GoodLife Eats Favorite Running Products

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I’ve been running lately. A lot. I started out the year really well with my 2012 fitness goals, but with the move, a few cases of strep throat and a really hot summer I got a bit off track.

goodlife eats favorite running products

This sweaty, red faced runner just ran 3.5 miles beating her time by 2 minutes.
Excuse me while I mop up a puddle of sweat now.

I reassessed my goals and started running again at the beginning of September with plans for a Thanksgiving Day 5K with my sister (who is moving to COLORADO!) this November. I didn’t want to just run a 5K, I wanted to be ready and do a good job.

With those goals in mind, I began running 3-5 time a week. At first I was just working on building up enough endurance to run a 2 mile route near my house without walking. After a few weeks of this routine after dropping the kids off at school, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was able to achieve that first goal. Now I am running a new route that totals 3.5 miles.

It feels great to accomplish something like that but more than anything, I have realized that exercise is incredibly important to my personal happiness. It’s not that I crave the run. It is still hard work for me. But I crave the way the run makes me feel more positive about my day and the happiness those accomplishments bring. I’m not in this to lose weight, but rather to feel happier, healthier and stronger – both mentally and physically.

With all of that in mind, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite products that I personally use and enjoy for exercise.

GoodLife Eats Favorite Running Products

  • New Balance Minimus 10 – I think these shoes are so comfortable. I love the way they feel and that they aren’t heavy and bulky on my feet.
  • Armpocket – I use this to store my iPhone & house key to keep me hands free! At first I was holding my phone while I ran and that got old really quick. This has been a great solution.
  • iPhone – for Music and Emergency Calls from School. Right now there are times when I need the music to keep me going, plus I need to be reachable in case something happens with the kids at school.
  • Nike+ Running App – It is so important for me to feel like I am getting better every day. Running is hard work and I love how this app will track my distance (so I know how far I am running) and speed so I can see my improvement.
  • Pilayo® Braid Headband from Athleta – With short hair, I can’t pull it back in a ponytail during exercise. These cute headbands keep my short hair out of my eyes and face. They clean up well in the washing machine too!
  • Blendtec Blender – I always make a big post-run protein smoothie so I can refuel my body after exercise. A combo of coconut milk, blueberries, strawberries, spinach and vanilla protein powder is my favorite. Enter to win one here: Blendtec Blender Giveaway.
  • Lifefactory Water Bottles – I don’t carry these while I run, too heavy, but I use them all day long at home and out running errands so I can stay hydrated before and after exercise. Love that they are BPA-Free and reusable. And, hello? Cute!

 What are your favorite exercise products? And of course feel free to share your favorite motivational music as well!

This is NOT a sponsored post. I have personally purchased all of these items, except the New Balance shoes which were part of a giveaway promotion earlier this year (I still use and love them!).