Friday Five: Spring Running Must-Haves!

It’s Friday, so I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the new Friday Five 2.0. The theme this week is “Spring Running.” I’m a big fan of spring running and racing – aren’t you? Spring is short here in Chicago, so I try to enjoy every step. I am gearing up and getting ready.

5 Spring Running Must-Haves

Got these cool shades from Oakley!

1. A Good Pair of Shades – The nice folks from Oakley sent me these awesome Moonlighter shades. They are retro styled, great for petite faces and have great UV protection. I’m excited to wear these on many spring and summer runs!

2. CEP Compression Ultralight Socks– I love to wear CEP Compression long socks for races and long runs. These Ultralite socks are light enough for the warm weather and still have the same great compression as the regular CEP socks. It’s a win-win!

3. Body Glide – It may not be summer, but it’s still warm and I sweat A LOT. For spring races and long runs, I swear by Body Glide (review) to prevent chafing and blisters. The nice folks at Body Glide sent me new Skin Glide Anti-Chafe Cream. This formulation is grease-less and good for sensitive skin. It’s also great for preventing blisters and rubbing in post race flip flops and summer shoes. That’s a win-win! Full review coming soon.

4. SPIBelt– It seems like my spring running gear has few pockets, so I use my SPIBelt (and/or my HB Tune hand carrier) to stow my phone, cash and cards. This old friend stands the test of time.

5. Run GumIf you’ve been around here, you know that I love Run Gum performance gum (review). I don’t drink coffee before long runs and races, but I love the caffeine boost I get from Run Gum. The gum comes in 3 great flavors – cinnamon, mint and fruit. Get $5 off your first order if you use this link. Also, enter to win 2 boxes of Run Gum (+ other awesome prizes) in my Blogiversary giveaway through 4/25 HERE.

What are your Spring Running Must-Haves?

Have a great weekend!

Please note: I received some of these products at no cost, but I was not otherwise compensated to mention them. I use all of these products and recommend them. All opinions are my own. This post contains Amazon and Run Gum affiliate links. I will receive a small commission if you use them.



  1. Jeffrey says:

    Those CEP’s could be a must have, I’m thinking it might be a hot summer!! Lets hope I’m WRONG!

  2. I am a major coffee drinker but I have never tried that gum. Do you run while chewing it? Or is is something you do before your run? The flavors sound tasty.

  3. Amy Lauren says:

    I don’t really have any must haves… been running for 7 years now so I already own most of what I need for the sport. But I do love compression socks, they have really helped my ankle when I put them on post-run.

  4. Kimberly G says:

    I use the regular body glide, but I need to try some of their other products. Thanks for the reminder! The anti-chafe cream sounds good!

  5. I’ve been thinking about a new pair of Oakley’s myself they are the best

  6. I am not sure I can run and chew gum at the same time! LOL! I am loving all the sunshine!

  7. I need those CEP socks. Alex and I both need them for work!

  8. There is so much buzz about rungum. Glad to hear you are loving it! Might have to finally give it a go.

  9. Yes to Body Glide. I would love to try the anti-chafe cream.

  10. Deb E says:

    I’m looking forward to your Body Glide review. I ‘ve never used it but my heal sometimes gets blisters rubbing against my shoe, so I should consider it. I think it might be my socks though, lol. Love those Oakley shades. I always need a bandana in my hand for sweat when I run.

  11. Brandon Sparks says:

    I have just started running this year and yes these are a must…

  12. Amber Ludwig says:

    Love these!! I need a SPIbelt!! Ive been eyeing them up since your giveaways with SDRunner!!

  13. Marcia says:

    I like the idea of lighter weight compression! Those Oakleys are cool!

  14. Georgette Coan says:

    Sweet Oakley’s! Flashback to the 80’s!

  15. AmyC says:

    Those glasses! I really need a pair for running…that don’t slip and slide or steam up. 😉 My Spring must-have is anything lightweight and airy to keep me cool when running in the rising temps & humidity.

  16. Rachel says:

    Those Oakleys are sick. And I swear by Skin glide, too. It’s much better than the stick in my opinion!

  17. With shorts season in full-gear Body Glide is a must!

  18. Jen Ha says:

    very cool

  19. Calvin F. says:

    very innovative products!

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