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Just for fun: what’s your most unused running item/ gadget?

Millsie-J
Millsie-J

Following on from ju-ju- ‘s recent post about her running draw:

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I was thinking about all the things I have bought for running. Lots of us just love to have all things running related! Take a look at a few of FlickM3 or Jay66UK past posts (for example), on the subject!

So what is the least used running item/gadget you have succumbed to! Top of my head without even looking..... waterproof socks. I paid a small fortune for them but have NEVER worn them, not even broken them out of the wrapper two years later! I have no idea why I felt the need for them, I doubt I will ever wear them,

Come on, folks.....time to own up amongst forum friends 🤭

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Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate10

My new running shoes are going to go unused for a while. I’ll break them out when my current ones have done about 150k and run in them once a week so I can spot when the old ones die.

My running coat was deliberately bought off season and in the sale and I’ve not needed it yet.

I have a pair of Decathlon shorts that were too small. I ran W1 and 2 in them and bought new to stop me sounding like a Bee Gee. I might be heading towards that size at the moment though!

The biggie is my brace of water bottles - a 500ml and 250ml. Not used hardly at all. I suspect the longer runs might mean breaking out the small one at some point.

orangeguy
orangeguyGraduate10

A pair of shorts bought in haste online with some other stuff some years ago . . . they are just too short, its not a good look for a 61 year old 😂😂😂

Millsie-J
Millsie-J
in reply to orangeguy

😏

SaskAlliecat
SaskAlliecatGraduate10

Right about now, my running jacket. The few times I thought I needed it, it was peeled off in minutes. But I’m sure that will change in the next 2 months 😁.

I’ve just ordered some trekking poles to use while running some of my crazy @$$ hills on my trail runs (that cost as much as my shoes 🤫). I know they’ll only get used for certain trail runs but I’m planning on running the 20k trail race next year where they’ll most definitely be needed. So, hopefully they won’t become an unused item 🤞🙏🏻

BrianUK
BrianUKGraduate10

Lycra shorts. What was I thinking? 😳

Millsie-J
Millsie-J
in reply to BrianUK

🤣🤣

Tasha99
Tasha99Graduate10

My running visor. Too self conscious in it so opt for a mesh cap instead! Also knee supports for pain in c25k week 3 and 4 which I think didn’t help at all. Oh and a headband I look stupid in 😂

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Heart monitor that came with my Garmin..I figure as long as I can run, talk, and the heart is still beating..it's all good😉

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10
in reply to Oldfloss

I think I need to switch mine off too Oldfloss. A bit scary when the alert comes on.....

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator
in reply to Dexy5

Yep.. that is what would worry me :)

AnnieW55
AnnieW55
in reply to Dexy5

Just switch the alert bleep off and you'll be fine. As Oldfloss says, if your heart is beating you're good. I generally wear my monitor but with no heart rate alerts and on the odd occasion I don't wear it it takes a while to realise why the data field is empty 😊 plus when I record my stats in my diary it looks a bit bare without the HR readings.

TedG
TedGGraduate10
in reply to Dexy5

I’ve got my HR monitor disabled on my Garmin.....flippin’ alert keeps going, can’t handle it 😠😊

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10
in reply to TedG

It sounds like I’m not the only one this has happened to then. Mine went to the maximum rate for a 20 year old, and that I am not!

TedG
TedGGraduate10
in reply to Dexy5

I’m pushing 70 and If I were to keep within the HR zones I’d be either power walking or jogging at 15min miles 🙄

misswobble
misswobbleGraduate10
in reply to Oldfloss

I got one as a gift but I don’t bother with it either for the same reason as you 🙂

mrrun
mrrunGraduate10

I’m ashamed to admit that l only own a pair of new running shoes and a pair of battered ones, having read so many fashion statements. I only ever run in basketball gear which makes sense on my frame so not sure if that qualifies. The garment that l would be happy to burn in kerosene is a running jacket, a yellow hi-vis monstrosity. Jesus wept. You simply cannot put that thing over Boston Celtics top, that’s sacrilege.

