For Week Two of Run Project 52 the challenge was to show me your gear! As the creator of #runproject52, of course I had to take part!
This is my flat runner to show off my GEAR. SWEET Workout also supported Meg’s Miles, and more information on Meg’s Miles be be found here – http://megsmiles.com. I had been waiting for a very special day to wear that shirt. Here are some of my favorite pieces of gear:
- My Lynx Sportswear Curvy Tight pants (http://www.lynxsportswear.com/product-p/70001.htm) – These pants fit amazingly, and provide a great amount of support. Fitted throughout the leg, but not overly so. There is no bunching, and the wide band at the waist doesn’t roll. Best of all, unlike some of my other athletic pants, they don’t split the V (if you know what I mean…)! The stitch quality is really good, and these pants have held up well in the washing machine/dryer. There’s been no shrinking or popped threads.
- My Orange Mud HydraQuiver (http://www.orangemud.com/collections/running-packs/products/hydraquiver?variant=280096188) – This is my new best friend for any run over a few miles. It is lightweight, and provides easy access to water. I’m not a fan of running with things in my hands, so this pack is the perfect solution for me. I have tried other “Bakpacks”, and always found something to complain about. Between the pack being overly heavy, bouncing right in the middle of your spine, and then that valve system that never really comes apart to clean – ummm…pass. The Orange Mud solution is perfect, because I can take the entire bottle apart and sanitize it! I also tried a “fanny pack with retractable straw”. Again, in concept great – application, not so much. As a woman with hips I had to strap it down so tight around my waist to get it from bouncing in my lowers back that I am sure I looked ridiculous. Bets of all Orange Mud is made in the USA! You can see the quality and care that goes into their products! Definitely give Orange Mud a try if you are in the market for a hydration pack, and no I wasn’t paid for this review.
- My Yorkberg compression sleeves (http://yorkberg.com) – These sleeves are amazing, and after 6+ months of continuous use are still as tight as the day I bought them.
- My newest addition which I am very excited about is my FlipBelt (http://tinyurl.com/kqynszz) – This a runner’s dream come true, especially if you’re like me and hate arm bands. I dread pulling out my armband to run in. It’s either too tight, and cuts the circulation off to my hand while I run – or it’s too loose and my phone is bouncing all over the place. There is no “happy medium”, and I am not about to carry it either. After doing some research, I came across FlipBelt, and sought them out to try it. I am putting this belt through some pretty crazy tests – weighted handstands to see if it would slip around, and numerous other activities. It is passing with flying colors every time. I use an iPhone 5 in a charging case, and it fits securely into the pouches, and doesn’t move around or come out (unless I take it out). I wear mine around my hips, and it doesn’t start “walking” it’s way up to my waist either while I am running. Full product review will be coming soon!
- Last but not least, my very own SWEET wristband to keep me motivated, and remind myself why I started SWEET Workout.
I asked those selected what was their one piece of gear they couldn’t live without. What they enjoy most about running? Why did they decide to do the Run Project 52? I’m curious to know, aren’t you?
Ida from Uppsala, Sweden “The gear I value the most this time of the year is definitely my Icebug running shoes. The grip on ice and snow is amazing, so I’m never afraid of slipping. They do make me slower, but it’s totally worth it since I don’t like treadmills. The thing I enjoy most about running is how it clears my head. I usually run in the evening when my kids have gone to sleep and no matter how stressful my day has been I always come back home feeling balanced and happy! Running has also helped me to accept my body in a whole new way. I have always been really skinny and very self conscious about it, but since I started running I don’t think about it nearly as much as before. I decided to take on the run project challenge because of all the amazing inspiration I get from your Instagram account, and from all the other participants!”
