With the Cowtown marathon coming up in a couple of weeks, here are three picks to make your run a fun one:
CUSHY CLOGS: A successful run starts with the perfect shoe, and the perfect shoe must be comfortable. The Glycerin 8 works with a plethora of different running styles by providing a customized experience with maximum cushioning with a piece of tech called “Brooks DNA.” This cushioning technology disperses pressure based on the amount of force you place on your foot, allowing for a more customized run based on weight, speed and force of impact. For Women and Men. (Brooks Glycerin 8 Shoe -- $130)
KEEP UP THE PACE: Runners need an easy to read watch during a race so they won’t have to calculate mile splits in their head. The Forerunner 305 has a highly sensitive GPS receiver that calculates speed, distance and pace and is essential for keeping track of your training for the upcoming marathons. It has three main data screens, which you can customize from up to 12 different data fields, that allows you to quickly glance down during your run and see how far you've gone or if you’re off pace. Plus, there is no need for a personal trainer when you can keep track of your performance on the free Garmin Connect community website. In fact, the watch itself stores information from up to 200 workouts. The watch also comes with a wireless heart rate monitor, is water resistant and has a battery life of about 10 hours. With some running watches costing almost $400, this watch is perfect bargain for a beginner who wants a watch that is easy to operate. (Garmin Forerunner 305 -- Around $200)
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DRY DUDS: This Nike shirt, with mesh panels at your shoulders and underarms to allow for ventilation when running, will stop painful chafing toward the end of your run. Plus, Nike’s “Dri-FIT” technology wicks sweat away from body to keep you cool and comfortable -- and not as stinky. The shirt also has a loop at the center of the back for your iPod, so you don’t have to worry about the cords distracting you during your run. In addition to the sleek look, the shirt is durable and can be thrown in the washing machine without a thought. (Nike Dri-FIT Pacer Runner Shirt -- Available in Womens and Mens -- Around $30)