In a shocking turn of events, I'm running the New York City Marathon in November. I say this because up until a couple of years ago, I had never run more than three miles in my life, and even that felt like the most daunting task in the world. In fact, I hated running—I used to try to get excused from running the mile in gym class, and I even cried during the PACER test once.
I picked up running during the pandemic when my yoga studio closed and I would have had to rearrange my entire Manhattan apartment to even fit a yoga mat on the floor. It's my one pandemic hobby that stuck, and here I am three years later training to run 26.2 miles.
As someone who never really ran before 2020, figuring out what works for me to feel my best during and after running has been half the battle. There are so many things that I've added to my running routine that I've never even thought of before, like energy gels, compression sleeves, and a water bottle I can take with me on runs.
My friend and I joke that we've ordered something new for our training schedules every day, and it's not not true. Keep reading for every beauty and wellness product that's made my life infinitely better since I started training. Every product on this list is something I actually use and have tested extensively on long runs, and I advocate for all of them.
After trying many, many sunscreens on my runs, this is my absolute favorite. It's sweatproof, absorbs quickly, and keeps my skin protected even during long runs. It also doesn't sting my eyes or make my skin feel greasy.
For a while, I had a handheld running water bottle, but it always annoyed me. I don't like holding something while I run (even if it's strapped to my hand). This waist pack has been a game changer for me. It stays in place, it's easy to use during a run, and it's also a bit bigger than the water bottle I had, so I don't need to fill up as often.
I take some form of energy to replenish my system every 30 minutes, and this is my favorite flavor of Gu—it tastes like brownie batter.