Before I start this, I have to tell you it’s NOT about the gear, it’s about the time and effort you put into learning how to manage your blood sugar and workouts. There are a few items, however, that I’ve found helpful so I wanted to share them with you.*
Type 1 Tactical Pump Holster– The clip that came with my pump works fine for day to day use at my “desk job” but is absolutely disastrous when I do any type of physical activity. Before I do any type of exercise, I switch it out with my Type 1 Tactical pump holster and I’m good to go. This little beauty is super sturdy and keeps my pump secure. Truth be told, my holster has outlasted my pump which I’ve had to have replaced twice in two years.
ROAD iD– My ROAD iD is what I use for my medical ID most of the time. It is comfortable and simple. It has my important information on it in case something happens to me during a workout or competition and safety is always the top priority. Marty got me the one I have now. It has the quote “Hills Build Character” on it which was my mantra for my first marathon completed as a Type 1 Diabetic. It also has two badges that say “RUN” and “ULTRA” which are gentle reminders of what I’m capable of when I’m having a rough training day.
Garmin Vivioactive 3 Running Watch– The main reason I chose this watch over others is because it shows heart rate in real time. I find that knowing my heart rate allows me to better predict whether my blood sugar will rise or fall during a workout. I also love that it automatically syncs my workouts to the garmin app for easy tracking and it is super easy to share my workouts with you here.
Nathan VaporHowe 4L 2.0 Hydration Vest– For long runs, I love this vest. I can carry two water bottles (one with carbs and one without, if I want), I can carry my testing supplies in case my sensor fails (this actually happened to me at the Wineglass marathon in 2019), and it has a nice “pump pocket” in the front. It is also super lightweight and breathable.
Tracksmith Allston Bra– Yes, this is a running sports bra with a pocket!!! Not only can I stash my pump in it and not have to worry about chafing but the pocket is large enough to fit additional items, like gummies or my phone.** And really, if I’m being honest, Tracksmith is my favorite running clothing brand in general. Most of their clothing has pockets in the best places, is super durable and really comfortable! Shout out to Sam***, who introduced me to their products. #NoDaysOff
ALOVECO Outdoor Night Running Lights LED Chest Light– I do a fair amount of running outside in the dark in the winter when the days are shorter. Since I don’t run in the woods at night, this normally means running on the sidewalk of the roads near my home. I’ve never really liked headlamps since they give me headaches so this running light has been a nice change of pace. I like that it is bright and rechargeable. It helps me see and be seen by cars on the road. In order of priority: run safe, run happy, run fast!
Oura Ring– Not too long ago, I received this device as a gift and I’ve really been enjoying digging into my new data. Primarily, I use this for sleep tracking and heart rate variability. Sleep is extremely important for health and athletic recovery and many different things affect how well you sleep. Since I’ve been using the ring, I’ve tried to be more mindful about consuming afternoon/evening caffeine, added blue light blocking filters on my devices and try to have a more mindful wind down period before bed. In addition to my time restricted feeding strategy, these things have definitely improved my quality of sleep. The heart rate variability piece helps me to have a better understanding of my athletic recovery so I know when to push myself and when to take it easy. It also allows me to see how well I’m progressing in my training.
What’s your favorite T1 workout gear?
*Please note that I’m not sponsored by any of these products or companies. I’m also not suggesting that anyone purchase anything or that what works for me will work for you.
**This is great not only for having the ability to make an emergency call, if needed, but also to listen to podcasts/music and take photos for you all.
***Talk about speedy! You can check out her running group IG here.
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The content on this site is not intended to be medical advice. Always consult your doctor before beginning a fitness regimen or adjusting your diabetes management strategy.