Friday Five: Runfessions… My Summer Run Must-Haves

It’s Friday, so I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for Friday Five 2.0. The last Friday of the month is a “free” day, so I’m doubling down and linking up with Marcia for the August “Runfessions,” too! Runfessions are running truths or “where runners bare their souls and soles.”

As I get more mature in my running [read: older], I find myself getting pretty set in my ways. This is especially true in summer when it’s hot and humid. I get all Goldilocks on gear and accessories – everything has to be just right.

I runfess that this summer, I have to have these five essential needs for all of my outdoor runs:

Smokey selfie! Oakleys and HB Tune in use!

1. Sunglasses – I’ve been rocking these awesome Oakley Moonlighters this summer. From the Grand Canyon to the Lakefront Path, they’ve served me pretty well!

I love my HB Tune. In fact, I’ve used it so much that it’s finally getting kind of smelly. I just ordered a new one!

2. My Podcasts/Camera – I’ve been much less serious/competitive with my running this summer, so I’ve taken lots of pics and listened to many podcasts and Audible books. I couldn’t do it without my HB Tune Phone Carrier and headphones. With friends, I just carry the phone, talk and ask make my friends take pictures when the mood strikes.

3. Fuel – On shorter runs, I’ve been going with Run Gum for the extra caffeine boost. On longer runs, I’ve been doing Run Gum to start and then Honey Stinger Chews. I also tried (and shared) the Ginger Ale Clif Shot Bloks that I got from The Feed  and they were a hit. [I love Run Gum so much that I’m an ambassador. See my review here.]

It takes a village… to stop chafing! (Not me in the pics.)

4. Chafe-less gear – Not to jinx myself, but I’ve been pretty chafe free this summer. I have raced less which helps. Also, I’ve been rocking the Body Glide and have found two new shorts that don’t chafe. Check out these awesome 5 inch Pocket Shorts from Belcorva and these amazing two-in-one Swift Shorts from Senita Athletics.

It takes a village!

5. All the recovery tools – I’ve been fighting a mean case of plantar fasciitis in my heels. I think I’m on the road to recovery, but I’ve pulled out all of the stops with tools. I’m loving my “orb” roller ball, Go-Fit Polar Foot Roller, CEP Compression Plantar Fasciitis Sleeves and house slippers. Oh, and lots of epsom salts have been used, as well!

I runfess… this post makes me feel a bit high maintenance. Well, I have to take care of myself – right!? Maybe the cooler weather will help me to return to my former scrappy self? Doubtful, but I’ll go with that for today!

Go on and runfess – what are your summer running must haves this year?

Have a great weekend, friends!

PS. Don’t forget my great giveaways!



  1. Kimberly G says:

    I’ve been loving RunGum on my long runs recently . I need the extra caffeine boost that early in the morning lol

    My running must haves at the moment are my Handful Bras, Oiselle Roga shorts, and my Spyder tank. And my running sunglasses disappeared, so while I normally would have the hat and the sunnies, I have to opt for one or the other (and the new sunglasses are just bigger all around because they were from an event)

  3. i love my Oakley’s too they last forever and never fall off while running or biking

  4. Marcia says:

    I like Run Gum for those late miles when the run is really old and I’m struggling. It’s like an amuse bouche.

  5. Amy Scott says:

    I hope your plantar gets better! I have a foot roller that I use on the soles of my feet, although I’ve never had plantar. It just feels really good. My biggest summer running essential is definitely sunscreen!

  6. The Gingerale clif shots sound good. I like the clif shots before a run but can’t seem to be able to chew and swallow while running!

  7. Deb E says:

    I was using my foot massage balls last night and will have to try the GoFit FootRoller. Mine are actually half a ball (!) and don’t roll, so perfect for digging into the ball and heel, like trigger point therapy–feels wonderful. It will be triple-digit heat again this weekend, so my must haves are very lightweight running clothes and the sense to get it all done early before the sun starts baking things!

  8. Erin says:

    I’m super intrigued by those Belcorva shorts. Do you think they’d send me a pair to try and review for my blog??

  9. Rachel says:

    Not high maintenance — you just know what you like! As I get more mature (ahem) in my running, I find I know what I like, too. It kinda makes it easier to run, no?? 🙂

  10. I have battled PF in the past (summer of 2015 & summer of 2016) and it’s a bear. Most of my pain was in the heel as well (my left foot in 2015 & the right foot in 2016). Thankfully, I have had zero issues this year (that is, up until my surgery at the end of June)…but I always tape both of my arches for long runs/races (anything over 10 miles) as a precautionary measure.

  11. Lisa Brown says:

    Agree on the anti-chafe… so important!

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