My favourite gear

I am so very lucky to be supported by some wonderful brands that provide me with gear that helps me to be the best version of myself in training, in life and in racing. I wouldn’t be where I am today without this support nor without this gear. Here is some of my favourite items in a full kit and other essentials.

  • Top

    • Salomon S Lab Sense tankRacing: Salomon S Lab Sense tank

      I am a singlet girl over the t-shirt when it comes to racing if the weather allows. This has remained my favourite singlet with the cool colours available, light weight and super comfy on my skin. Sometimes if I am running with a pack I have to be careful to use anti-chafe around the neck but I really like this relaxed style (not tight) clothing.

    • Salomon Agile SS teeTraining: Salomon Agile SS tee

      This top is really comfy and it’s good to train in and rock up to your local Parkrun without looking like an “athlete”. It’s simple, light and a nice fit for me. Of course, the colours are awesome, too.

  • Bottom

    • Salomon S Lab sense briefSalomon S Lab Light SkirtRacing: Salomon S Lab Light Skirt with S Lab sense brief

      When I race I think it’s nice to race with a skirt, strong females getting it done is always cool and I really like the feeling of freedom with these light skirts. There isn’t too much to them but they sit really well when combined with the brief and belt (see accessories). The added benefit in running with the briefs attached is that you have some small pockets with a gel or camera or if you are like me in Spain I just ran in the briefs in the strong sun and beachy vibes.

    • Salomon S Lab Light Shorts 3Training: Salomon S Lab Light Shorts 3

      I love these shorts! I much prefer the shorter (3) version to the longer (6) but they are super light, relaxed and a good fit. If I want some pockets I’ll just pop the Salomon Belt (see accessories) on the waist of them and I’m good to go for a long time and a good time!

  • Jacket

    • Salomon Lighting Pro JacketRain: Salomon Lighting Pro Jacket

      Recently I had to put this jacket on in a race and the best thing about it was that it went over my pack and vented out to provide space, the hood stayed on and even better, I stayed dry (who would have thought). This jacket passes the mandatory gear lists and is my mountain essential.

    • Salomon S Lab Hybrid JacketWind: Salomon S Lab Hybrid Jacket

      There is no denying I think that this is the coolest looking jacket out there. The part where it rolls into the waist is a pretty cool and handy feature but I really just think I look like a ninja with it on and never want to take it off plus it breathes really well so you can sweat away and still look cool😉 I take this for a lot of my runs around home when its miserable and I need protection… and I want to be a ninja.

  • Salomon S lab Sense Ultra 8 setPacks: Salomon S lab Sense Ultra 8 set

    Running in Australia means on the long runs you need to prepare for summer, winter, snakes, kangaroos, hail, rainbows and just about anything and everything. So, I pretty much stick to this pack on every run. It’s enough to carry mandatory gear, it hugs the body enough that if it’s empty it still doesn’t move. I really don’t think I would need another from my experience racing around the world. + 2 x 500 ml flasks help!

  • Salomon S Lab modular beltAccessories: Salomon S Lab modular belt

    This has changed my life! And not just in running. I own these jeans that for some unknown reason there is stitching to show pockets without actually being functional pockets there, maybe it’s cool but for me it’s downright annoying. I have now proceeded to rock the Salomon belt with my jeans on many social occasions. Back to running scenarios, this is great. You can wack it on your hips for anything adding pockets to hold your keys, gels and phone plus with the ability to clip onto the briefs (see Bottoms: Racing)

  • Runjanji – The Camila Sports braSports bra: Runjanji – The Camila Sports bra

    Ah, the old sports bra. First, let me say that I am built like a boy and this isn’t a huge worry for me. I focus more on what fits well with packs, feels comfy and looks cool… Even better that 10% of these sales go towards help fund clean water in various counties.
    You can see more here: https://runjanji.com/ and use the code JANJILUCY for 20% off

  • Suunto Spartan UltraWatch: Suunto Spartan Ultra

    For me with the hours that I run I like the longer battery life of up to 26 hours with GPS mode. The new update brings with it the ability to track sleep which is cool and the ability to see how much of the moon is showing…. Still cool. I think that it looks nice on the wrist and for me it does everything I need from start, stop, Bluetooth, intervals, heart rate and pick a smiley face at the end of each run depending on how I was feeling. I’ve had many of the Suunto family watches and this has been the one to stay on my wrist, return to and will never stop loving.

