Goody ones, or sometimes a similar Nike version. I find that as long they have some sticky material and fit snugly, without being too tight, they work. You don't need anything expensive or fancy. Oh, and I save the Emi Jay-type for barre classes and running errands, not running miles. They tend not to stay well for high-impact exercises.
C9 by Champion pair at Target for less than $20. The important thing is that they stay put (i.e. don't fall off when you tilt your head down).
3. Sports bra
4. Flowy, sleeveless top
Brooks Women's Distance Singlets and it's super comfortable.
Unless it's really cold, (I live in Florida; that's rare.) I hardly ever run in pants. Getting hot while running in my Achilles' heel, and it's amazing how much heat pants can trap. The rule of thumb when running is to dress like it's about 20 degrees warmer than it actually is outside.
Just like with tops, when shorts ride up it's extremely annoying. The key is finding shorts that are long enough. I found a pair similar to the ones above at T.J. Maxx for half the price you would pay on the Brooks website or at a fancy running store. And, shocker, I also like the C9 by Champion shorts at Target. They're basically a copy of the very popular Nike Tempo Track shorts of which I own about a half dozen pairs. But I think the C9 version is more comfortable because they have more room, and when you have a little junk in the trunk, you need the extra room!
6. Compression calf sleeves
These adidas Recovery Compression Calf Sleeves have been a major game changer! I was struggling with shin splints, but after I started running in these, most of the pain went away. I was shocked. Apparently compression technology promotes circulation and stabilizes muscles. Of course ice is also really helpful!
7. Asics GEL-Kayano
I was a Nike-for-life person until about six years ago, when a salesman at Racquet & Jog in Tyler suggested I try Asics. I loved the Kayanos as soon as I tried them on. Last year, I went to a running store to have my form analyzed on a treadmill. They suggested I try the Asics Nimbus; I ran in those last year, but they weren't the same. I'm back to the Kayano 20- it's the 20th anniversary of the shoe. Still love them!
8. Tiger Balm
An old tried-and-true pain-relieving balm from my swimming days - It doesn't feel too hot or too cold on the skin and it lasts.
9. Foam roller
I've used a foam roller at the gym for awhile, but buying one was definitely worth it. I read recently it helps to foam roll muscles before you run, and that really does help. I also use it after I run and anytime my muscles feel sore or tight.
10. Energy Chews
When it comes to food, I'm a texture person, so I can't imagine eating Gu Energy Gel. I prefer the chews, including Honey Stinger, Jelly Belly Sport Beans and Clif Shot Bloks. You really only need these on long runs to help replace carbs and electrolytes.
I would love to hear suggestions on what running gear has worked for you!