Whether you’re taking a short jog or training for a marathon, these products will help you hit your stride
Calling all runners and joggers: Team KCM has rounded up a list of our favorite running gear. Whether you are heading out for a light jog or training for your first marathon, these products will help you put your best foot forward.
#1 Lululemon Fast and Free Leggings
These leggings were born to run… literally. Our favorite part about them? The pockets on pockets. Each pair features a total of seven pockets — five on the waistband and two on the side. Say goodbye to juggling your phone, keys, wallet, and other personal items while out for a jog. The Lululemon Fast and Free collection also feature a Nulux fabric that is both incredibly lightweight and doesn’t restrict your movement. This pair comes in five colors and will last you many miles to come. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, Team KCM loves the feel of Nike’s Fast Cropped Leggings.
#2 Nathan’s Running Belt
KCM’s Eliza trained for her first marathon with this running belt by Nathan. “It fit my phone, keys, and GU Energy Chews,” Eliza said. “It was so lightweight and comfortable that I didn’t even know it was there!” The Zipster Lite pack features four weather-resistant pockets and can hold an iPhone 8 Plus. It comes in five colors and will sit tight right around your waist on your next jog.
#3 Balega Socks
Treat your feet to a pair of Balega socks. These unisex, no-show socks keep feet cool and dry while eliminating the risk of painful blisters. Balega socks come in tons of fun colors and styles and were designed to keep your feet comfy — no matter how long the distance.
#4 Apple AirPods
There’s nothing worse than a pair of headphones that won’t stay put in your ears. Apple AirPods have been the best Bluetooth option we’ve found for our long-distance runs. Each set is sweat and water resistant and comes with three sizes of silicone tips for a customizable fit. AirPods connect seamlessly to Bluetooth and include a transparency mode so you can be aware of the world around you. The best part? They’re currently 20% off on Amazon.
#5 Running Shoes
KCM’s Kelly has run her fair share of marathons and loves On’s Cloudsurfer running shoe. These shoes were designed for road running and feature a moderate cushion. If you’re looking for something with more support, take On’s Shoe Finder Quiz to help you find the perfect running shoe. The brand was founded in the Swiss alps by three runners whose goal was to create a shoe that would provide a cushioned landing and a firm take-off. Today, On shoes are ranked one of the best running shoes in the U.S.
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#6 Foam Roller
Are your muscles tight after a run? Try the Triggerpoint Foam Roller. It’s three-dimensional surfaces helps promote blood and oxygen flow — the nutrients you need to repair your muscles after a long run. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, we like this basic foam roller from Amazon that comes in four different sizes.
#7 A Lightweight Jacket
It’s no secret that layering is key for runners. Athleta’s Salutation Jacquard Jacket adds the perfect layer of warmth for those early morning jogs. It’s lightweight and features a buttery soft fabric and easy-access pockets. Team KCM also loves the All Day Hoodie from Outdoor Voices, which is available for $88. It comes in seven colors and is made from OV’s signature CloudKnit lightweight fabric.
#8 Sun Protection
Whether it’s winter or summer, it’s always important to protect your skin from the sun. Team KCM loves this quick-dry, packable hat from New Balance. It’s made from their lightweight nylon material and its interior sweatband helps prevent sweat from dripping down your face. The best part? It’s folds right up and can be packed away. We also recommend Supergoop! Play Everyday Sunscreen. This broad-spectrum SPF 30 lotion is both water and sweat resistant and smells amazing.
#9 Face Mask
We spoke with someone who had tested a number of face masks while running, and this one from Under Armour was the winner. The Sportsmask is water resistant and features a soft, adjustable nose bridge that stays secure across your face. It’s three-layer system meets the World Health Organization’s recommendation for fabric masks and will help protect yourself and those around you. It comes in three colors and includes an anti-microbial carrying pouch.
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