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    22 Helpful Products Runners Probably Won't Know How They Lived Without

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    1. This foam roller will help to relax and loosen your muscles post-run!

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    The textured pattern on this roller means it gets right into your muscles for a deep massage! Great for tight muscles, knots, and more, this roller has gotten some incredibly high reviews from customers who are seriously impressed by its effectiveness and durability.

    Price: £9.99.

    2. This anti-chafing stick can help to protect your heels from rubbing against the back of your shoes.

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    Designed to create a barrier between your skin and your shoes and clothes, this roll-on anti-chafing formula works without feeling greasy or sticky! Reviewers rave about how versatile and protective this stuff is, and it's incredibly simple to use too.

    Price: £7.99.

    3. These Nike leggings have mesh panels that make them extra breathable.


    There's a zip pocket in the waist of these leggings and a slip pocket in the side, and the breathable mesh inserts make sure you stay cool while you're running.

    Available in sizes XS - XL.

    Price: £38.

    4. This pack of two hot-or-cold compression packs will feel great if your muscles are going through it!

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    They're filled with beads which absorb, maintain, and transfer hot or cold temperatures comfortably to your calves or shins for about 20 minutes. Just place them in the freezer for at least two hours or the microwave for minutes for some effective and simple muscle therapy! With over 2,810 reviews and a 4.2-star average rating, these packs have been a hit with customers.

    Price: £15.03 for two.

    5. A balance board can help with your posture, and it can improve your hip and ankle strength too (all great news for runners!).

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    A wobble board 1) works no matter what size your space is, 2) helps to condition and strengthen everything from your knees to your hips to your ankles, and 3) won't disturb your housemates when you use it – these things are pretty much silent. Plus, it can help to improve your posture too by working the core muscles that can sometImes be neglected. This one has a non-slip surface and is made from durable materials!

    Price: £11.99.

    6. This incredibly highly-rated arm band gives you a handy place to store your phone when you're out running. It fits most phones!

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    Not only does this useful tool give you a compartment to put your headphone cables through (goodbye loose wires that constantly get in the way), it's got a key storage section too! The breathable material wicks sweat so the skin underneath won't feel sticky, and there's a reflective strip all around the strap that increases your visibility as well. Face recognition and touch screen access will still work through the sensitive screen cover, so you'll have full access to your device while protecting and storing it in the easiest and most comfortable way possible.

    Price: £6.99.

    7. You can't go wrong with a good sports bra, and this high-support option is one of the best.


    Choose from black and white versions of this high-support bra, which has a wide elastic strap under the cups for added security! There's a mesh panel on the upper part of both arm straps for added breathability, and the material of the whole bra is moisture-wicking and comfortable.

    Available in sizes XS - M.

    Price: £17.99.

    8. This running belt has two pockets which stretch to fit any object you want to put in them, from your phone to your card to your keys.

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    It's designed to not bounce when you're running, and the adjustable strap at the back means you can get it to fit you ~exactly~. There's a reflective strip around the zips which improves your visibility, and there's an extra storage grid in the pockets that ensures the sharp edges of objects like your phone or keys won't dig into you during your run. Choose from six different colours!

    Price: £6.99.

    9. Ensure you can see and be seen even on late or early runs with this waterproof head lamp.

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    It's USB-rechargeable, so you won't have to replace the batteries in this device. The bright light can be seen up to 100m away, and you can choose from high, low, and flashing light modes depending on your needs. You can tilt the lamp up to 60° as well, perfect if you need to change the focus of this light! The casing means this headlamp is waterproof (though it's not recommended for complete submersion like diving). The elastic headband is designed not to slip, and the entire unit weighs just 79g (plus, it's gotten some rave reviews!).

    Price: £8.99.

    10. These noise-cancelling headphones won't slip out when you're running, and reviewers say the sound quality is incredible too.

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    Sweat-resistant and noise-cancelling, these non-slip Bluetooth earphones are great for runners! They're wireless, so you won't have to worry about long cables getting tangled or caught in anything as you run. One charge of these earphones will provide you with ten to twelve hours of speaking or listening power, and the copper wire inside means sound will flow from your device to your ears in the smoothest, crispest way possible. The memory foam earbuds come in sizes XS, S, M, and L, so you can choose which one fits you best.

    Price: £18.99.

    11. This gorge jacket has a funnel neck to keep you cosy and raglan sleeves to increase your range of movement.


    The waterproof and sweat-wicking material is breathable and lightweight, so you'll stay cool and protected during your run! There's a reflective strip at the back for increased visibility, and the high-vis material runs along the seams at the front too.

    Available in sizes XS, S, and XL.

    Price: £20.