Tasha99
Tasha99Graduate10
in reply to mrrun

😂

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator
in reply to mrrun

You most certainly cannot... you are the epitome of running Haute Couture :) xxx

TedG
TedGGraduate10
in reply to mrrun

Same here mrrun, I bought mine in the winter and the one time I wore it I was cooking......unless we have have arctic conditions it’ll stay in the wardrobe 😊

mrrun
mrrunGraduate10
in reply to TedG

Burn it, man, burn it!

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10

But daahling, one MUST rotate ones wardrobe. I mean, one simply CANT be seen in the same capris too often!

Seriously? I love almost everything I’ve got, and I have enough to keep me happy till it all wears out. It’s a bit of a joke really because my everyday clothes are skinny jeans I’ve had years, cheap as chips Primark leggings and a few jumpers and two summer tops.

I do have a running belt and a phone armband that don’t really use because I’ve replaced them with better. A lot of this is trial and error 😊

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator
in reply to FlickM3

Oooh I forgot my arm band.. only wore it twice because it kept slipping down my arm :)

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to Oldfloss

I don’t use my buff as much as I thought I would because after five minutes running it’s too hot.

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator
in reply to FlickM3

Wait until winter.... :) Ears..nose..head... neck... :)

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to Oldfloss

I was referring to winter! Haven’t worn it since February.😊

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator
in reply to FlickM3

Blimey..you are tough..mind..up her in t'North!!

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to Oldfloss

I live in Chipping Norton, highest town in the Cotswolds, and winters here are bleak and cold, ask TedG who knows 😊 but I have fantastically good circulation. I’m a cold body, always have been, it’s down to 18 degrees here and I’ve got a jumper on, but once I get moving, I warm up really quickly

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator
in reply to FlickM3

Okay ... you are hot stuff :) ( Can I I say that? I just did ) :)x

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to Oldfloss

Yeah, I’m still hot 🔥🔥🔥Now where are those Olivia Newton John facelift hair bands??? 🤩

misswobble
misswobbleGraduate10
in reply to FlickM3

Oh yeah armbands 😃. My husband bought me a Karrimor one which was too big and slid down all the time I got a Nike one for my new phone but it was too tight for the phone🙄

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to misswobble

I just bought a cheap one from eBay, £1.95 and free postage and it works perfectly

Irishprincess
IrishprincessGraduate10

Haha without doubt my collection of 80's headbands. I need to keep my hair from my face when I run and in the beginning I tried various ways of doing that "in style". I aimed for a carefree Olivia Newton-John look but they were usually so tight that they hurt my head within minutes and made me more resemble someone post face-lift surgery 😑

They're now lost in a drawer somewhere.....

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator
in reply to Irishprincess

I think I need to borrow those.. face lift needed :) x

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to Oldfloss

I was going to say the same ...

Irishprincess
IrishprincessGraduate10
in reply to Oldfloss

😂😂😑

Sutsha
SutshaGraduate10

I'm pretty careful about my purchases, which are usually well thought out and researched but...isn't there always a but... the mistakes in my cupboard include a water bottle you can slip your fingers through a hole in the middle - discovered I hate carrying anything, and thin shoe liners thinking they'd be cooler on my feet but no support/comfort whatsoever. I'm sneaking them pair by pair into my teenagers washing pile!

I had a few items that I already owned that let me try out before investing in new and improved things, such as my waterproof Muddy Fox cycling jacket, which is so waterproof I was wetter on the inside, so bought a breathable flyweight one in the sale. I also had Bluetooth wireless headphones with were cheap on Groupon that I used in the gym, I discovered that for running they would pull down where the controls were and constantly get stuck in my collar, so true wireless earphones replaced those.

I had also forgotten about my headband which I keep for spin class - Tasha99 has jogged my memory (see what I did there!) and I may give it a try instead of my cap on overcast days as my cap is very warm, but does protect from sun and rain alike.

This is a very interesting post, loving everyone's replies!

SaskAlliecat
SaskAlliecatGraduate10
in reply to Sutsha

Oh ya, I have one of those hand held water bottles. Used once, hated it, have no ide where it is. Now have 2 running belts (a single bottle and a double bottle) that I use all the time but am in the process of researching a hydration backpack vs a hydration vest for when I get to longer trail runs next year where a litre of water won’t be enough.

