Top 5 dorky things that make running better

by lachicaruns on

top 5 dorky things that make running betterNews flash: I am not a trend setter, nor cool nor remotely chill. What I am is practical and committed to finding the best hacks and products to make running more pleasant.

To whit, here are some of my dorkiest picks that make runs easier or more comfortable:

  • Headlamp. It’s ridiculous, I know, but my trusty (and cheap) headlamp comes in handy on my twice-weekly early-morning runs with my las mañanitas running group. A lot of my clothes and my Brooks Ghost have some reflective features, but nothing beats an actual light on your forehead to make sure drivers can see you at oh-dark-30 in the morning.
Sporting the world's least-attractive headlamp.

Sporting the world’s least-attractive headlamp.

  • Buff. I suspect Buff USA does not want the word “dorky” associated with its items, but I have yet to see someone look genuinely and truly good while wearing a Buff. And, yet, it’s one of my favorite items because it keeps my messy hair tucked away, covers my head in the heat/cold and can be used to wipe one’s sweaty face in summer or snotty nose in winter.
I have yet to find a way to wear a Buff that's remotely less dorky.

I have yet to find a way to wear a Buff that’s remotely less dorky.

  • Hydration vest/belt. My long-standing love for my fanny pack high-tech Nathan hydration belt has recently been replaced only by my love for my new Nathan Sports VaporAiress hydration vest. It lets me carry two liters of water, plus all of my must-have items. I thought the thing would be uncomfortable and heavy, but I quickly got used to wearing it and am always grateful to have ice water with me, especially on the trails.
It's the vest, not the background that makes me look dorky, right?

It’s the vest, not the background that makes me look dorky, right?

  • Road ID. Until just a couple of days ago, I had the cheapest ID band the company makes, which meant wearing it almost every day rather than risking heading out on a run without it. The band also has left an even dorkier tan line right above my already-dorky GPS watch tan line. I’ve since upgraded to the Road ID Slim 2, which is easier to put on and take off. All of their items are super affordable, durable and a great investment in your safety.
And I wonder why I have such funky tan lines...

And I wonder why I have such funky tan lines…

  • Hats. I’m not suggesting all running hats are dorky, just that I choose to wear ones that happen to be the least bit attractive on my head. That said, my Skirt Sports wool hat may make me look like a Q-Tip, but it is toasty and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else for winter running.
My friends all manage to look normal wearing hats. Me? I look like a Q-Tip.

My friends all manage to look normal wearing hats. Me? I look like a Q-Tip.

While I didn’t follow the day’s theme, I’m still linking up for Tuesdays on the Run, the weekly link-up with hosts runner bloggers MCM Mama Runs, My No Guilt Life and Marcia’s Healthy Slice. I hope you go visit them.

What are your favorite dorky things that make running easier/better/more pleasant? Feel free to share your post if you’ve blogged about this topic before. (Click on “Continue Reading” to leave a comment.)

Written by: lachicaruns

My name is Gisgie. It's pronounced geese (like the birds) and gee (like the letter). Now that we've met, I'm glad you're here. I'm an injury-prone runner who manages to find reasons to keep coming back to the road despite ongoing challenges. Most recently, I've struggled with piriformis syndrome. I'm currently winning. Most days.



I agree with everything stated here, except I have never worn a buff, it just looks hot. Though I just recently got a Road ID that fits on my Apple watch. So now I have less of a tan line on my arm. 🙂


I absolutely love my Buff and don’t feel that it makes me any hotter. I am actually hoping that Santa brings me a whole bunch of ’em.


I’m new to the hydration vest game but I agree I feel like a mega dork wearing it. Its awesome for long hot runs though!

Michelle @ Lively Chicken

Haha, I just started wearing a hydration belt and I definitely feel like a dork! I’m not really a hat person, but sometimes a hat is necessary while running so I feel dorky then too!


I have seen people look really good in a Buff. I am not one of those people – they always look weird on me… but they’re so practical – I love them in the winter!


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