Is This Necessary?

Good Morning!

How was your day yesterday?

Mine was packed full all day with working out and work!

The month of May is the slowest time for the running store, most people have been training in shoes they bought over the winter and May is typically a large race month for Ohio! We do get people coming in for new race outfits and gels however so it keeps it busy but nowhere near how busy January-April can be!

Working at a running store, entitles me to seeing a lot of different products professionals are developing to enhance the runner.

However, with some of these products there is also the underlying question “is this truly necessary?”

So I thought it would be fun to talk about some of the products that I see day-to-day, and really talk about if these products are necessary!

Body Glide

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The store sells a lot of body glide. I probably sell at least 20 sticks a week to people. Do you know what is better than body glide?


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Yes, vaseline is the exact same thing as body glide, the difference being the price. You can get a jar of vaseline (13 oz) for about $2.99. That jar will last you a long time as well! At the store we sell a 15 oz tube for $20! Look at the money you could be saving!

Nip Guards

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Have you ever seen the really gross pictures of men who have been running and their nipples have chaffed? Not attractive at all!

If only they were wearing nip guards! Nip guards seem like a great idea but what about a band-aid? They are loads cheaper (nip guards cost about $8 for 20; whereas band-aids cost about $8 for 100!) and they get the job done!

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Just make sure to bring extra on your run! I always say I would rather be over prepared than underprepared!

SPF Shirts

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I am a strong believer in staying safe in the sun. However, buying a shirt with SPF makes no logical sense to me!

I have done research on these shirts before, over time (about 50 or so washes) the shirts will lose the protection in which the company has claimed it to have!

Before buying one of these shirts I would say do some research to make sure what you are buying will sustain for a while!

Different cushioning systems for socks

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Socks are my worst enemy.

If you have blisters, like me, you should be investing in a good pair of socks! The claims that are made on some socks, more breathable, arch support, blister free, etc, are all things that should be tried out before you go and race. By testing out the socks you will be able to see which socks work best for you and which socks are not worth the price. The bottom of your feet are very important especially if you are running long distance so by having great socks you should have a better run! 🙂

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Having great shoes with bad socks is not a great idea, having great shoes with great socks will make the shoes feel even better! Trust me. Spend the money on those socks and talk with the people at the running store about the socks, they should know exactly how to direct you in the right direction!

Foam Roller

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Yes. Yes. Yes. This $20-30 investment will make your body love you after a run! It might seem weird to buy a piece of foam, however, this foam is going save your legs and your back and your butt and every other body part! Use this guide once you make this awesome purchase!

I really hope this helps in your future running purchases!

Your Turn

What are some products that you think are necessary to have when running? 

What is one product that you always need to have? 

5 thoughts on “Is This Necessary?

    • I totally believe in compression socks. After a long run or a hard run the blood flowing in your body can have a hard traveling back up to the heart. By having a compression sock the compression of the sock will allow for the blood to move better through the veins and allow to circulate to the heart. Make sure if you are buying compression socks 1. the person helping you measures your calf to make sure you are getting the right size. You don’t want it too tight and you don’t want it loose either. 2. Make sure when you buy the sock to read if it is specific for during your run or for recovery. 2XU (a specific brand) actually has the socks for both running and recovery. CEP and Pro Compression are two great brands as well to try! I hope this helps!!

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