1. The Soundtrack of the Road
It never fails. Everytime I purchase new running gear, gadgets, or accessories, I always hit the road to take it for a "test drive." Whether it be a new pair of running shoes, shorts, a shirt, a hydration belt, a cap, sports earphones, or base layer apparel, new running gear always get me going. Nothing beats looking like a runner to get yourself pounding the roads like one. Here are some of the gear that keep me heading for the road:
3. Information is Key
Next to my running shoes, my most indispensible running accessory is my iPod Nano. When equipped with the Nike+ sports kit, my Nano becomes more than just an MP3 player. All I have to do is plug the receiver into my Nano and plant the transmitter in my Nike+ ready running shoes, and I'll get real-time info on the distance I've covered, my pace (in mins/km), the number of calories that I've burned, and how long it took me to finish my run. The data is fairly accurate. With this combination, I'm in no hurry to get a Garmin GPS watch (yet).
4. "Seeing" My Run
This is another benefit of having an iPod that is equipped with a Nike+ sports kit. After each run, I "sync" my run by hooking my Nano onto my laptop, and iTunes automatically sends my run data to nikerunning.com. The site then "graphs" my run, shows my splits, logs all my runs in a chart, and gives me other options to play around with.
5. The Grub
Of course, what works for me might not for work for others. If you're really passionate about the sport, it's very likely that you won't even need any motivation or incentive to lace up those running shoes. Every runner is different, and, at the end of the day, you stick to whatever floats your boat. Cool runnings, boys and girls!