5. Tearadactyl Shirt
I run in Cleveland. As evidenced by this weekend's unexpected April snowpocalypse, the weather is a touch unpredictable! Layering up is a good solution, but then you have to monkey around with taking things off, tying them somewhere (or discarding them for good), and maybe even trying to pull layers back on when the 60 degree weather turns into 40 degrees suddenly. Fortunately for those of us that live in see-saw climates there's an exciting new shirt coming out call the Tearadactyl. With easily removable sleeves and a pocket for storage, this technical running top could become a staple of my running wardrobe. They're not actually available for purchase yet, but you can be sure I'll get my foot in the door early on these! They ARE available for pre-order, if you're interested!
4. MP3 Player
I already have a standalone MP3 player that works really well, but it has zero playlist functionality and it's getting old so the battery life is questionable. I'd love to have something other than my phone to make playlists and listen to music while I run. Yes, I can use the one I have, but the ability to create playlists for each run or for different race lengths is a feature that I'm sorely missing. And then there's that battery life thing, which is the same concern I have for my phone. While running without music isn't necessarily a problem, and running without a playlist is a minor annoyance, in a perfect world I'd have lots of storage, lots of easy to change playlists, and plenty of battery life to get me through hours of lonesome running! This may be the only case in which I would even consider an Apple device...
3. JournalMenu Planner
Actually training for races is kind of new to me, but I want to make a plan and hold true to it. Not only will I be run-training, but my classes and lifting need more structure, and I want to track how my nutrition and supplements are affecting my training - and I don't want to have to navigate a dozen clunky apps to get it all figured out. JournalMenu creates custom training journals for ANY training (running, Crossfit, nutrition, you name it), including custom covers and custom journal pages to make it easy for anyone to track goals and monitor improvement opportunities. I actually have a bit of a head start on this one...
2. Personal Blender
Honestly, I don't care what brand so long as I can get a blender that will blend straight into a to-go container of some sort! I know Ninja does this, there's an Oster blender with a low profile that does this, I'll take ANY device that will help me get my nutrition back on track! When I was consuming homemade smoothies more often, I was losing some of my excess weight and feeling so much better. I'm not a big veggie eater, but if I can sneak some kale or spinach into a smoothie and not have to taste the leafy texture, I'll consume a lot more! This is definitely a big priority in my training, because I just know my current (lack of) nutrition is going to eventually sabotage me.
1. GPS Wearable
Tracking my runs with the GPS in my phone is tried and true - but what happens when I'm out for hours, trying to listen to music (see #4), tracking my run, and my battery dies? Even more than wanting a separate MP3 player, I'd much rather have a GPS watch or other wearable to separate my location tracking from my phone, which I may need in emergencies, and will probably want working at the end of a long race (for example, a marathon) so I can take photos. Some people think tracking every run is overkill and that there is such a thing as "too much data", but I'm only monitoring for distance and pace right now. The few stats I track, I want to be as accurate as possible, so I can learn whatever is relevant and keep a good record of my improvements. I'm not sure which GPS watch would be the best for me, and I'm also interested in smart watches, but I'll pretty much take anything that does the job!
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What's on your training wishlist? Can you recommend a good MP3 player or GPS device? What items did you find most useful while training for your last big race?