Sutsha
SutshaGraduate10
in reply to SaskAlliecat

I have a camel pack which I for for skiing and it's good, but the bag I have is too large for running, but I can look for a smaller backpack/hydration carry bag and save a few quid and get done value for money. Though if I remember clearly, one of the reasons I don't often use it for skiing is it takes a lot of cleaning out, carefully drying to avoid mold.

I'll be interested to see what you find.

SaskAlliecat
SaskAlliecatGraduate10
in reply to Sutsha

I had a backpack with a water bladder and when I went to use it for a hiking trip saw it was discoloured and didn’t use again so am definitely concerned about that. It was a cheapy so perhaps if I spend some “real” money on it, it’ll be better. Once I finalize something I’m sure i’ll put up a post but I’m trying to spread out my purchases and don’t need it this year so it might be a while yet.....or not 😆

Sutsha
SutshaGraduate10
in reply to SaskAlliecat

I know what you mean. I only bought one pair of short shorts as this weather will disappear on us overnight and we'll be digging out the winter jackets the following week. Running wish-list gets longer every day!

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator
in reply to SaskAlliecat

Discoloration can be more to do with the electrolyte tablets used. Many contain yellow dye that ends up staining the bladder. I prefer SIS Go for this very reason. Less or even no dye, no staining and no neon wee.

In the early days some of the tabs we were buying were even coming out of me in the bath from my sweat. We kept getting a neon ring which was a right pain to get rid of 🤣🤣

SaskAlliecat
SaskAlliecatGraduate10
in reply to GoGo_JoJo

I had only used water in the pack and the discolouration was dark. I tried everything I read on the internet without any success to get it clean. It was cheap to go with a daypack. I’ll buy another one for that pack which i only use for hiking, not running (too big and bulky).

Sutsha
SutshaGraduate10
in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Wow! Lethal dye...

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator
in reply to Sutsha

Once cleaned and dry store it in the freezer. Nothing will grow in there. My Camelbak stores well but the OHs Hydrapak discoloured abd smelled. It's in the freezer these days and problem gone.

Sutsha
SutshaGraduate10
in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Great idea! 😘

SaskAlliecat
SaskAlliecatGraduate10
in reply to Sutsha

So I’m leaning towards to Solomon Advanced Skin 5; great reviews (including our own ju-ju’s on the marathon forum), carries 2 soft flasks up front and can also carry a 1.5l hydration bladder. It’s expensive and it doesn’t come with the bladder (but does come with the 2 flasks). I won’t need it this year (or will make do without this year, is more like it) and hope I’m a good girl so Santa will combine my November birthday with Christmas and bring it for me then 😉.

Sutsha
SutshaGraduate10
in reply to SaskAlliecat

I'll take a look. I already have a bladder so that's good as I don't much fancy stuff at the front - I've got enough there to contend with!! 😘

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to Sutsha

The Bluetooth headphones I bought cut out my phone ringing- I mean even when I wasn’t using them. I had to reset my phone.

Sutsha
SutshaGraduate10
in reply to FlickM3

I've got to remember to disconnect mine. They automatically disconnect when you pop them in the case, but I usually analyse my stats when I get back so don't do it straight away. Then I wonder why my phone isn't working properly, I can't hear the person... of course it's going through to my earphones. #dippyblonde

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to Sutsha

LOL

Millsie-J
Millsie-J
in reply to FlickM3

I love my Bluetooth earphones, one of the best pressies ever.......as long as I remember to charge them......doh!

Joy57
Joy57Graduate10

Do you know, I think I use every bit of running gear I own, in rotation. Mind you, I don't own as much as some others (ahem, FlickM3 ) :)

Probably I need to get a waist band for phone etc as my armband does irritate a bit. Can someone re-post the link for good ones that was on here a few weeks ago?

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator
in reply to Joy57

Freetoo...on Amazon... or a Zikee if you want water bottles too, although Amazon had sold out...! Could be the heat 😉

Joy57
Joy57Graduate10
in reply to Oldfloss

Thanks Floss, I'll go and have a look now x

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to Joy57

😍😍😍

Joy57
Joy57Graduate10
in reply to FlickM3

(no offence) x

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to Joy57

I don’t mind 😀it all gets used, I get a lot of fun out of it and I won’t need to buy any more for years 😊 x

Sutsha
SutshaGraduate10
in reply to FlickM3

Yes, that'll happen 😉😘

I say whatever makes you happy and it's an investment in your health Flick.

