Disclosure: Tune Belt provided me with their product at no charge for my review. They also provided the giveaway item. All opinions are 100% my own.
Training for the NYC Marathon has tested both my physical and mental strength, especially during training runs over 13 miles. I have no control over the weather during these runs, but gear and fuel is all on me and during these long training runs it is essential to have the right gear and fuel in order for it to be successful. After quite a few long runs and many hiccups along the way I have finally figured out what gear and fuel works for me and I am going to share that with you.
- Tune Belt: I am not a fan of carrying anything in my hands during any run and honestly I usually run without music, but even when I do I need somewhere to store my iPhone and the Tune Belt arm band filled this need for me. It is comfortable, my phone is easily accessible and I don’t even have to take it out to utilize the touch screen. I tend to forget I am even wearing it which is a big plus in my book because every little thing tends to annoy me when I run. The only issue I had with the Tune Belt was a little chafing when I wore it too high on my arm. One I found the perfect spot for me to wear it, which is exactly midway between my elbow and shoulder, I had no more chafing. Tune Belt has an assortment of cases for just about every phone or MP3 player and they even cater to the different types of cases you may have on your phone so you don’t have to take it out every time you run. This is by far the best case I have used while running! Be sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win one.
- Music: I usually do not run with music, but for the long runs that are upward of 13 miles and more, I do. I have a few playlists that I created for these long runs filled with upbeat, heart pumping music.
- Camelbak: If I haven’t mentioned it before I hate running with anything in my hands. I also hate hydration belts because they are just not comfortable in my opinion. While I wouldn’t say I love my Camelbak, I do like it a lot. I have found that my Camelbak is the best way for me to get adequate hydration while on my long runs, plus it holds my fuel. The only problem I have is getting my fuel out of the pack. I literally have to take off the pack to retrieve anything out of it, which is a pain, but I have gotten used to it.
- Fuel: Homemade “Gu” and Margarita shot bloks are my current fuels.
- GPS Watch: The watch that I am currently using and love is my Bia Watch.
- Good sneakers: My current sneakers are my ASICS Gel-Pursue. These sneakers are pretty awesome and will be the ones I wear during the NYC Marathon.
- Compression socks: Compression socks help me both during my runs and during my recovery. PRO Compression are my socks of choice and I wear them on all of my long runs.
Tune Belt was nice enough to sponsor a giveaway for one of their arm bands or belts, so be sure to enter below:
What are your long run essential items?