    12. The Garmin Forerunner 30 is a cult fave among runners for a reason. This GPS-enabled tool measures everything from your distance and pace to your heart rate and estimated VO2 max, and it doubles as a regular fitness tracker too.

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    You can pair this handy watch with your phone so that it displays notifications like texts, emails, and calls – in other words, this lightweight watch eliminates the need for your phone on a run altogether! Throughout the day, it'll measure your heart rate, movement, and more, and the Move IQ feature will be able to work out what activity you're doing and measure accordingly. Features like auto pause, auto lap, and the pace/speed selection option can improve your training, and you'll automatically get shareable data uploads to the Garmin app in the form of graphs once your run is over.

    Price: £87.49.

    13. These double-layer running shorts are lightweight and fast-drying.


    Made with moisture-wicking fabric that's breathable and partially recycled, these shorts are a super comfy way to stay cool when you're running! There's a tighter inner lining to protect your thighs from chafing, and a looser outer layer to help cover the skintight layer underneath.

    Price: £14.99.

    14. Running can expose you to a lot of UV rays – this sports sunscreen has an SPF of 50, works on your face and body, and is waterproof and sweat-resistant.

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    This mineral SPF won't leave a chalky finish on your face, and it's designed to withstand a serious workout too. Just run this stuff over your face or body for effective coverage that'll see you through your run!

    Price: £23.

    15. If your shoes aren't quite giving you the boost you need, these shock absorbing gel insoles from Scholl are well worth a look.

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    They can help to take the impact off of everything from your knees to your ankles thanks to the ergonomically-designed, cushioning gel material in these insoles! Pop them in your shoes, trim them to size if necessary, and you're done.

    Available in UK women's sizes 3.5 - 7.5.

    Price: £11.99.

    16. These Asics Gel Venture 7 shoes have shock-absorbing soles and are perfect for a variety of terrains.

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    This cushioning liner of these shoes mould to fit your feet exactly, and the gel technology at the back of these shoes help to support your heel too! Its EVA midsole will add some bounce to your run, and the durable uppers will last you a while (I've been using the same pair of these for about a year now and they're holding up well!). They've got waterproof material that ensures your feet stay dry when you're outside, and these shoes are perfect for a range of terrains, from tarmac to trails.

    Available in sizes 4.5 - 7.

    Price: £60.

    17. These blister-protecting stickers are a great way to shield and heal sore spots on your feet.

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    They'll provide a thick gel cushion between your heel and the back of your shoes (or any other spot on your foot that's been affected by a blister), and they'll stay in place without budging for days! Yeah, I'll take nine of these, thanks.

    Price: £4.15 for five.

    18. These compression socks are designed to add some support to your heels and arches, and seeing as they have a 4.5-star average from over 9,530 reviews, they must be doing a pretty good job at it.

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    Apply some gentle pressure and support to the heels and arches of your feet with these compression socks!

    Price: £8.96 - £29.95, depending on size.

    19. These lil' gel caps will protect your toes individually to help prevent and relieve corns.

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    Apply them to each of your toes after drying and cleaning them for instant comfort! They'll help to reduce friction and pressure and can be trimmed easily to fit your toe exactly, Plus, they're made with non-slip silicone that won't budge while you're running! Just make sure to remove these after a run, and if you've got any other issues with your feet (like athlete's foot), consult a doctor before use.

    Price: £6.99 for ten.

    20. This hydrating lip balm is packed full of moisturising lanolin, so your lips will stay protected when you're outside.

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    The elements can wreak havoc on the delicate skin on your lips, but don't worry – this paraben-free and sulphate-free formula is a great way to keep them smooth and hydrated. The coffee oil extract in this balm will encourage your lips to create plumping and smoothing collagen, too!

    Price: £6.95.

    21. If your hands have been suffering due to exposure to the elements and UV rays, this ultra-hydrating hand cream from O'Keeffe's is well worth a try (especially seeing as it's gotten over 13,700 reviews with a 4.2 star. average rating).

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    It contains allantoin, which not only ensures that the moisture in your hands stays put, it creates a barrier between your skin and drying factors (like weather) too. The formula is thick and creamy but absorbs into the skin quickly, and it won't leave you feeling greasy either! Plus, just a little bit of this stuff goes a long way – I've had a tub in my desk for months and I've barely made a dent, despite regular use.

    Price: £4.90.

    22. Let's face it, running can leave some less-than-beautiful skin buildup on your feet. This foot peel mask is packed with chemical exfoliants that'll help to get rid of it all!

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    It's made with AHA and BHA compounds along with some exfoliating lactic and citric acids, which will all work together to ensure the rough skin at the base of your feet is easily and simply removed. Just pour the highly-effective formula into the disposable socks included in the pack, stick on your fave series, and wait for 60 - 90 minutes for this stuff to work its magic.

    Price: £18.