5 Things I’d Hate to Run Without {Just Run}

5 Things I'd hate to run without - My running gear essentials _ happyfitmama.com _ happyfitmama.comIt’s another edition of Just Run, where each month a group of my running blogger friends gather with their tips, tricks and thoughts on all things running.

In case you missed the previous editions:

Tips for the New Runner

Instagram Tips and Tricks

My Worst Race Ever

My Best Race Ever

This month we are talking about our running essentials.  The things we’d hate to run without.

I like to think of myself of a no frills runner.  Yes, I do like high tech, fun stuff but I’d be just as happy to run with nothing but my running shoes on.  Now, I’m not saying I’m going to do a nude race (one word: ouch) but for me, I just need the bare essentials to hit the road or trails running.


By far, shoes are my #1 essential.  I cringe every time I see someone running barefoot in a race.  All I can think of is stepping on broken glass or something nasty like dog poop with a bare foot. I like the support and cushion of a shoe.  My favorite shoe right now is the Saucony Ride 10 for roads and Saucony Peregrine for trails.  I like to rotate through shoes for different runs.  Currently in the rotation, I have Altra, Hoka One and New Balance along with a couple pairs of Saucony.  If you’ve never been professionally fitted for running shoes, do it now.  It’s the best thing for your running.

Sports Bra

I couldn’t imagine running without a good supportive sports bra.  I don’t have a big chest but I like the girls locked and loaded while running.  If my sports bra makes the girls bounce at all, I’m not a fan.  Those bras are reserved for low impact workouts like biking, strength training or yoga. Currently, I’m loving the Saucony Bounce Trouncer and the Handful Y-Back.


Over the years, Feetures socks have become my favorite for road running.  I prefer lightweight over cushioning.  That just makes me feet too hot.  The Elite Ultra Light is usually my go to.  For trail running, I like Darn Tough for a little bit of cushion.  I’m also more likely to wear calf sleeves on the trails.  CEP Compression is my fav. It’s kind of weird that I can’t stand wearing compression sleeves or socks when on the roads but love it on the trails. Maybe because it provides extra protection for my shins from rocks and sticks?


You guys know that I love taking Run-fies (i.e. running selfies).  For that reason I take my phone on every single run.  But even more importantly, my phone comes along for an extra dose of security.  After having a creeper following me while out for a run a couple of years ago, I’ve been extra vigilant about running safety.  I don’t want to run with my phone in my hand so I use a belt.  Usually, any type of belt annoys me, particularly hydration belts.  Those things do not stay in place.  I started using a belt from Fuel Belt last year.  I don’t think they make the one I use anymore, but THIS one is similar.  No bouncing and stays in place for the most part.  If it does start to creep up my hips, I’ll tighten the belt and it stays put.


I could absolutely run without a watch.  I have a general sense of the mileage for different routes around town. I like feedback and data, though.  I’m not a slave to pace but I like to see how far I ran or at least how many minutes I was out there. I’m not afraid to leave the GPS at home and use my simple Timex instead.  But then there’s the Strava data…what can I say, I like the data!  For the past 6 months, I have been using a Epson ProSense GPS but last week I started adding my trusted Garmin Forerunner 230 back into the mix. Right now I’m doing a mix of both watches to see what’s more accurate.

Want to know what my running blogger friends can’t run without?  Be sure to click on the image or their name to find out their essentials for racing and running.






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21 comments on “5 Things I’d Hate to Run Without {Just Run}

  1. Of course we have some overlap on our lists but I honestly didn’t even think about sports bras!! LOL. I seriously wish I could run without one but, even with my small chest, I still need something 🙂
    Also, have you tried the Koala Clip for your phone? It’s seriously life changing!!!
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  2. Yes to all of the above! I’m always surprised at runners who run without their phones. Even if they aren’t taking selfies, it’s a safety essential!

  3. I wear a SPIbelt when I run. It carries all of my essentials (including my phone) and doesn’t bounce. They have tons of new options and come in fun colors. I think I have 8 or 9 of them! After my own scare/near-miss a couple of years ago, I also have ‘the world’s loudest whistle’ and a small canister of pepper spray clipped to the belt.
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  4. Totally agree with all of these! I always tell new women runners that they need good shoes and a good sports bra. Everything else is icing on the cake. 🙂

  5. I too prefer lightweight socks over cushion and Saucony is my shoe of choice. The only thing I would add to that list is earphones, I like my music even if it is just background noise for my thoughts.

  6. I definitely need a watch! I have no idea what a mile feels like otherwise LOL a good sports bra is KEY too!! I have certain bras that I wear for running and others that I use for cross training

  7. This is a fun one! Sports bra- yes… I remember once I was pushing my younger daughter in the stroller and stopped to breastfeed on a bench and forgot to re hook my sports bra… it took me a minute to figure out why running was not feeling good! And I am on the small end of the scale. 🙂
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  8. I also like the support of shoes. I like shoes with heels larger than 3 centimeters. When I run, I like shoes with heels larger than 3 centimeters.

  9. I concur with all of your choices (though I don’t worry too much about my sports bra, I DO wear one!). And I love that my Skirt Sports skirts have pockets for my phone.

    Since I started running in the dark ages I’m not sure how I managed without my phone and GPS. Though my old Timex worked well (after driving my usual running routes to check the mileage).
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