Not all Marie Kondo go here, but I have no time for "stuff". Between the bike lessons, the 9-5 drift and the squeezing training for myself, I live my life on the road, and my equipment has to hold up – not to mention that I'm looking at it from a distance. So when I stare at a product, I wonder if it would somehow improve my life: will it make me faster? Less sore Just happy? The last one is super valid, trust me.
There are many reasons to make purchases, and finding a "why" usually helps me to be a smarter consumer and brings me products that I really love. After all, life is too short to waste time on "things." Here's the equipment that keeps me going every day, no matter how hard the race gets.
My Favorite Kicking Around Kicks Around
Go ahead and call me crazy for wearing white kicks in the middle of winter in New York City ̵
($ 200; athleticpropulsionlabs.com)
The Perfect Silicone Air Cushion Covers
If you're like me, your beloved AirPods fall regularly. That's why I rely on Elago's gold-filled silicone case to soften the blow. The snap hook prevents the case from falling into the depths of your bag (and this particular style glows in the dark when inevitably).
($ 13; elago.com)
A tracker that fits my goals (and wrists)
I currently use the Garmin Forerunner 645 music to train for a few races, and I am officially an Apple Watch converter. This baby does it all – activity and sleep tracking, Vo2Max and recovery coaching, a frighteningly long battery life (seven days in smartwatch mode) and room for 500 songs so you can make calls without a phone. His big brother, the Forerunner 935, is a bit more data rich, but has a much bigger face. With my wobbly wrists the 645 is just right.
($ 450; garmin.com)
These Floaty-Light Running Shoes
New Balance shoes have never been my reference for running, but these lightweight sneakers have changed all that. The Fresh Foam LAZR V2 has a fairly supportive sole, a raised pocket for the Achilles tendons and a great jump. The knit material on the upper part of the shoe almost gives the impression of walking in some comfortable socks, which is great for someone like me who has broken a toe that never seems to heal. Not to be totally curious, but they have not been released yet – you can use their hands (feet?) Against them on March 1st.
A trainer for indoor cruisin
I'm a cyclist, but there's no chance you'll catch me on the road when it's 13 degrees outside. The M2 Smart Trainer from CycleOps helps me bring my training in. If you're a bicycle nerd like me, you'll find that it's seamlessly connected to your favorite training software (like Zwift or Rouvy) and all your performance data is recorded in the trainer (meaning no external sensors are needed).  If you're someone who actually enjoys mountaineering (call our video producer Jenna!), The Wahoo Kickr and Kickr Climb are a powerful duo that simulates class level changes during hall training. #noflatearth
($ 600; cycleops.com)
The Leggings You Must Take From Me
Sorry for the frightening description, but I think you must Feelings for Addressing Stash Pocket St Tight by Athleta Understand. They are super soft, but high rising and compressing, and you will feel incredible in any yoga or barre class (they are also my point of contact for maximum comfort when traveling). I have not been a big fan of Athleta until recently, but I feel like they've stepped up their game in terms of design and aesthetics. You are now also a B Corporation, which is sheer attractiveness.
($ 89; athleta.com)
All-Day Shoes That Are not Disgusting
These slip-on sneakers from Rothy are my attractions because they look like they're tinkered when I rock old fashioned fitness hair and leggings. They're ridiculously comfy-priority # 1 when I'm at your desk all day or moving through NYC-and they're made from recycled water bottles with a 3D knitting process to avoid waste. Bonus: They are machine washable. Boom.
($ 125; rothys.com)
The Pre-Workout Dream Team
I know I know everywhere now. And sure, coffee and CBD may sound like a contradictory combo, but listen to me for a second: Lately, this CBD coffee from Jane West has my version of a pre-workout, and I'm really into it. Obviously, caffeine helps If my alarm sounds so adorable at 5:30, but I'm also convinced that CBD helped me feel more focused during my training. With 240 mg of full-spectrum CBD per 12-ounce sachet, a cup of coffee (I'm strong) contains about 13 mg of CBD – that's enough to help me shake off the stress of the day when I'm in training becomes hard.
($ 48; jwcbd.shop)
The GOAT by Athleisure
We've been singing these pants lobes before, but let me say again for the people in the back: These are the best pants of all time. Whether you're a commuter, training lunchtime, or just wearing comfortable clothes, Lululemon's On The Fly pants will change your life. They look like pants, but have the elasticity of leggings, so you can easily go from the conference room to yoga.
($ 98; lululemon.com)
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Jamey Powell is a Greatists Associate Fitness Editor as well as a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Bike Instructor, Yoga Teacher and Triathlete. If she does not perspire, she usually eats or tries to pet someone else's dog. You can follow her antics on Instagram.