The holidays are a great time to take stock of your athletic equipment and think about what’s missing, what needs replaced, or what you need to reach your goals and resolutions. Several of my needs included items of a $20-price point that were inexpensive to add to lists for gift exchanges and stocking stuffers. Boy, was I was incredibly spoiled this holiday by family and the boyfriend, receiving almost every piece of athletic gear on my wish list. (Still need to upgrade my phone armband, which is probably good considering I’ve upgraded to another phone model since the holiday.)

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Christmas Loot!

Under Armor ColdGear Infrared hat — I’ve been running in a fleece-lined Browns winter hat, which offers up some quiet fist bumps on the start line from secret Cleveland fans, but it gets VERY sweaty. This UA hat not only is awesomely purple and properly retains heat, but has reflective elements AND a ponytail hole! {similar item}

Knuckle Lights — Considering Pittsburgh’s short days, some of my training runs are going to be in the dark. When I found these lights online, I knew that I needed them. They’re not bulky at all, and have three power options for high, low, and blinking.

Gaiam Everything Fits gym bag — my gym stuff is currently carried in one of those khaki fabric totes and does not a proper gym bag make. Of course, I fell for the teal color of this bag by Gaiam, but extra bonus of a bungie at the bottom of the bag to carry a yoga mat or foam roller. See also: TONS OF POCKETS, including a separated, mesh pouch for smelly shoes.

Amphipod — carrying a water bottle wasn’t a huge necessity… until I started on longer runs. And then there was that time one of those “foldable” flat water carriers leaked down my pants during a cold holiday run. Yep, I needed a water bottle option, but didn’t want another belt. This amphipod is pretty sweet: comfortable, lightweight, and has another pocket option for when I won’t need my winter running jacket.

Running Buddy — I ooooh-ed at this bag at the Hot Chocolate Expo, and the boyfriend remembered! Not only good for running, this magnetic “fanny” pack will be good for derby travel too.

Garmin Forerunner 15 and heart rate monitor – YAY! Definitely top of my list this year, and I’m excited to try it out for the first time (and be more conscious of pacing). There will certainly be a learning curve, as I’ve never used a running watch.

Tell me about your new gear!

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  • I may have to get one of those bags for myself. My current gym bag is falling a part and is just a smidge too small.