Spring Favorites!

I’ve seen some of these in the blog-o-sphere lately, and I love giving people recommendations — whether they want them or not — so I thought I’d add my spring favorite list to the fray now that spring is officially upon us!

Running Gear/Apparel

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Saucony Bullet Capris (List: $65)
These are the perfect capris for the kind of in-between weather we see during spring, and they’re my favorite training bottoms. The rear zip pocket is stretchy and can hold a gel or two, but the real bonus are the pockets on the side of the thighs which are super roomy (can fit my iPhone 6, if I wanted to run with it) and are great for holding gels and/or trash. They’re not too thick or too thin, so they’re a perfect choice for those days when you start a run at a temperature fifteen or twenty degrees colder than you finish it!

 

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Nike Women’s Dri-Fit Digital Dot Running Shirt (List: $40)
I spotted this shirt on Running Warehouse and was dissuaded by a friend from buying it… only to have this same friend surprise me with it for my birthday last week! I wore it out for a run, and I am certain it will become my go-to shirt for my midweek long runs since I’m starting in the dark again (for just a few more weeks, hopefully). The print on the shirt is made of a reflexive accent material, so without wearing a reflective vest, I’m still high-viz to the cars whizzing past me on their way to work. The shirt is comfy and stylish and is now part of my running safety apparel… double win!

 

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Nathan QuickShot Plus Flask (List: $20)
This has been my go-to spring time water bottle. Unless it’s much above 50 degrees, I don’t need a full 18 oz of water on the run, so I’ve been taking this little guy with me. 10 oz gets me through a 16-18 mile run just fine on a cool day, and the pocket holds my ID, apartment key and one gel or a baggie of dried pineapple (my between-gel snack for long hauls). I also have a larger 18 oz version that I take with me on warmer days or 20+ mile runs that holds 2 gels comfortably.

 

Fuel/Nutrition

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Honey Stinger Acai Pomegranate Gels
I LOVE THESE GELS SO MUCH. They’re delicious and sit well in my stomach, which every runner knows is of utmost importance. The first time I had one on the run, I almost died of happiness. Plus, they don’t make my hands all sticky when I open them. I just wish I could find them locally and didn’t have to buy them in bulk!

 

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Honey Stinger Chocolate Waffle
I was skeptical about the chocolate flavor, but after trying one from my local running store, I bought a whole box on sale at Running Warehouse. They’re my go to option before my midweek long run when I need something quick and quiet (gotta respect the roommates’ sleep!) at 5:45 in the morning!

 

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Nuun – Lemon + Lime and Strawberry Lemonade
I always tried the Tri-berry Nuun and didn’t care for it (but oh how I wish I did!), so I thought Nuun just wasn’t for me. Nope! All I needed was sample tabs of different flavors, and I fell in love. I’ve been drinking Nuun in my water on high mileage days and while on my long runs. It’s tasty, it’s fun to watch the tabs dissolve, and the sodium content is great for replenishing on the go.

 

Podcasts:

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Another Mother Runner
Now I know I’m not the target demographic of this podcast, as a totally-single, definitely-not-a-mother, barely-an-adult young woman, but I am a runner, and these ladies know their stuff. I listen to their weekly ‘cast and have been binging through their back catalog as far back as 2012. Sarah and Dimity get me through my walks home from campus with a smile on my face, though I must admit I don’t listen on the run because I just can’t listen to a running podcast while running… run overload!

 

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Dear Hank and John
This is my go-to podcast for long runs. I like to listen to conversational podcasts while I run, and I’m a long-time Vlogbrothers fan, so this Vlogbrothers podcast is a perfect running podcast for me. It’s a perfect distraction on those long, arduous middle miles. It’s a perfect blend of learning new stuff and entertaining dubious advice.

 

What podcasts do you all listen to on the commute, on the run, whenever? I’m always looking to add to my list!

What gear are you excited about this spring?

 

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4 thoughts on “Spring Favorites!

  1. I’m definitely interested in trying that nuun. I’m with you, conversational podcast, NPR, talk radio, all my faves for long runs…or really anytime. Check out Moth podcast, radio lab, or my favorite fitness guy Ben Greenfield.

    …oh and your Dad looks like a cool guy 👍😁

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