Running and fitness tech chat from the least likely of people

Tracker: Garmin Forerunner 35

The FR35 has built in GPS which is an absolute redline for me—I don't trust my phone's battery to last for more than an hour of tracking so I can't use a phone app alone or a wearable like the Blaze that needs to piggyback from the phone's GPS.

Buy it here: Garmin FR 35 on Amazon

Headphones: YurBud Inspire 100

The idea for You Don't Look Like a Runner came from Nick and I constantly trying to find the perfect Bluetooth headphones for running—and failing. Controversially I've given up on Bluetooth and I'm back on the cables. At the time of writing I've been using a Pair of YurBud 100s for a year. They sound ok, grip the ear well, and let in enough ambient noise to keep me running safely.

Buy some: YurBud Inspire 100 on Amazon

Clothes

Someone told me I need to wear compression shorts to help my legs recover from longer runs. I need to ask Nick to check this with the scientists. I'm not ready for tights though, so this has created a problem for me which is that I have got into wearing compression lined shorts which are basically like cycle shorts with a vanity short on top. It's actually super hard to find compression lined shorts without breaking the bank. I'm currently rocking some Adidas ones which are hideous (the fluorescent orange compression lining sticks out 2 inches from the bottle green vanity shorts) but I'm finding the pockets on them super useful. My favourite technical t-shirt is my Birmingham Half Marathon finisher's top—I like a technical fabric but I find a lot of tops in the shops are too damn fussy with panels and zips. This is just a boxy t-shirt made of technical fabric. Fine job.

Shoes

My first "proper" running shoes were Brooks GTS Adrenalin 12s. I started running with my previous standard shoe which was the entry level Reebok which was good and wide and cheap (usually £25 a pair) but started getting some pain as I upped my miles. A gait analysis showed that I over-pronate and need a support shoe. The GTS is a good supportive shoe, and it comes in EE fitting which suits my wider foot.

Buying good shoes was probably the first point of cognitive dissonance I had with running. It seemed like a daft investment, and going to the shop for a fitting seemed like something I shouldn't do because, well, I don't look like a runner. Suck up your impostor syndrome and go get fitted. It is worth sinking some cash into your shoes. It'll help your performance, it will save your feet, but most importantly it'll save your knees. Oh, and track their mileage and don't be afraid to bin them every 500 or so miles. Running is super cheap as a sport, but it ain't free.

Broadly I've stuck with Brooks but found there to be some quality issues in the more recent model years so I've been trying other models. I tried the New Balance 860v7 which I had fitted in the shop but they barely lasted 100 miles so I'm back on the Brooks for now. I've just picked up some Asics GT 2000 5s which my local running shop gave me in exchange for the New Balance. I'll be honest I've not run in them yet but they're nice shoes for knocking around in the park.

Buy some: Asics GT 2000 5 and Brooks GTS 16