Friday Five: My Favorite Running Brands

Today, I’m linking up with the Friday Five crew, Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney!  It’s been a while since I posted thanks to Rangar, work, and some silly injuries but this sounded like too much fun to miss!

Since coming back to running four years ago, I have become a loyal customer of several brands in the running industry.  And, I am lucky enough to serve as an ambassador for two of these companies!  So, here are my five favorite running brands!

1. Nuun Hydration:  I can’t believe that is was in 2013 that I submitted my application to run Hood to Coast with Nuun.  My video application gives you a pretty good understanding of how I fell in love with this product.  Since then, I continued as a Nuun Ambassador and I am now a member of Team Nuun!  If you are looking for electrolytes, this definitely is a product that you need to introduce to your life!  And, stay tuned because Nuun has some very exciting new announcements {aka new products!} in the near future!  Yes, that’s a total tease.

Nuun Hydration

2. Skirt Sports:  Thanks to Skirt Sports (Affiliate Link), I am an absolute convert to running skirts.  But, for those of you that are hesitant to run in a skirt, they offer a full line of sports bras, tops, capris, leggings… you name it!  And, aside from their awesome gear, I love that they really celebrate women athletes of all ages, shapes, and sizes.  Plus, I am so excited to announce that I am one of their newest ambassadors!  It’s so freaking cool to be a part of such an amazing organization of fearless women!

Skirt Sports discount alert!  Use ‘SSLRC20’ for a 20% discount!!

911 Heroes Run 2014

As you can see in this picture, I have my Skirt Sports (Affiliate Link), Brooks Running Pure Connect, and Pro Compression on for the win!

3. Brooks Running:  I love all things Brooks Running but I especially love their Pure Connects.  I have way too many pairs and just finally broke down and bought a new version of the 4s.  I do have a tendency to hesitate to get the latest and greatest but they haven’t disappointed me yet.  After dabbling in other brands, I have come to realize that I need the cushion and that little bit of arch support that these shoes offer.  Plus, I think there were improvements in the toe box along the way because my feet are just more and more happy with each version.

 My Ragnar teammates have a thing for Brooks too!

4. Garmin:  My love, hate relationship with Garmin is a thing of the past. Since, I received the 610 as a birthday gift from my hubby, it’s all love.  It’s battery life lasts for my relay obsession, it wirelessly syncs to Strava and allows me to program workouts.  Fingers crossed I can get over all these injury issues so that I can re-introduce some speed workouts again!

Garmin 610

5.  Pro Compression:  Speaking of injuries, I heart compression.  I wear it before, during and after runs.  I wear compression to bed, to work, you name it…


So, tell me, what are your favorite running brands?  Do you love any of the brands I  mentioned above?



  1. Kimberly G says:

    I totally agree with you about Nuun and PRO Compression. I'm also a big fan of Honey Stinger and Pro Bar for running fuel.

  2. Well since I'm Team Nuun too, you know I love it! I love Pro Compression and my Garmin as well 🙂 But I do have the apple watch coming to me next week so maybe that love affair will dwindle!
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  3. renaissancerunnergirl says:

    Oh, running skirts are so cute, but I'm always afraid the layers will feel too weird!

    • At first, I was a total skeptic when it can to running skirts. I'm a total convert though. I will admit that I also hate shorts… well any shorts that aren't compression. So, this is a perfect alternative!

  4. I’m with you on running skirts, they are a must for running!! Especially when it gets warmer. I’m still trying to find my perfect shoe, gah! It’s frustrating new styles keep coming out. Womp womp…
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  5. I love Nuun as well. I recently tried Nuun Energy for the first time and now use it throughout the day during work.
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  6. runawaybridalplanner says:

    I am a fan of Garmin, I don't live by it or use it all the time, but when I do I am glad to have it!
    One of these day's I am going to get a cute running skirt, hopefully sooner than later!!!
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  7. Courtney says:

    i'm drinking nuun right now! i've never tried brooks but i'm thinking i should 🙂
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  8. mainegirl2runs says:

    I am still "eyeing" that newest Garmin! I really want something that can track my cadence and foot strike?! Maybe after this summer I will invest in a newer one-a treat for myself!!
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  9. Oh me too. I love Nuun. Also, Garmin. Can't run without those two brands. Now those running shoes you got there… I think I'm going to check out Brooks Running one of these days.
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