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    22 Products That'll Basically Trick You Into Loving Running

    Running may not be your favorite activity, but comfy sneakers, fitness trackers, and more gear will help make it more enjoyable.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. An open-back tank top that'll help you feel less sweaty on outdoor runs. A built-in strappy bra gently supports your chest and flat lock stitching helps minimize chafing. The best part? You won't have to wear a top and a sports bra if you'll be on the move for a long time...goodbye, uncomfortable layers!

    reviewer wearing a gray tank top and black leggings
    A different reviewer wearing the tank in grey, showing the back of the top with the strappy bra and low-cut back

    Promising review: "Really love this shirt. There was enough support for running and it didn't flop around during yoga either — perfect. Love the cute straps. The fabric is good and it looks well made, but I haven't had it long enough to say for sure.  Update — I have worn this quite a few times, including during a 5K and 10L race challenge. After the race, the fabric did get a little worn where the race number tracking chip was rubbing against it, as well as on the inside of the shirt, but it is still holding up. It was great for the race, nice and cool and plenty of support, and looked good in photos." —Christi

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and in 18 colors and patterns).

    2. Asics running sneakers with tons of positive reviews for a reason: A gel cushioning system helps minimize shock during impact and a durable foam midsole provides amazing comfort on long runs. Plus, they're made with a breathable mesh fabric! You'll probably forget you're wearing athletic shoes because this pair will feel great for your arches, heels, and toes.

    A reviewer wearing the multi-colored shoes with laces and a gel heel
    reviewer shows thumbs up while wearing same ASICS in an all pink color before running

    Promising review: "I've put about 50 miles on these shoes now, and I love them still! They are snug on the sides (in a VERY good way — feels like the foot is stabilized), they have great arch support, mesh over toes keeps my feet cool, super comfortable insoles, and the drop gives my strides a little bounce when I run, making me feel so agile and fast! My new favorites." —Maggie

    Get them from Amazon for $64+ (available in sizes 6–11.5, regular and wide widths, and in 11 colors). 

    3. Or Adidas Cloudfoam running sneakers if you want to try a walking, jogging, and running-friendly shoe that's received 65,000+ positive ratings. Midsole cushioning and a comfy shape will literally leave you on Cloud 9, whether you're exercising indoors or outdoors.

    Reviewer wears gray Adidas Cloudfoam running sneakers with white laces
    Different reviewer wears same Adidas running shoes in a gray shade

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE these running shoes. They are extremely lightweight — feels like you are running on air yet with support. Super cute, look exactly as pictured, and are true to size. I would order these 100 times over, actually contemplating getting another pair in a different color just because these are so perfect. I’ve had them for over 2 months and they have not worn out at all. Wipes clean and doesn’t stain which is amazing!! I regularly run outside so I destroy my running shoes, these I’ve just taken a wet paper towel to and they are good as new! So happy with this purchase!" —Kate

    Get them from Amazon for $49+ (available in shoe sizes 5–12 and in 29 colors).

    4. And athletic socks designed to keep your tootsies comfy and dry. They each have a heel tab design (yay for fewer blisters!) and are made with breathable material. You can ~go the distance~ and not deal with stinky, sweaty, and irritated feet.

    Promising review: "So you know that problem when your running socks slouch below your shoe, and WHAM! Blister. This does not happen with these socks. That little tabby-thing in the back is amazing for preventing sock slippage, and these are awesome. They're not too heavy (which is great — dude, I hate bulky socks!), but they're hefty enough that you don't feel like you're going to put a hole in the sock after the first few runs. I'm super prone to blisters, and these are perfect." —Amy

    Get an 8-pack from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in four sizes and 32 different color packs).

    5. A splurge-worthy Garmin Running Watch with a GPS feature that'll track your distance, speed, and route, monitor your heart rate, and provide vibrating notifications for workout milestones. If you'd like to track your progress for shorter runs *or* long distance training, this gadget will get the job done no matter what your level is. It'll feel so great to see how far you've come on your workout journey.  🎉

    Promising review: "I have been using this watch for a few weeks now and am very pleased with it. I wanted this watch primarily for the GPS function while running, and I have been pleasantly surprised by the consistency with which it reports my mileage. I walked the same route on three consecutive days to see if the watch reported the same distance, and the watch indicated I had reached the 1-mile mark within 10 or so yards each day. When I finish a run or a walk and sync my watch with my phone, I'm able to view my route on my phone, along with my pace and a color-coded indicator of the faster and slower portions of my run." —katethegreat

    Get it from Amazon for $136.99+ (available in four styles).

