I hate to break it to you, but running is not necessarily a cheap sport.
But you probably know that. Whoever said â€œall you need is a pair of running shoesâ€ lied. Without a doubt, reports of #allthegear you need have also been greatly exaggerated. Iâ€™m here to help you with some of my current and all-time favorites to help you cut through the noise and get recommendations from someone you trust. (Right? Weâ€™re there?) *Please know that most of the below links are affiliate links, and I may earn a small commission off of any of your purchases, but I would share them anyway!
This is an incredibly individualized oneâ€”whatâ€™s right for me and my gait and my distances might not be right for you and yours. That said, hereâ€™s a guide I wrote on how to speak running shoe (itâ€™s a thing) when you go into a running store for a gait analysis, which you should.
New Balance Vazee Pace â€“Â Though this shouldnâ€™t be the reason you buy them, these are good-looking shoes. But theyâ€™re also performance powerhousesâ€”theyâ€™re lightweight, neutral shoes that feel so good youâ€™ll forget youâ€™re wearing them. (If you canâ€™t tell, I am obsessed with these shoes.)
Brooks Adrenaline GTS-18 â€” It took me a long time, honestly, to come around to Brooks, but these shoes did it. If youâ€™re going to continue on to train for a marathon, or just need more cushioning and stability, these are definitely the shoes for you. Theyâ€™re also really comfortable, but please note that they are a bit heavier and stiffer.
Altra Torin â€” This is another shoe that I didnâ€™t love at first, but totally grew on me! Maximal shoes may be great if you are very injury-proneâ€”they offer more shock absorption, but be sure not to use the shoe as a crutch, as that may actually lead to more injuries. (In other words, donâ€™t do dumb things just because the shoe is extra cushioned!)
Brooks Go-To Shorts â€”Â These are definitely my go-tos for shorts. I find them incredibly flattering and, more importantly, COMFORTABLE. They have a high waist and the legs have wide openings (for your strong-ass quads.) They come in three different lengths, tooâ€”3â€, 5â€, and 7â€.
Lululemon Pace Setter Skirt â€”Â Skip over this one if youâ€™re not a girlie girl like I am, but I do love running skirts because I also find them a bit more flattering and comfortable than shorts! Also, I love passing slower guys (coughexescough) while wearing a skirt. I have bought this skirt in all its variations at least 10 times at this point. Thereâ€™s shorts underneath and plenty of pockets, including one big enough to hold an iPhone 7 or 8 comfortably. (Sorry Android or iPhone Plus people, I canâ€™t vouch for you.)
Nike Elastika â€” This is my favorite tank because itâ€™s incredibly light-weight and flowy. Itâ€™s also juuuust loose enough to be really flattering if youâ€™re not crazy about your midsection like me.
I know this can be a tough one, so I will caveat this with the fact that Iâ€™m a D-cup who doesnâ€™t like super-restrictive sports bras, so you may want to take these recommendations with a grain of salt!
Lululemon Stash â€˜nâ€™ Run Bra â€” if youâ€™re smaller-chested, you may prefer this more than if youâ€™re larger-chested. Itâ€™s not terribly supportive, which I donâ€™t mind, but others might. HOWEVER! The best part about this magical bra is that it has a pocket in the back for you to stash your phone.
Lululemon Enlite Bra â€” This is kind of the best of both worlds â€” it is really supportive, but itâ€™s so lightweight that it doesnâ€™t feel overly restrictive. No boob jail here!
For years, I used the cheap sunglasses I got at weddings and events as novelty items. And honestly, they do the job just fine. But if you want a pair of polarized glasses at a great price, Goodr is my favorite! Theyâ€™re polarized, they donâ€™t move, and theyâ€™re an awesome priceâ€”$25!
To be honest, Iâ€™ve been using my Apple Watch for the past few years, and it works OK. If youâ€™re looking for a dedicated running watch, though, I know plenty of people who swear by the Garmin Forerunner 235.
Keep in mind that if youâ€™re running less than an hour, you donâ€™t need to take in any extra calories. An hour-plus, though, you should take in fuel approximately every 45 minutes. Iâ€™ll go much more into fueling in a future email, but hereâ€™s some baseline recommendations.
Margarita Shot BloksÂ â€” if youâ€™re a really salty sweater or itâ€™s really hot out, I love these for their extra sodium.
Honey Stinger â€”Â Letâ€™s be real â€” lots of these running â€œfuelsâ€ are made with tons of crappy ingredients. I like Honey Stingers a lot because theyâ€™re made with better ingredients, so theyâ€™re less likely to irritate your stomach. (I am a delicate flower with a weak stomach, and these work really well for me.)
If youâ€™re running somewhere that doesnâ€™t have water along your route, itâ€™s really helpful to carry your own water. I <3 Nathan bottles because theyâ€™re comfortable to hold and easy to drink from.
If you ignore all of my other recommendations, TAKE THIS ONE. A foam roller is a runnerâ€™s best friend in terms of recovery and even warmups. I love the Trigger Point one, as painful as it can be, because it gets deep into your muscles, working out the kinks that cause soreness.