I appreciate it's all said in jest and you are the "go to" girl for fun, colourful clothing and good quality gear (not to mention current sales).

Jay66UK is our non-clothing running gear expert. Between you, we've got it covered!

I'd never even heard of Tikiboo's...

So, thank you both xx

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to Sutsha

Hahaha 😜🤪

Ah, well, I buy very few normal clothes and don’t wear bright colours very often. I think running has released my inner woman and she appears to be a Lycra loving chav with a taste in garish designs 😂😂😂 xx

Lorijay
LorijayGraduate10
in reply to FlickM3

See I did say you were our forum fashionista, like Sutsha I have not heard half the brands until I read your posts. Keep on posting 😀😘

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to Lorijay

Fashionista, eh ... 😂 that’s a title I never thought to earn ❤️

Millsie-J
Millsie-J
in reply to Sutsha

I second that Sutsha! Last week I may have purchased a Garmin 235 following a Jay post 😇 i always take a look at Flick’s latest purchase..... who could resist such jewels😎

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to Millsie-J

Careful, it’s a slippery slope 😳🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️

mfamilias
mfamiliasGraduate10

The running light my children gave me for Christmas - I have never used it. I asked for it, too! I run in the lanes in the vineyards, and there is no street lighting at all. I'm scared that I'll meet a boar or trip over and not be found till the next morning. In other words, I'm a big wuss.

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator
in reply to mfamilias

No you are not, else you would have used it... when I first read this M'fam... I thought it said 'boat' xxxx Not a lot of boats in the vineyards I thought:) x

Ripcurlrana71
Ripcurlrana71Graduate10

My armband for my phone. Just way too big - never used and super impractical to operate the phone through!

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator
in reply to Ripcurlrana71

Totally agree..:)

limberlou
limberlouGraduate10
in reply to Ripcurlrana71

Yup me too, thought it would be a good idea. As soon as I flexed my considerably muscly biceps it unvelcroed. Never used it since.

Also my wireless headphones... but only cos I’ve put them in “ a nice safe place”....🙄

Sutsha
SutshaGraduate10
in reply to limberlou

Safe as houses 🤣

limberlou
limberlouGraduate10
in reply to Sutsha

There are so many things in “ a nice safe place “ in my house. One day I’ll find them all ....

Sutsha
SutshaGraduate10
in reply to limberlou

Giant boot/yard sale as you won't want half of it when it does turn up!

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to limberlou

I once found 60 quid I’d put under some of my tarot cards in a box. I think it was 6 months later

Ripcurlrana71
Ripcurlrana71Graduate10
in reply to limberlou

Bought for week1 of C25k!

limberlou
limberlouGraduate10
in reply to Ripcurlrana71

Yup !! Me too!!! Then my phone lived in my sports bra for the next couple weeks until I bought my flip belt. But it kept steaming up so I was a bit worried about keeping it there

Yes @Flick I AM Hotstuff too

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to limberlou

Yeah, we’ve still got it. We’re so hot we’re really cool ❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥

Teehee, up to now no end of different items, no one common thing!

Roll up roll up, keep them coming😉

Same as many others, the armband I bought for my phone! I bought it before I'd started running because that's what people seemed to use, though my frame of reference seemed to be based upon stock images of what I thought runners used. Now I realise it's too big, I have wee arms and had to take it in several inches, but even now that it fits it's just useless. I hate it.

I've also not used my flipbelt since the disastrous parkrun where it rode up round my middle. It's been eight months now, I just don't really need it.

Also, race tshirts that don't wick! What's the point in non technical tshirts. They just sit in my drawer. That long sleeve Winter Run t-shirt will never be worn ☹️

misswobble
misswobbleGraduate10

I bought a fleece neck warmer to match my run jacket and cap. It comes up over your nose if required. I’ve worn it twice in freezing weather It was only a few quid though

When I first started running I bought an Aldi half zip Running fleece top in that acid yellow colour. Wore it once in winter but it nearly boiled me to death I’ve not written it off though 😉

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

I’ve now got some rejected socks as Jay66uk (yes you know the one) sent me a link to some lovely ones on Amazon. They have been so much cooler in the heat, and they are so pretty.

