We put together a list of our running ride or dies. These are all suggested to make running as enjoyable as possible. But remember, no two runners are the same. So you do you, girl! Plus, you can check out our RUNNING GEAR PAGE to easily shop our fave brands.
RUNNING SNEAKERS (1-2 pairs)
This is hands down the most important purchase you will make. Like, ever. Okay, maybe not ever, but still very important. We recommend getting fitted at a local running store (like this, this, or this). We also suggest rotating through two pairs so your sneakers can regain full support and last longer.
Earbuds that always fall out are actually the worst. And, everyone has a different ear shape. So do yourself a favor and invest in a pair of anti-slip headphones like these guys. They’ll be the peanut butter to your jams. Promise.
SUPPORTIVE SPORTS BRA
A supportive and comfortable sports bra is a must, regardless of your cup size. You should have a few trustworthy sports bras that you can cycle through during workouts to keep your girls in place. We love these and these, but feel free to use what works best for you.
DOUBLE LAYER SOCKS
Nothing ruins a good run like blisters. Keep your feet happy with some double layer socks like these and thank us later…because blisters suck.
Bring along your essentials during those longer runs; think phone, snacks, keys, id, more snacks, etc. Make sure to get a belt that fits snugly around your waist and doesn't ride up when you start moving.
Shorts are great, but chafing is weird. Running spandex will be your new BFF. They’re insanely comfortable at any length and keep your thighs from rubbing together in unpleasant ways. Spandex with waistband pockets are the bomb because they can hold small items when running, like more snacks.
These are great for anyone struggling with muscle aches and pains, especially shin splints. The compression targets and speeds up muscle recovery while increasing circulation in either your arms or calves.
HEADBAND / HAT
Protect your noggin. A hat is great for blocking the sun and protecting your face from harmful rays. Headbands will keep the hair out of your face so that you can focus on the road ahead, not the hair collecting in your mouth. During the colder months, a good headband can also double as an ear warmer.
Use after a workout to reduce risk of injury and soreness, especially on the front and back of your thighs. It’s likely going to hurt, but you can literally feel yourself rolling out the tension in your muscles. Foam rollers can also enhance mobility and flexibility. Remember to go slow while focusing on a specific area at a time. HURTS. SO. GOOD.
If you’re into running with your phone or other app-linked device, then you’ll love tracking your distance, speed, and split times. Feeling great after a run is one thing, but feelings aren’t facts. Tracking apps provide instant proof that you crushed your run. This is our fave because it’s free and who doesn’t love free sh!t? And you know what they say... tracking, or it didn’t happen.