Ever have buyer's remorse..... as a runner?
It has not happened to me very much, thankfully. But, there have been a few things I wish I could "un-purchase."
Color Run registration
This was a new-on-the-scene event back in 2012, and was marketed (quite effectively) as a fun running venue. Myself and a couple friends from work decided to do the race together. We even formed a "team" to guarantee a spot for us at the Run. Race day arrives, and The Des Moines weather (late October) was none other than cold, damp, and windy (can you say, "triple whammy?").
The three of us were planning to meet there, and while en route, I got a text from one of the gals...bailing on the day. We arrived, and I found my other friend. She was going to run with her daughter (in a stroller), so she thought it best for her to line up towards the back of the pack. So, I was on my own...but I've done many races on my own. No big deal, right?
I don't know if they still do this, but back then we were assigned waves. The thing is, none of our bibs were pre-assigned, so they would have had no way of knowing if you seeded yourself in an earlier wave (unfortunately, I didn't have this epiphany until after I had finished).
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Saucony Triumpth 11's
I acquired these in September of 2014, about six weeks prior to the IMT Des Moines Marathon (my second 26.2). I had been having a lot of issues with my left hamstring/glute, and went to a new-to-me running/bike store and had a gait analysis done. I have always worn stability shoes (for my crazy extreme over-pronating feet), but the guy convinced me I needed neutral shoes instead....and sent me home with these beauties. I knew Saucony was a reputable company, and I was excited to have some new shoes that would solve all of my problems.
Low-waisted yoga pants
Oh my gosh. Whose great idea was this invention? I have several pairs of the traditional roll-waist yoga pants, and those are fabulous. But these? Every downward dog guarantees a "smile" to any (and every) one who glances my way.
An awkward hydration/fuel belt
In an effort to be better with hydrating (and fueling) while on the run, I purchased this belt at an expo. I loved the design (it has two big pockets on either side of the bottle sleeve), and the water bottle is big enough that I would not need any refills.
An infuser-type water bottle
I have never been much of a water drinker. Of course, I'll grab a water bottle after a hot run (or race) and gladly drink it. But to just drink water throughout the day? I have to add flavoring to it, no matter the source (bottled, filtered, tap, you name it).
So, there you have it. I really had a tough time coming up with five things I'd rather NOT have purchased because I love all of my running stuff. If I come across anything that doesn't work for me, I usually can find someone who has a need for it.
What are some things you bought that you never used? Any "great" gear that wasn't so great after all?
I'm linking up with Meranda and Lacey and Rachel for their awesome Friday Five 2.0 link-up. Today's topic is all about things we wish we'd never bought. I invite you to check out their blogs, and drop by some of the linked blogs as well. Happy Reading!