Essential Running Gear

Essential Running Gear (Giveaway)

I have been getting a lot of questions lately about my favorite running gear and I realized that I have never posted it here!  I have written an entire running survey but never gear focused.  After my awesome long run on Sunday I have been on a runner’s high ever since so I thought this week was as good as any :)


Essential Running Gear


1.  Garmin Forerunner 305

Garmin Forerunner 305


I got my Garmin as a Christmas gift two years ago when I was training for the Go! St. Louis Half Marathon after I had Emmie.  I have loved it ever since!  I think it’s super easy to use.  I have realized I am a Garmin “dependent” runner because it keeps me in check.  Without it, I start out too fast and then crash and burn miserably.


2.  Pro Compression Marathon Socks

PRO Compression Marathon Socks


I wrote about my love for my PRO Compression marathon socks.  These have changed my life.  Ok, I am being melodramatic but they have seriously made running a lot easier for me and made my recovery time less and less.  LOVE.  Plus, they run 40% off specials all the time.


3.  Nathan Hand Held

Nathan Hand Held


I bought this Nathan hand held recently and have loved it.  It is a 22ish oz water bottle which is big to a lot of you I know.  However, I am a runner who needs a good amount of hydration while running.  It doesn’t bother me at all while running and the pouch as enough room for my Honey Stingers, iPhone, and key.


4.  Sparkly Soul Inc. Headband

Sparkly Soul Inc.


Last year I won two Sparkly Soul headbands from Victoria and fell in love.  Every headband I had tried before these either slipped or gave me a headache.  I was skeptically when the company said they did neither but the sparkles attracted my attention.  Once I tried them out I was sold.  These headbands have staid put during the Go! St. Louis Half, the Rock’N’Roll Savannah Half, multiple yoga inversions, volunteering at the hospital (hence the above pic) and so much more.  On top of that, the company interacts SO MUCH on social media and is always positive and friendly.  LOVE.  I need one in every color.  Immediately.  You can find Sparkly Soul on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too.


AND because I love Sparkly Soul so much and they love the readers of Food, Fitness, and Family they are giving away a headband of the winner’s choosing to one lucky reader!  WEE!!  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.  Sparkly on!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


What is your “go to” favorite piece of running gear?

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Disclaimer: I did receive a free Sparkly Soul Inc. headband to review.  However, I LOVE these headbands and all opinions are 100% my own.  No other compensation was provided.

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110 thoughts on “Essential Running Gear (Giveaway)”

  1. I’m not much of a headband wearer when I’m running, I can never find one that stays on but I figure I’ll give these a try. They’re super cute 😉

    My fave running gear would have to be my zero drop minimus shoes. Still love barefoot running, even if I’m not the biggest fan of running at times 😀
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  2. I rarely wear headbands when I run, because they often end up bothering me or just fall off.I would love to give these ones a try. I really like the blue one that you are sporting!

  3. I Love the Sperklyness!!! So pretty! I have major problems with headbands too, they never see to stay where I want them to, I thought it was just me!

  4. Sparkly anything is good in my book, but I would probably choose a thin headband…either mint green or teal!!

  5. I would get the black one! I have not found a headband that would hold my super straight hair. Hoping to win!

  6. My favorite running item right now is my Garmin Forerunner 10. It’s pretty basic in what it tracks, but I don’t need anything fancy and I’ve definitely seen an improvement in my pace :)

    I’d LOVE a headband to use during workouts instead of trying to clip my bangs back all the time, but I have the same problem you’ve had – they either hurt or they slip right off my head!
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  7. I can’t decide what color I would pick, but I’m thinking it would the pink, or maybe teal.

    Recently I have been working my way up to incorporating longer runs but I know I’ll definitely need some water. I’m not really a fan of carrying my water bottle when I run. Does this water bottle really make a difference as opposed to just carrying a regular bottle?
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  8. I love the one that you’re wearing! I’m a nursing student, and our uniform is a similar color, so that would be perfect on clinical days :)

  9. I’m currently not running a whole lot now but when I do I LOVE my Asics. Each year I try to get fitted for a newer pair and I’ve never had any issues with them!
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  10. I’d probably pick one of the pink ones. I love these headbands, and I think the hubs would kill me if I bought any more 😉

    I also run with a water hand held, mine is 12 oz, but my last runs were with TNT so we had water stops, I will probably have to move up to a bigger one.
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  11. Ahhh I love the sparkly headbands!! & I should try out the compression socks. I get the worst lower-leg problems if I run more than a couple of miles :(

  12. I would be forever lost without my Garmin 10… And the Apple Green headband would be perfect for my upcoming St. Patty’s Day race!

  13. I would get a thin violet one!!

    My essential running gear are my brooks pure connects, Oakley YSC Preserve Shorts and Oakley Align Bra

  14. I would love a thin violet headband! I rarely wear headbands because I can never seem to find one that fits right, stays in place, and doesn’t give me a headache.

  15. Probably black….boring, but goes with everything:) Excited to hear about a headband that stays put and doesn’t leave that crazy bump from being too tight!

  16. I would love to win and try this!! I like the blue headband you are wearing. Fav running item is my lululemon tank top :)!

  17. ohh i love these headbands! i love SPARKLE :) but i would love the wide sparkly silver or the wide sparkly rainbow..hard to choose 😉

  18. LOVE the orange!

    My favorite running gear is a good pair of shoes and my HRM. I just ordered compression socks – hoping I fall in love with them!

  19. I have been wanting to try one of these for a long time but want to make sure I will like it before I buy it (money is kinda tight)! I would LOVE to win one!!! I would pick the large purple/lavender one!

  20. I would love to win the Team in Training headband! I’m a 2x lymphoma survivor (diagnosed at age 20 and have been surviving since Nov 2009). I’m running the Nike Women’s 1/2 and the San Diego 1/2 with TNT and would so love to win!

  21. I LOVE my heart rate monitor when running! I just got one in January and it’s great to keep me on track and for HIIT runs i like to work myself to the max! I’ve heard great things about compression socks, i need some! That water bottle is a FANTASTIC product and need to get my hands (haha) on one of those! I often run outside with no water stops (mistake)!

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