Sarah from Denver, Colorado “This picture was taken at the top of Mt. Evans. This is one of our fourteeners and we race up it every year in June after they plow the snow off. The race is 14.5 miles from 10,000 ft elevation to above 14,000 ft. It is a transcendent experience to say the least!!! My favorite gear is my shoes. I am a running shoe junkie. I made the transition over the last year from a shoe with a 10mm heel/toe drop to a zero drop shoe. I am in LOVE with the Brooks Pure Project!! If you get right down to it, all you need to get out on the mountain and run is your shoes!!! The Pure Project shoes has made the last year a year of injury free running!! Running is like meditation for me. When I am out on the trail or on a mountain road I feel such a connection to everything around me. I decided to join the Run Project 52 Challenge because I love being a part of the running community and this is a great way to connect and learn from others!! My parents are runners, and I ran in my first race by the Coors Brewery when I was in Kindergarten. I have enjoyed racing throughout my life, but now that I am a mother of two I have found that running is more of a joy and relaxation experience rather than solely a competitive endeavor!”
Lynsey from Raleigh, NC “The gear I value most… Good question! I know my post stated I can’t run without my music but I think I’ll have to say my running shoes are the gear I value most because without them, running would be nearly impossible for me. I actually have horrible knees so the appropriate shoes are key! I have found New Balance works best for me and all my ailments. What I enjoy most about running is the freedom and solitude it allows. It allows me time to reflect and clear my mind. I am kind of a wimp when it comes to weather so I hit the dreadmill during the winter, but even there surrounded by other gym goers (often within less than arms length away) I can be lost in the music and thoughts. When I get to be outdoors, I enjoy the time in nature and peacefulness it can provide. Running is also a time I can go into prayer and be with the Lord without distraction. I guess you could say running is my form of meditation. I love that running is for me and teaches me more about myself with each run. I ran track in high school which is where i discovered my love for running. I did the mile and relay. I never imagined doing more than 3 miles at a time. I thought it would be impossible for me. But through running I have found my limits can be pushed and that many of those limits are highly flexible, with running and every day life. I chose to participate in #runproject52, because I love challenges (seriously, I did the #100happydays challenge twice)! I love spreading the word about running and encouraging others, but I often am at a loss of how to do so. After reading the information for this challenge, I thought it would be a great way to spread the positivity of running! I also am looking forward to how the challenge will help me in my own running and boundaries. And lastly, I chose to do this as a way to interact with and gain the knowledge of other runners.”
Yazmin from Mexico City “I value most my music, because it make me feel stronger and full of energy. What I enjoy most about running is the achievement feeling when I feel that I can’t anymore and I give that little extra effort. I decide to take on the Run Project 52 Challenge, because I want to run the whole year and I think this project is so different and fun that keeps me motivated. For me, running is the closest thing to fly because when I feel the wind on my face I feel free, when I give an extra effort I feel strong and when I break my records I feel powerful, like an eagle.”
Amanda from Auckland, New Zealand “If I had to pick one piece of gear, probably would be my Fitbit – I’ve had it for a couple of years, and it still motivates me…no cheating, no ignoring, just keeping it real. But with saying that, I travel light – no big mileageso don’t need much. What do I enjoy about running? Well – I still don’t think of myself as a runner! I am still amazed that I can doit! I like that I can go further (than if I was walking), and even the ‘once round the block’ run will generally give me something new to look at. I like it when I get to theplace and pace where I feel I could justkeep going…don’t get me wrong – it’s really slow (!) but my breathing calms down and my pace gets steady and my minds just wanders. Great after a long day at work. Equally great way to start the day. If someone had told me a year ago that I would have been doing this…well, I would’ve thought they were crazy! I took up the Run Project 52 challenge as a way to motivate myself. I started my runstreak 1st September 2014. Can’t really remember why now – just seemed to tick all the boxes! Was going to run for the entire Kiwi spring…and just kept going by hijacking all these Instagram runstreaks! I’ve been #streakingwiththecoolkids, #rwrunstreak, and currently #cupidrunstreak (my son was born on Valentine’s Day so I thought this was cool!). There’s nothing too special about me, I’m just a normal mum of three – all getting grown up now. Married for 30 years to a man that took up Marathon running quite late compared to some – I’m happy with my little distances! (or is that what they all say??!)”
