First of all, as I said earlier in the week, I have to have music to work out. How those people run miles and miles with no uplifting beat to follow or give that extra boost is a mystery to me! So, obviously, I am not that tough. I just love, love, love my Nano. It's tiny, pink and full of all sorts of music. It clips right on my top so it can go anywhere.
I also like to download books to my Nano. That's really great for long walks, rowing or riding a stationary bike. Sometimes I just want to keep going because the book is so good. Try it!
I will say that I am a sweater and I hate when the Apple earpieces get sweaty. They will NOT stay in my ears and it makes me crazy. I have difficult ears, too. I thinghin, as those over the ear headphones fall right off my ears. That's really aggravating. I then discovered a fabulous little thing! Yurbuds. They are these little blue, rubber things that fit over the earpiece and right into your ears. They stay in place perfectly and don't slip out, no matter how much I sweat. That's saying something, too, because there's a lot of smelly water covering me when I exercise.
Next, I love Thorlos socks. Yes, these socks can really make me happy. I discovered them preparing for the Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk. They are the best things going for your feet!
Except for my new running shoes that I just adore! I decided to try a pair of Newtons and I'm so glad I did! My normal aches and pains from running have all but disappeared. I tend to fight plantar fasciatis, but there isn't really any heel striking to aggravate that either. These shoes make me run so much lighter! I Don't think I could be adding miles each week in anticipation of the Half Marathon without these miracle shoes.
I've been growing my hair out so now I HAVE to have two hair clips and a ponytail holder. I can't stand my hair in my face while I exercise. I have also been known to wear a headband in addition just to ensure there are no stray hair strands coming out. However, it has to be the Lulemon one with the "no slip" band inside the fabric so it actually stays on my head.
I wear my Sportsline watch all the time. Basically, I am too lazy to take it off and put on a normal watch, so I have it on whether I'm working out or not. I love being able to track my heart rate, calorie count and time sprints or intervals. I have to admit, though, that I think the numbers on the watch face have gotten smaller over this past year. That means I might be in the market for another sportswatch with a bigger face. That does not make me happy.
I love my foam roller and have really gotten dependent on rolling out my hamstrings, quads and IT band. I even have my boys in on the action. It can definitely be a "love/hate" thing. I've posted about the foam roller before and have included a video showing how to work out sore muscles, if you need to look over it.
I'm going to keep this list short so you won't think I'm a complete nut and high maintenance. However, I can't close the list without including a water bottle. I think my favorite are the Camelback bottles with the straw included. They don't spill, are BPA free and are the perfect size for most cup holders.
That's it. Those are my TOP FAVORITE things. The GO TO, Gotta Have things that make me happy.
What are your favorite, gotta have workout items?