd helping of Thor thrown in. Nothing like seeing muscles to want muscles! However, for general fitness and joy in exercise, my current secret weapon is … sports anime! In particular, the amazing Kuroko no Basuke (Kuroko’s Basketball).
The motivation of the main characters to “become the best basketball team in Japan”, to strengthen specific elements of their own fitness and improve their game, while playing as part of a team and reinforcing their friendships is very inspirational, particularly at my current running ‘level’. I love to watch this show in the evenings after a long day of work. Yes, at weekends, sometimes I marathon it! If you want to try it out, I subscribe to Crunchyroll each month in exchange for advert-free viewing, but I believe you can also watch the episodes without a subscription and for free (with adverts).
I’m looking forward to seeing the other linkups for this month – I wonder if anyone else will share my Kuroko love! I suspect that instead I’ll just spend the month in a Garmin Envy haze. 😉