It’s nice to say that running is a sport that is practiced without the need for special equipment … It remains that some accessories are convenient and make it easy for both neophytes and bitten people. ) s. Here are the most useful accessories for your race outings.
1. The bottle holder belt
Hydration is essential during the race, especially during longer excursions and during warmer temperatures. To avoid lugging a bottle, some belts keep one or more containers.
There are various models, with larger or smaller bottles, placed in front or behind, sometimes with additional pockets for hanging keys, a snack, etc. Consider your needs and try them before buying, by wearing them and taking and refilling the bottle a few times, to see if the movement is easy or less natural.
Indeed, for a little regular jogging, the belt with four big bottles is not necessary! This should be reserved for people who do very long races (half-marathon and +) and again, especially during hot weather.
The bottles, especially full, are heavy and it is better to empty them fairly “equally” (so take a sip of one, then a sip of the other) to avoid an imbalance then they require some management that we do not want to “exaggerate.” It is also possible to fill them in the way in drinking troughs so … In most cases, a belt with two bottles maximum is sufficient.
2. The sunglasses
The glasses are almost indispensable, whether it’s all year round when it’s sunny, but even in the winter to protect against wind or precipitation.
Good running goggles are light, protect both UVA and UVB rays, cover the eyes well, but most importantly, they must hold well in place. Do not hesitate to try several in store, and move to make sure that it does not always go down on the nose!
Here is a model with polarized lenses, a feature that is not essential but remains interesting to have a good vision in all conditions.
3. The armband to carry the phone
For much of the year in Quebec, you need a coat (or at least a sweatshirt) to run. As this type of clothing usually contains pockets, it’s easy enough to have your phone on you!
But in the summer, instead of dragging it in your hand, you can use an armband instead! What to check: good seams, enough room to slide and comfortably remove the phone, a solid Velcro and a circumference that fits your arm. Your belt may have a pocket that can hold the phone. But having an armband is also very useful because not all the races ask for the belt to come out!
4. The wireless headphones
If you want to listen to podcast or music during the race, you will need headphones. The wireless ones are more practical and make you more free to move! The only thing to make sure they are well loaded before leaving. During the race, you have to connect them to the phone with Bluetooth.
Here is a model that fits well on the ears and does not fear a light rain, with a magnetic component to collect the headphones when not in use.
5. The GPS watch
If you want a device that gives you more information, you can also get one of the many models of the chronograph, GPS watch or cardiometer, among others because these watches offer much more features than the applications for smart phones!
To choose your watch, check how fast it is to capture the GPS signal and its reception quality. Next, compare the size, display readability on the screen, lightness, and tightness. These watches can also help motivate you and allow you to share your stats. An exciting feature: the ability to pair with the phone. This accessory is quite expensive and not essential, but it can be a good investment.
6. The roll
After each race, do not forget to stretch. There is nothing worse to remove the urge to run than to have sore muscles every time! To help you in this crucial step of the training, there are foam rollers, which do small miracles. Finally, no matter whether you use a roll or not, be sure to do a 15 to 20 minute stretching session.
7. Mobile applications dedicated to the race
Adapted application for iPhone, iPod touch, and Android. The popular RunKeeper app is free, but you can also buy the Pro version for around $ 20 a year. The Pro version is attractive, mainly because it provides many detailed statistics that can be used to establish patterns over time. She offers several free and useful training plans.
The application is very convenient to use and allows you to get data on your running time, average speed, energy expenditure, etc. These data can be communicated to you in real time, according to the chosen frequency. It is also possible to transfer them online to analyze your races according to the route you have completed, the details of your circuit, etc.
This application offers a very high precision of the plot. Also, RunKeeper is multisport: you can use it for running, cycling, walking, or hiking. Just choose your activity before launching the application.
Runtastic is also free and multisport. You can also buy the Pro version, and it gives you access to a voice coach who speaks French. In addition to providing the same functions as these competitors, this application provides additional features such as personalized practice plans with goals to achieve. This enables you to boost your chances of achieving your goals if you want to prepare for a marathon or just for a 5 km