My Running Gear

It may be miles that make the runner – but it’s the running gear that keeps them going.

One of the things I like to write about here is running gear that I’ve tried out and found useful – so that you can hopefully make use of it as well. This page will keep a running log of my current and/or favorite past pieces of running gear.

Where I’ve written a review or more extended reflection, I’ll also include a link to that article for you to check out.

Running Watches

I’m currently sporting a Garmin Fenix 7S Pro Solar watch. You can read my first impressions of the watch here. Overall, I’m very happy with it and I hope it lasts many years.

My first running watch was a Garmin Forerunner 245. It lasted a good three years, but it was time for an upgrade. The battery life wasn’t cutting it anymore with my high mileage weeks, and I wanted a few of the upgrades available on the newer Garmins. I went back and forth between the Forerunner 965 and the Fenix 7S Pro before deciding on the Fenix.

Me wearing my New Balance SC Elite V3 supershoes.

Running Shoes

I’m turning into one of “those” people who has way too many running shoes.

My daily trainers at New Balance 1080’s. They’re a great, comfortable high mileage shoe. I typically keep them for about six months before rotating them out, and I’ve put as much as 750 to 1,000 miles on a pair in the past.

My other daily trainer is the New Balance 481’s. These are trail shoes. They’re heavier and bulkier than my road shoes, but they get the job done when I hit the trails. I’ve also put a ton of miles on these, with my last pair lasting an entire year.

My newest racing shoes are the New Balance FuelCell SC Elite v3’s. I plan to wear them at my next marathon in September. I tried them out on a training run this week, and wrote up some first reflections here. I love them.

My previous racing shoes were the New Balance FuelCell Rebels. They’re nice, and they have some spring in them to help with racing. But they’re nothing like the SC Elite’s. I’m going to keep using these Rebels for shorter races this fall, and then I’ll demote them to training shoes for next year’s marathon training.

My first racing shoe was the New Balance FuelCell Prism. They got me through my first marathon, and I still use them for some speedwork days. They’ll be rotated out and retired soon. They have a little pop left, but they weren’t as springy as the Rebels.

My first daily trainer was the New Balance FuelCell Roav’s. They’re cheaper than the 1080’s and they get the job done. Good choice for someone starting out and looking for a daily road shoe.

Running Shorts

When I first started out, I used to run in long basketball shorts. Don’t laugh.

I eventually bought some 3 inch split shorts I found on Amazon. I was a little self conscious at first about the length, but once I got used to it I loved them.

They have a built in liner, and they don’t chafe. They have zipper pockets, and I can carry three gels in each pocket. I’ve used these shorts for training, and I’ve used them for running all kinds of races. I liked them so much I went back to order more, and now I’ve got a rotation of 7-8 pairs so I don’t have to do laundry that much.

Other Running Gear

I’ve got some other running gear, but I haven’t gotten around to adding it to this page yet. I’ll be back to update things shortly.