  • Shoes

    • Salomon S Lab Sense UltraUltra: Salomon S Lab Sense Ultra

      These shoes have lifted my long ultra-running experience to a new level. Together we have run and won the UTA100 km and traversed http://www.massagemetro.com/shop/xenical/ from Italy to France in the TDS 120 km. Not to mention the countless kilometers in training. For me, I find they are slightly wider in the toe box, has a little more cushioning and is great for single tracks, mountains and dirt roads. However, I found out in China they don’t love wet rocks, but who does?

    • Road: Salomon Sonic RA

      The new Salomon road running shoe has won me over in my most recent testing of them. I don’t live near trails and I pound the pavement more often than not. These shoes are nice and supported and cushioned, I am really enjoying starting to use them. I just need to learn to tie shoe laces properly again!!

    • Salomon S Lab SenseShort: Salomon S Lab Sense

      I first won myself a pair of these shoes back in 2012 at my first trail race. I remember wearing them into the ground and then when my little toe no longer had a roof I caved and bought another pair for running but continued to wear them at my part time job in the bakery. These will forever remain my favourite shoe. I always feel fast (maybe it’s the red), light and comfortable in these shoes. They have grown with me.

  • Skin SlickChafe: Skin Slick

    This stuff has saved me on many occasions with wearing different cuts of clothing, running in different conditions and also just having thighs. My favourite thing about this is that is sprays on so you don’t get your hands slippery and then it stays on… trialed by me for up to 19 hours 😉
    Check it out at https://sbrbodycare.com.au/skin-slick/

  • Energy

    • CLIF bar shotbloks and gelsFood: CLIF bar shotbloks + gels

      During racing my diet goes from being about plants and from the earth and instead about what will give me energy, sit well in my gut and of course a good taste. CLIF bar works really well for me. Their gels are thicker but can be diluted with water if needed but personally I love the thickness. To me the chocolate gel is like a spoonful of Nutella and I used to LOVE Nutella. The shot bloks are great for the longer runs with a bit more solid food and different flavours. My current favourite is the Margarita shotbloks, which let me assure you are not margarita pizza as I was expecting but margarita the drink. Cheers!
      PS – I aim to eat every 45-1 hour. This is on a good day. This rarely happens. I am learning.
      PPS – I eat actual CLIF bars on my travels and as snacks on the run. They rock too.

    • Precision HydrationDrink: Precision Hydration

      For my hydration I switch to my British passport and am sponsored by a UK based company that does a personalised sweat test and gives you a product that delivers what you need – Precision Hydration. I like that it’s not super sweet, in small packets so easy to carry along the way and hasn’t let me down! During the TDS 120 km race I went without food for 9 hours of running due to a very bad stomach, this brought me back to life. I went from 28th place to 5th in the remaining half of the race.

  • Vital Greens PowderSupplement: Vital Greens Powder

    This year I went full plant based. I feel great, have run well and often and have remained injury and sickness free. The key has been to be organised and having Vital Greens powder + Vital protein on me has been a real bonus. During my most recent trip to China we were forever on the move and Majell and I bought a big bag of oats, a thermos of hot water and sat on the floor of the mountains mixing Vanilla pea protein powder, vital greens, oats and water to create a really yummy and nutritious meal.

  • Le Bent Definitive Run light MicroSocks: Le Bent Definitive Run light Micro

    I met the Le Bent team at Ultra Trail Australia 100 km in May this year the day before the race. They gave me a pair to sample and I wore them the next day at my ‘A’ race for the year (crazy hey?). I haven’t looked back since! They worked great, bamboo is an eco-friendly and sustainable material but also they keep my foot comfy and no blisters! Plus, they don’t smell. Well… not compared to Dad’s!

  • Julbo AeroliteSunglasses: Julbo Aerolite

    I used to not like running in these more ‘racing’ style sunglasses because I think they looked far too serious but now I see how great they are under a full sun, in the forests, in the sudden rain and how they adjust so well to different lighting. I learnt a lot about how when you don’t run with sunglasses you waste energy squinting and it’s not good for you so I try to take these on my runs…. Plus, I look like a serious runner 😉

So, these are my favourites, at this time. I love the development of new gear but there are some things that I never want to change. Running is a simple sport and as I make this list I was thinking “wow, this is so much stuff!!”, so much for “just some shoes and you’re good to go!”. I am lucky to have access to these products but they are not essentials, they are mere luxuries.

But maybe some good Christmas presents!

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