3 Product Reviews Coming Up

As most of you know, I am a creature of habit.  I’m not thrilled about change – and I am totally an old school runner.  However, sometimes things happen that make me change up things that I do – or I just hear about something and want to try it myself. In the last few months, I’ve come across 3 products that I’ve become really excited about!  In the next few blog posts, I’ll share with you why I have come to love these and have incorporated them into my running. These products are Run Gum, Dry Goods Spray Powder and Protalus shoe insoles.  I only do product reviews when I like something – I guess it’s just a continuation of the positive me.  And, maybe because I always hear my mother saying, “if you can’t say anything nice……”.  Anyway, I do like all 3 of these products and I can’t … {Continue Reading… }

The One Thing That I Never Run Without

There is one thing that you will never see me heading out the door without.  A cap.  That’s it.  Pure and simple.  No matter if it’s a day with shorts, tights, etc., there will always be a cap on my head with my pony tail hanging out the back! In the 70’s and 80’s, my hair was short and I always wore some sort of sweat band on my head while I was running.  I needed something to try to curb the sweat that was always tried to roll into my eyes.  I had all different colors of sweat bands and bandannas.  (Don’t laugh, it was the 70’s and 80’s)   The first time that I wore a cap during a run was sometime in the late 80’s.  I was having to wear my glasses instead of contacts for a while because of an eye issue.  One day I was … {Continue Reading… }

Review Of Jabees Beating Bluetooth Ear Buds

Yesterday, on my 12-miler, I tried something that I’ve never done before.  I didn’t take my beloved ipod shuffle on my run, but used my phone for music with wireless ear buds.  No, I haven’t crossed over to the dark side of taking my phone on every run – let me explain!   Last year, after I scared Hubby with my chest issues (see http://www.thestreakingrunner.com/glad-know-whats-wrong/ for explanation), he made me promise to take my phone with me whenever I was out for more than 90 minutes.  I tried to make my case that I had my RoadId on and if something happened – I wouldn’t be able to use my phone anyway.  (He loves that I wear my RoadId on every run!)  Anyway, I caved because I figured that if I was out for over 90 minutes, I’d want water, so I could just wear my CamelBak and tuck my phone in it. … {Continue Reading… }

My How Times Have Changed!

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the 28th Anniversary of my running streak.  I’ve been doing some thinking since then about how things have changed for runners since the 70’s.  Running clothes, watches, listening to music – these are just some of the things that have changed.  We won’t even go into the strange looks that most of us got back then!   First of all, listening to music.  When I first started running (which was actually 7 years before my streak began), I didn’t listen to music.  If anyone did – you had to carry around a transistor radio with you.  And, that wasn’t going to happen.  Then, Sony came out with the Walkman.  It seems so bulky now – but at the time – I thought it was great! Then came the radios that had a cassette player and eventually CD player.  Seemed like a good idea. … {Continue Reading… }

Running Gear – Review Of Knuckle Lights

Being an early morning runner – there are so many days that I’m out there running in the dark. Just this week, due to work obligations – my long run started at 5 a.m.  And, it’s so important to me to be seen by oncoming cars. So, I’m always on the look out for fun – and functional – ways of “lighting up”.  Reflective apparel is important to wear – but runners also need to have some sort of light so that they can see where they are going.  Even if you know that road, there are things that may pop up.  Branches on the road after a storm, potholes, dog “droppings”, etc. are all things that you don’t want to step in or get tripped up by. I know that there are some runners that carry lights – but I hate to hold anything when I run.  In the … {Continue Reading… }