running gear: one mama's experience
As a reader of this blog you probably know there are lots of running mamas. There are three groups running Hood to Coast this weekend and two FaceBook groups; Run Mama Run (generally faster runners) and urbanMama Runners. The urbanMamas Runners group also has an email list. I (Courtney) moderate the urbanMama Runner FB page and email. I started running again in October 2009 after about 9 years away from it. I trained for the Shamrock 5k in March, and am now training for Run Like Hell 10k on October 24. I could not have done it without the support of my family, the mamas, and some good gear. This is not intended to be a blanket urbanMama endorsement or advertisement – just sharing this mama’s experience. Apologies to the email list readers and FB friends for double posting.
PANTS: After a tyring a variety of too big, too much material, wrong material, too long, too short, badly designed, shorts and pants – I am in love with my Road Runner Capris. They are a bit longer than many, but in Portland have been great both inside and out. One small pocket for a key. Only time I wish had shorts or a skirt was the 90 day that we did 5 miles and I got a little hot. If you join the Road Runner VIP club, things are a bit cheaper.
HEADGEAR: When I had long hair, the ponytail was all I needed. After I got a shorter cut, I was on the hunt for a headband that did not slip or get super wet. I heard about SportyBands from the Run Like a Mother blog. I got two of the smaller/narrower ones last week. Love them. They stay in place with no movement at all. Not sure going to love the “hand wash only” aspect, but will see.
iPOD HOLDER: I tried using an arm band for the iPod and did not like it at all. It did not stay put, it was too hard to get on, and I could not access the controls to change music, check pace, or time (I use Nike+). So far many months I have just been holding it in my hand. I saw The Phubby in a magazine and ordered the sporty version. After one run I love it. Do need to press pretty hard on the controls to make it work. A different color other than black might be a better idea in order to see the screen better.
ID FOR SOLO RUNS: I have started doing more runs outside and on my own. I was a treadmill at the gym only mama for many months. My husband got me a Road ID after he starting using one. We even got one for the kiddo for soccer camp. Even though I have my phone, it makes me feel safer and I know it makes my husband more comfortable.
What are your favorites? Any suggestions for headphones – not the ear bud kind? What about rain gear?