This week my friend Harold has volunteered to give us a peek into his gym bag!!! Thanks for sharing your gym bag with us Harold!!!!
Harold, AKA A Veteran Runnah, is a long-time runner who lives in Maine and started running back in the Dark Ages of the early 70’s, while in high school and has continued to run with varying degrees of success and consistency since then, but has always considered himself a runnah. You can find Harold on his blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Pinterest! Harold is also a fellow contributor on Real Health, you can check out his posts here.
What’s In My Gym Bag?
Toni asked me what is in my Gym bag and as you can see by the photo, there is a lot more than I originally thought when she first asked me this question.
Yes I have two t-shirts, when I workout on the treadmill I sweat a LOT! My treadmill shirt usually looks more like I went swimming instead of just a little run and as a courtesy to other gym goers, I change out of it for two reasons:
- It stinks
- I don’t want to soak down the weight equipment with my sweaty shirt
I wear compression shorts, running shorts and socks (even though I am going sockless more and more when running). When I remember, I use a lubricant in addition to the compression shorts (or for when I forget them, which happens a couple times a month) and usually have band-aids to combat bloody nipples that occur from the soaked t-shirt o longer treadmill runs.
The small white towel is to wipe up the gallons of sweat pouring off me during a hard workout. When I am running on the treadmill, lifting weights or stretching/foam rolling, I listen to music on my phone and use a Nathan waist belt to keep track of it, so it doesn’t end up on the floor or sopping up sweat from being inside my waistband.
On days that I am doing intervals or a hard tempo session on the treadmill I use a heart rate monitor to let give me an idea of where I am at and to make sure I have recovered enough to start the next repeat.
I don’t like “city” water, so 95% of the time, I fill up my water bottle at home, we are on our own well and I have a pretty good idea of the chemicals that are in it, since we get it tested annually.
A padlock for the locker, yes I definitely lock up my gear in the locker room, I have “lost” a jacket and other stuff at different gyms when I didn’t lock them up, so it is just a part of my routine.
It was kind eye opening to actually take everything out of my gym bag (no, I didn’t find anything growing in there – luckily), to see what I actually use and what I could get rid of. I was surprised that I didn’t have any stuff I didn’t really need or want to have in my gym bag.
So what kind of stuff do you have in your gym bag?
Harold retired after 21 years in the U.S. Coast Guard and has bounced around trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up – if he ever does. He has been a special education teacher, State of Maine AmeriCorps Grants and Program Officer and a few other “regular or real” jobs. After being injured in 2010, he took a long look at his life and in 2011 decided to move from the typical 9-5 life (with his wife’s help) and follow his dream of being a writer. Along the way he started blogging about running and the two have merged into his present lifestyle and job of running a lot and blogging a lot.