I’m not saying this stuff didn’t exist in my early running days, but when I returned to my life after 4 years of having my head down in Peppa-Pig land and being a place for my children to stick the stickers off their bananas, I re-surfaced and noticed a few weird things about running.
- Everyone’s wearing compression everything? Calf-sleeves, arm-sleeves, I’ve got some but not even entirely sure I completely know why?
- Food? When I trained for New York marathon, I never ate anything. I took a gel during the event at mile 19 and regretted it immediately. Why am I seeing people taking gels, jelly beans, chocolate-covered-coffee-beans on less than 20k runs? Should I be doing this too? Is it necessary, or just a nifty excuse to snack? Also valid
- The range of SHOES! Barefoot, to all different kinda drops, to hokas… Back then I swear it was just, er, trainers? Even I’m running in sandals mostly, what’s that all about?
- Buffs and head-gear stuff. Now, buffs are awesome. But they are leaving me with the naggin’ wonder of how I ever lived without them?
- Hydration gear! Back in the early 00’s I was stashing plastic bottles in strategic places and looping back on runs to try and find the correct bush. I didn’t even know there were other options!
- Garmins. I was very reluctant to buy any gear (especially after I asked a friend his running plans for the week and he told me he didn’t know, as the Garmin site was down). I wanted to be a low-tech runner, but last week I got me a Garmin, succumbing after the millionth person recommended one to me. After an embarrassing couple of days where I couldn’t even work out how to plug the thing in to charge, I decided that, charged, the thing is more demanding than a child. It bleeps at me all hours of the day and night and is constantly asking me questions I don’t know how to answer. I also have literally no idea how to even get to the stage that the manual starts instructions from. I am going to wear it tonight anyway, as everyone else has got one