JaDee from Canton, Ohio “I would have to say the one piece of gear that I value the most is my Nike run app…any app with a gps, really. When I started running I didn’t have anything like it. I had to guesstimate my milage, and even though that was ok (the run itself is the important thing) being a “type A” personality I would have loved to be able to track my runs like I do now. I also love the fact that you can challenge friends and earn badges, that makes an already fun activity even more fun for me! Running is and will always be my “me time”, and especially right now when things are hectic, I make sure I find the time for it. The one thing I would say to everyone about their gear us find what works for you. Different things motivate each one of us. So if you find something that works, use it! But on that same note, never be afraid to try something new because it may be just the thing you need to make your workout even better!!”
Erica from Lithia, Florida “Besides my Spark (gives me some much needed energy), my bluetooth headphones are definitely my must haves. The music gives me a beat to pace myself, it takes me to another place in my running, I feel the beat, I feel my feet hit the pavement and I just escape. I have fibromyalgia, and when I am running I feel free of pain and without worry. It makes me forget the control that fibro once had over my body. I took on the Run Project 52 Challenge because it gives me a voice, allows me to express my passion for running and anything fitness. Getting the word out there to other women who may have something going on in their life, that running, or getting active just may help them as much as it has me. Never give up on life, it literally takes one foot in front of the other to defeat whatever you are dealing with. Running was always there for me, no matter what life has thrown at me. Eight years of my life were in torment due to fibro, and I will never let that get me down again.”
Sarah from Mesa, AZ “I really don’t have ONE piece of gear I value most. Gear is expensive and I have to consider very carefully what I want. But, there are three pieces that help enormously. First is my Nathan Vapor Shape hydration pack. During the summer I used my children’s Camelbaks, but they were not big enough. After keeping a close eye on everyone’s packs they were using out on the desert trails, I decided on this one. It fits so nicely and has so much room! The plastic bladder was disgusting so I subbed in my 3 liter Camelbak bladder and that was all I needed. It’s perfect for long runs, trail runs and those hot summer runs! My other two are my Nathan Quick Shot handheld bottle and my flip belt. They’re perfect for short runs! Even a couple miles in the hot desert sun can dehydrate a person, this bottle allows just enough for those shorter runs. In the winter when the air is dry and cold, it also helps to just keep my throat from becoming too dry. My flipbelt allows for hands free running! I hate holding my phone and the arm bands don’t work for me. With the flip belt I can stuff in my phone (easy access) my keys, a little cash, and a fuel for 6+ winter miles. Together those three items make my runs so much easier to enjoy. I love running. I always have. I was a runner in elementary school and continued throughout my schooling. I got out of the habit after having children and picked it back up in 2013. I run to help clear my head, I run to be a nicer mom, I run to be strong, I run for exercise, and now I run 4 Jaylee, a sweet three year old with disabilities that I was paired up through a Facebook page called I Run For Michael and a website www.whoirun4.com. She provides me with so much inspiration. I joined the Run Project 52 because I figured it’d be a way to connect with other runners throughout the world. I love “meeting” new runners and get so much motivation and support from everyone. I hope I can provide even some small amount back.”
Illa from Mexica City “My most valued piece of gear is my Nike Watch!!! I love the feeling of accomplishment after a run, doesn’t matter if it’s 1 mile or 26 – always I felt great. I joined Run Project 52 because I love watching another runners pics. It helps me to feel inspired. My goal for this year is training 262 times, mixed running/gym sessions, 1.200km and 2 Marathons (San Diego and hopefully NY).”
Jackie from Covina, CA “My favorite piece of running gear has got to be my Garmin. I use it each and every time I run. I love it because it tracks how far I’ve come. Literally and figuratively. I can compare my runs and see if my time is faster or slower. Love taking a picture of my time and distance. I joined #runproject52 to help keep me accountable on a weekly basis. I’ve enjoyed seeing other runners on Instagram, and the project helps me to connect to other runners. One of my running goals is to run a race in each state. I’m up to 6, but am looking forward to accomplishing this one day!”