Running Gear Guide: Summer Edition
After 6 years of training through the hot sticky summers of Florida for Fall marathons, I feel quite qualified to provide you my personal recommendations for the must have running gear of summer!
I try to be very honest in my product reviews and sometimes the things I truly love get lost in the mix, which is why I’ve put together my summer running gear and winter running gear guides to answer your most common questions about what I use!In some cases, I do receive an affiliate fee for your purchase through one of my links. I appreciate your support and hope if you do consider these products that you will purchase through here to help me show these great companies that it’s valuable to share with my readers.
Hopefully these lists will help you in your journey or maybe gift ideas for the crazy runner in your life.
TomTom Runner Watch
You’ve seen it in my Instagram for months now and I LOVE it. I was amazed that it could get an accurate heart rate through the watch strap and eliminated the need for the finicky chest straps of other watches.
Note: The downside to this watch is you can’t see lap splits in the summary screen when you finish a run. You can see them online or on the App. It’s the one of the reasons, you may see me testing out the newest Garmin soon.
Camelbak Marathoner Hydration Pack
After years of carrying a hand held and swearing it was just fine, I was convinced to try a hydration pack during my Jackson Hole Ultra running camp and I doubt I’ll ever go back to anything else. This one from Camelbak has enough pockets to take off a light jacket or store gloves and makes grabbing a gel or my phone for a picture insanely easy.
I have to admit I’ve had some trouble working with this company, BUT I love their products so I am including them anyways. In the last 2 years, I have worn 2XU compression pants or capri’s during and after every race that I have run. They keep my calves from cramping up and allow me to recover much faster.
Additionally these pants are very thin and light, so they make for a good summer choice. I note thicker tights which provide more IT Band support in the winter guide.
Vega Sport Protein Powder
I use this every single morning for a couple of reasons; it contains glutamine which helps my stomach to feel better and it’s completely free of any chemicals/dairy/gluten/fillers. No weird food allergies happening here and the taste is mmm mm good, I can mix it just with water when I’m traveling.
Yes this is a year round, not just summer product. But I found that drinking some of this pre-run set better with me than eating in the heat. I also swear by sipping on Vega Electrolytes during the run.
No more calf cramps here and I can truly thank the inclusion of these little tablets for that. These tablets contain magnesium and some Vitamin D, which are key to preventing fatigue and these help keep electrolytes balanced.
When you sweat and drink a lot of water, it’s easy to wash your body out of electrolytes and that leads to the wall or feeling fatigued.
I recommend these specifically because of their moisture wicking and SMELL controlling properties. Seriously days on end of wear during a trip and no smell…I plead the 5th on how I know this.
We started carrying these on bike trips, but they are also really fantastic post race when you might end up hanging around for awhile to see friends or head out to breakfast. You can at least clear off the salt and feel like you don’t smell!