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate10
in reply to Dexy5

😎

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10
in reply to Jay66UK

Thanks for the recommendation Jay 👍

Sarakc
SarakcGraduate10

A head torch I bought quite cheaply luckily and a sun visor! (Not worn together!!!!) My family laughed at me in them and I just can’t wear them now! I just wear the visor when I’m reading in the garden so it’s not gone to waste!! 😀

ju-ju-
ju-ju-Administrator

Here here brilliant post, my drawer one brought out our dark side and this is a great way to get to know one another too... for me, it was this magnetic bumbag. The most ridiculous item ever, it just kept falling off!!!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10
in reply to ju-ju-

If you throw that away ju-ju- you’ll have a bit more in that drawer of yours. He he

Anniemurph
AnniemurphGraduate10

For me it's a cheapo copy of a Flipbelt. I don't know if the real ones stay put, or if I didn't get the right size, but it never stays put. It rides up and sloshes around my waist and then once my inhaler fell out because it wasn't held tightly against my body. This terrified me - I have loads of inhalers but only one set of house keys. Imagine having to retrace your route when you've just done a long run... :O

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to Anniemurph

I have a cheap flipbelt copy too. I've since got the real thing and can assure you it DOES stay put. I've had keys, phone, water bottle and gels in it an so far safe as houses.

Anniemurph
AnniemurphGraduate10
in reply to FlickM3

Thanks, Flick, that's worth knowing. I guess I dither because I lose and put weight back on so quickly I'd need about three of them in different sizes :D

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to Anniemurph

The size you choose will expand and shrink to fit your current weight unless you're putting on and off a very large amount :)

Sqkr
Sqkr
in reply to Anniemurph

Mine doesn't stay put ☹️ it was fine for the first few runs, then one fateful parkrun it drove me crazy and ended up moving all the way up my body. I haven't used it since, it just put me right off trying.

Decker
DeckerGraduate10
in reply to Anniemurph

The real flip belts have a keyring clip so at least you know your keys are staying put

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator

250ml hand held bottle with a hole in.... what a pain to carry... used it a handful of times, hated carrying it... stupid sports top leaked too!! It's hit the recycling bin now

🤔 at least one zip thru top that is a tad small but the colour is fab... and I'm getting smaller, right? 😉

A pair of cheaper shorts that try to cut me in half in completely the worst way... but they're fine for round the house in the heat. I must learn to stay away from the cheap cheap brands. Its hard though as my Lidl stuff has more than paid for itself and I love a (seeming) bargain.

Maybe we should have a swap shop!? I'm interested in all those headbands and visors as I love mine! 😁

Bluebirdrunner
BluebirdrunnerGraduate10

Socks for me too!😄..the bargain ones I bought several pairs of when I first started, they only just come up to my ankle ( some of them no longer do that after washing) ..I now have two pairs of Hilly monoskin ones that are washed and washed and washed and still perfect!😊xx

The old ones are still in my drawer of course!😆

Langley-Loper
Langley-LoperGraduate10

I think I am using everything to destruction except one pink vest top with built in bra (bought as half of a two-for-reduced-price) and a purple t-shirt (bought as part of a bundle of gear off ebay). They both still have their labels on.

Thanks to this fantastic forum I do my research before purchasing to avoid wastage!

Sweatyfaced
SweatyfacedGraduate10

Socks for me too. Bought some "sports socks" when i started and got bad blisters for months, eventually realised the socks were cotton!! I almost feel like a lawsuit should be filed; cotton socks are NOT sports socks. Don't worry, proper wicking socks purchased and no more blisters. But still have the old "sports socks" for padding around the house in...

Socks are such an important piece of kit arnt they, glad you got those sorted 👍🏼

Sweatyfaced
SweatyfacedGraduate10
in reply to Millsie-J

Who knew?? I didn't, that's for sure!!

Mind you, the rain we’ve had today might get me using those waterproof socks after all 😳

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