Want to know what I love?
Yeah, I didn't think so.
We, as bloggers, love to share the things we like so others can buy them, especially if said things are ones we got for free. After all, if you buy them, then it justifies the fact that we got them for free. But, rarely do we talk about the things we don't like. The running gear that just isn't worth it - even if it were free.
While I haven't been sent something lately to even consider hating, there are a few things that I've purchased that don't just cut the Body Glide.
Gu Roctane. I'm fairly certain that I'm moving away from Gu entirely (though that is a potential post for a future date on which you might care) but even if I was downing gels, I would not be taking Roctane. The line from Gu Energy is an advanced formula to give endurance athletes an edge. The gels are supposed to reduce muscle damage, slow acid build up, maintain concentration and increase rate at which carbohydrates are converted to energy. The only thing the Roctane gels do for me, though, is make me feel sick to my stomach and give me that "I had to many cocktails" taste in my mouth.
Large handhelds. It can be nice on these hot, humid summer days to have a large quantity of water at the ready. Even shorter runs, during which a runner might not wear a belt or vest, 16 ounces or more of water could be required, leaving a person to grab a handheld. There are a number of bottles on the market that are 20 ounces, 22 - even 24. When these bottles are full, though, they become heavy and can overfatigue the shoulders and cause tightness, soreness and altered gait. After all, you aren't going to run with 2-pound weights in your hands. A better option is to do a loop route with a bottle at a safe spot, plan around drinking fountains or take a belt with just one or two bottles.
Running skirts. They are cute and everyone raves about them. But, for my shorts eating thighs, running skirts always manage to rub me the wrong way. Don't get me wrong - I've tried to love them, especially as my BFF got me a very cute one to wear when we did Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans. Not one to let good running clothes go to waste, I put it on - and still do - but almost always save it for short runs. Otherwise I'm testing the limits of public decency and my pain threshold.