Friday, February 6, 2009

My Basket of Tricks

Ok, I'll admit it, I'm a little light on material right now. So what do I do when I don't have time to compose a proper blog post? I make a list. I have this "running supplies basket". I keep it on top of the fridge for easy access to all of my little gadgets and whatnots for running. I tend to misplace things so this system helps me a lot. Maybe if you're new to running this will help you figure out some of the stuff you might need. My basket contains: 1. Fuel Belt (4 bottle) + little bottles 2. Fuel Belt (1 bottle) - missing bottle 3. Nike running hat - white 4. Tensor bandages (4) 5. Fruit punch Gatorade Powder 6. Lululemon Running Gloves 7. Ryders Eyewear white running shades 8. Small container Vaseline 9. Garmin heart rate monitor 10. Strawberry Clif Shot Bloks Electrolyte Chews (2 packages) 11. Reflective armband with flashing lights 12. Headlamp 13. Small Ziplock bag of safety pins 14. Hair elastic 15. Mostly eaten travel-sized package of Tums 16. Keychain safety Whistle 17. iPod cord 18. Garmin Forerunner 405 owner's manual 19. PowerBar Sport energy bar - Cookies 'n' Cream (expired) 20. Salbutamol inhaler 21. Small flashing light (no battery) 22. Small case for digital voice recorder (which is missing by the way) and cord That's it. I'd be curious to know if anyone thinks I should add (or delete) anything...

11 comments:

Lybbe said...

I think you should eat the cookies 'n cream bar right now before it gets any more expired.

Michael said...

Hmm, makes me think. I always carry the chewable ginger Gravol on marathon days. I tend to get pretty nauseous at around mile 22 and I've found it helps if I chew 2 or 3 starting at about mile 14. Good post. Mike

roentgen said...

What about a race belt that is able to hold race bibs? I found that extremely useful, and saves my running gear from damage by safety pins :)

Nicole said...

Good idea Roentgen - I've heard of these but I've never seen one. I'll have to Google this :)

roentgen said...

Hi Nicole, you can find many online, though they are of varying quality. I was surprised that some of the bigger brands have race belts that don't work well. My favourites are the simple plain generic black ones that sell at low prices during race expos. You should check those out. They have semi-circular plastic holders that are adjustable and anchor the bib nicely. You can see an example here at http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/3MJzqf49INLFAzox804srQ?feat=directlink

Happy Running! :)

Dan Cummings - Running Realtor said...

Nice reminder for me... While I was running the Miami Marathon a few weeks ago I was thinking I need to make a marathon check list so I don't forget anything when packing or when getting ready the morning of the race.

Stuart said...

How big is this basket more worryingly how big is your fridge!

Nicole said...

Its really not that big (maybe 18" x 18" x 6" tall). Normal sized fridge. Contents are highly compacted.

Petraruns said...

You make me laugh - I really like the fuel belt missing fuel - that's like my running basket in the front hall... It's kind of almost all there... Good thinking about the tums and Michael's comment - I feel quite nauseous towards the end of marathons so this is definitely worth thinking about.

jeannie said...

Great list - so many things i didn't know about regarding gadgets for running.

Drusy said...

What about your mobile phone! And dog biscuits, lead and poo bags. I gave up with my garmin and just use the nike+ but sometimes I forget to put the receiver back on after I charge it. And I've got two dead sensors now in my basket... I should throw them away!