First is GU:
I have heard all about the GU. It looks disgusting, and I'm sure it tastes disgusting, and I've managed to avoid it up until now. However, I completely puttered out around mile 8 in the White Rock Half Marathon. And even in training runs, anything past 6 miles was an energy strain. So I purchased a very small amount to try out on some longer training runs and see how they work out.
I thought I could avoid this little deoderant shaped gadget. I thought. I have managed to make it without a single blister, but at some point last week, well... I noticed some scabbing. I'm sure you can guess where since my thighs aren't exactly matchsticks (although they were trying to start a fire). I think I'll keep this bad boy in my arsenal for longer distance runs.
I've been feeling a number of aches and pains lately, and I've heard rave reviews of the stick. It has several spindles on a flexible stick that you rub up and down your muscles to massage out the knots. I cannot wait to give this a try. Come on shin splints, show me what ya got!
So that's the new gadgets that have entered my "running box" (yes, I actually have a box on my dresser for all various running gadgets, samples, articles, etc).