Running is actually one of the most inexpensive hobbies you can have! Trails and sidewalks are free to use, and the only piece of equipment you really need is a pair of good, supportive running shoes. Of course, that's not to say your experience can't be enhanced by a few useful running products.

1. Hand-Held Water Bottle

Staying hydrated out on the trail is absolutely crucial to your stamina as well as your overall health. Water bottles come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Some include two smaller bottles attached to a special belt to keep things secure and within reach. This Hydration Belt from Nike is only $30.00 and holds 20 ounces! The Nathan ExoShot 2.0 is another great option with its collapsible design and an extra pocket for carrying other fuel to get you through your run. 

man bends down to tie his running shoes on a tree-lined paved trail. 2. Running Gloves with Touchscreen Capabilities

Here in Michigan, we are no strangers to braving the cold. Some extra layers might be necessary, but there's no reason to let the snow put a damper on your running goals. Protecting your hands from the elements can help keep you warm all over, and we love being able to use our smartwatch and our phones without having to awkwardly use our teeth to pull off our gloves mid-run. Enter: New Balance Lightweight Touchscreen Running Gloves. The fleece provides warmth without the bulk of wool and the thumb and forefinger are compatible with any touchscreen device.

3. A New Alternative to Ill-Fitting EarbudsShokz headphones

We have all been there: mid-workout, jamming out to music, and a headphone falls out. While Airpods are all the rage, runners might be yearning for something a little more equipped for on the go. The Shokz OpenRun Headphones are bone-conduction headphones that sit above your ears. Not only do they offer eight hours of battery life, a more secure fit, and resistance to rain and sweat, but their bone-conduction technology allows you to hear the ambient noise around you. Think warning yells, traffic, car horns, and other things that might alert you to a possible hazard. These might be the only headphones we've ever seen that help keep you safe on you run!

4. High Quality Running Socks

Pedestal Running SocksInvesting in your socks can help you avoid stinky feet, blisters, and other foot problems associated with running. We've talked about our top picks for running socks before, and we think that's a blog worth checking out! The important thing to note is to pick a sock with synthetic fibers, a good fit, and appropriate padding. 

5. Smart GPS to Track Your Runs and Avoid Getting Lost

The Garmin Forerunner 945 offers a no-nonsense approach to GPS watches for runners. Color map displays, built-in songs for running, step counting, and heart-rate tracking are just a few of the special features. Is it a little pricey? Sure. But reviews rave that it is built to last and exceedingly more helpful for avid runners than the average smartwatch. 

6. Pre- and Post-Run Tools for Foot HealthTheraband Foot Roller

There are myriad options for taking care of your feet as a runner. If you are dealing with heel pain, the Theraband Foot Roller will be a wonderfully effective addition to your stretching routine. Additionally, Pure Stride Insoles are high-quality, podiatrist-recommended over-the-counter inserts available right here in our office. These prefabricated inserts offer additional support during your runs and while you're working, chasing your kids, or running errands. Other tools available for runners at Freeland Foot and Ankle include taping (both Quick Tape and Kinesiology taping), Biofreeze, and professional expertise to keep you on your feet, running, and crushing your goals.

Serving Runners of Midland and Saginaw Counties, & Beyond!

Dr. Timothy Dailey, being a runner himself, knows how important it is to keep you running. If pain or an injury has you down, let the team at Freeland Foot and Ankle Clinic help through advanced treatments, compassionate care, and patient-centered care plans. Give us a call at 989-695-6788 or fill out our online contact form to connect with Mid-Michigan's favorite sports medicine podiatrist today!

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