My absolute two favourite running accessories
Living in Ottawa, Canada means that I am blessed with four seasons. My favourite season, for many reasons, is fall. Running year round means having a collection of gear, accessories, seasonal clothing and a multitude of tried and true tips/tricks that I’ve learned over the years.
I love the running community! It is a place where everyone runs for different reasons, has their own motivation and goals. Some are just starting out, others have been running their whole lives. It is a community where we share experiences, knowledge and simply the joy or love for running. I know a number of recreational runners. However, most of the runners I hang out with have a schedule, are training towards a specific goal/race and have acquired a lot of stuff! Let’s face it, there is a ton of amazing running gadgets, gear, equipment, clothing, etc. that just makes running better!
I run outside all year round, this means I’m exposed to all kinds of weather conditions. I have a hard time finding sunglasses that fit properly (What can I say, I have unique facial features 😉 ). I came across Sundog Eyewear Sunglasses at a race expo and immediately fell in love with the fit. I found them late fall and wore them throughout the winter!
helps keep wind and snow out of my eyes (vented so they do not fog up)
My past sunglasses have fogged up during some cold winter conditions, but the Sundog sunglasses were vented just right and did not fog up.
I purchased two more pair at the next expo and haven’t worn a different brand since. I now have several pairs, in a variety of styles and colours. Every pair is awesome and allows me to match with headbands, etc. when I feel like it. (seriously I’m not usually a girly girl or do I care to be all matchy matchy but with running if I can, why not)!
There are a host of other reasons to love Sundog Sunglasses. Sundog is committed to offering outstanding value, impeccable styling, dependability and superior protection from the elements. I have found all of these things to be 100% true!
They are passionate about style but driven to provide their customers with the very best in eye protection and focus on being a leader when it comes to technology. I’ll leave the details of their technology to them by encouraging you to read about the technology behind their lenses.
I will say that there is an obvious difference in their lenses. I often forget I’m even wearing sunglasses. They simply provide more visual clarity than anything I have ever worn before.
I recently decided to try their more casual line of sunglasses. I love the look of the aviator sunglasses but could never find a pair to fit properly. They are always too big for my face, either overpowering my face or fitting too loose to fit securely. I now have 3 pairs of aviator style sunglasses from Sundog and all three pair fit beautifully and I feel good wearing them.
So whether I’m running, driving, walking the dogs or simply out enjoying the sunshine, I can be found sporting a pair of Sundog Sunglasses.
Heart Rate Monitor
Something perhaps unknown about me, is I have a weird obsession with numbers. Even during mundane tasks I catch myself counting. So it’s no surprise to me that I also like numbers when it comes to running. I like to track my kilometres throughout the year/month/week. I appreciate knowing what my current pace is and my average pace after a long run. I use the Runkeeper app to track my distance during a run and to keep a record of my overall km’s. I also use my Garmin to monitor my pace during my runs. Most recently I’ve been keeping a record of my heart rate during my training runs. I love learning more about myself and how I can improve. My latest “gadget/accessory” is the Mio Strapless Heart Rate Monitor. I never ran with a heart rate monitor, as the few times I attempted to, I had to use one with a strap and I would chafe. After discovering the Mio Heartrate Monitor I am now consistently using it to monitor my training zones and to get more out of my training. I was able to pair the Mio heart rate monitor with Runkeeper so now my heart rate details are also being logged. The monitor has the ability to monitor my heart rate, track calories burned, track distance, speed and pace. It can also be linked to a variety of apps (using bluetooth 4.0 transmission), it can be used as a watch or as a timer. Also, it has a battery life of 20hrs. Speaking of holding a charge, how easy is this to charge the monitor?!
USB plugs easily into your computer (or anywhere reallY)
Mio Heart Rate Monitors also play well with others! Here is a list of apps that are compatible: Apps
However, it isn’t necessary as there is a Mio Go App that you can pair with your wristband to track your heart rate, pace and distance, including a map and other cool features. I’m still in transition from using some old favourites and discovering all the cool features of this new amazing equipment. Find out how you can train smarter with a Mio Heart Rate Monitor: Why is Heart Rate Training Important?
I have a small wrist and was not sure how the band was going to fit. Turns out you wear it a little higher on the forearm. It is very comfortable and I forget I’m wearing it. The face of the band is large enough to see a variety of the features available. The Mio Go App will allow you to explore even more features. There are simply way too many things about this heart rate monitor that I love to get into but seriously, go check out their website and have a look around.
Worth mentioning is the blue, green and red light that is easily visible while I’m running. It tells me when I’m running below (blue), within (green) and above (red) my target heart rate zones. This helps me to adjust my run accordingly just with a glance down at my wrist.
I absolutely love the possibilities of this heart rate monitor to enhance all my training needs! I was so impressed with this product that I reached out to the company and became an ambassador! You can order a heart rate monitor of your choice here: Mio Global. (see below on how you can save 25%)
I truly love both of these products and believe in them so much that I asked for a special discount for my readers to try for themselves. Message me if you’d like to get the discounts.
Full Disclosure: After purchasing 3 pairs of Sundog sunglasses I was provided with a few pairs to do a review on. In addition I was provided with the heart rate monitor to do an honest review and have since become an ambassador.