    6. Or a budget-friendly fitness tracker so you can see your daily steps, distance, and speed during runs in a simple screen format. It also has Alexa built-in, making it easy to check the weather before heading out *or* setting alarms. Look at you getting in some mileage on a sunny day!

    Promising review: "I’ve been wearing this band for over a month now and I absolutely LOVE it. I had been using a Fitbit for six years then it stopped working. I wanted something that was not as bulky and less expensive but still had the basic fitness tracking modes that I needed. I workout daily and do everything from weightlifting, to running, to CrossFit and needed a distance tracker, heart rate monitor, timer and basic calorie counter. This watch really surprised me. It’s got all the features I needed plus lots more. Way more than my older, more expensive watch had. Love the different watch faces too and all the different bands that you can buy for it. I will never ever spend hundreds of dollars again for a fitness watch when I can find one that’s even better for less. Also for anyone wanting to know it tracks your runs, distance and shows your GPS map tracker when you open up the app. It’s perfect.🤩" —Falisha

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99+ (available in three colors).

    7. high ponytail running cap that has UPF 50+ protection and looks cute with your entire activewear look. Shield your face from the sun and keep your hair up at the same time (goodbye stopping mid-workout to fix flyaways). This style comes with two different openings, making it easy to wear a mid *or* high pony when you go for a run. 

    Model in a white baseball cap with a high ponytail coming out of the back
    Back of hat on a model showing string design where ponytail rests

    Vimhue is a woman-owned business based in Arizona that sells running hats designed for performance *and* style.

    Promising review: "Love my Vimhue high ponytail hats. I have five of them now and I still need a few more colors. I wear them for running, hiking etc. They are really good quality. If they get dirty, inside or out, I just hand wash with a little soap and water and hang to dry. Looks good as new." —Linda Paul

    Get it from Vimhue on Etsy for $29 or from Vimhue's site for $29 (available in 24 colors). 

    8. A pair of calf compression sleeves for jogging or running! Reviewers say they can help minimize calf tightness and support you as you run. Whether you're a new runner or a seasoned marathoner, these sleeves could help you with long-distance sessions and annoying post-workout soreness.

    reviewer wears red calf compression sleeves while completing a virtual marathon
    runner's legs with hot pink compression sleeves from their ankles to below their knees

    Many reviewers do say these help with the pain from shin splints, however they're not a cure and if you're in pain, you likely shouldn't be running and may want to discuss symptoms with your doctor. Read more about how to help shin splints.

    Promising reviews: "I wore these compression sleeves during the 2019 Chevron Houston Marathon, and they worked just fine. I ordered a small, and they fit as expected. I never had any issues with shin splints or calf tightness. Good quality and nice material. I highly recommend these for any distance running." —Pon Bath

    "My run today was pretty short since it is my first time running in several months, 2 miles. But these compression sleeves helped keep my calves from feeling too sore while I was running. I think these will come in very handy as I slowly increase my distance and speed and will help in the recovery of my muscles both after runs and after weights/calisthenics workouts. I would absolutely recommend these to beginner or seasoned runner to help muscle recovery, endurance, and speed." —Clairene M. Guerra

    Get them from Amazon for $20.99 (available in sizes S–3XL and in 16 colors).

    9. A running belt you'll want to wear if you're training for a race or taking a long stroll when it's warmer outdoors. There's a vertical water bottle spot, a zippered pocket for your phone and keys, and an adjustable waistband, so you won't get thirsty or lose anything along the way.

    Black running belt with a small zippered pocket and water bottle slot
    Reviewer wears green running belt on a trail walk in the woods

    Promising review: "This product was exactly what I was looking for. It is comfortable to wear and super light! The material has a good quality as well. It is ideal for walks, hikes, and running. I bought one for me and my mother!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in eight colors).

    10. Or a FlipBelt if you prefer to carry little to no belongings, but still need an accessible spot to store them. It comfortably sits on your hips and has four pockets that'll securely hold your AirPods case, cards, keys, and phone. You can focus on your mileage without accidentally dropping anything.

    close-up of reviewer in quick-dry black Nike shorts and pink tank top wearing blue FlipBelt around hips
    runner with a thin pink fabric band around their waist that's holding their phone

    Another cool feature of this FlipBelt is that it's reflective, so it'll be helpful if you run in low visibility conditions. Love running on trails with wet branches and mud? No problem, because you can throw the FlipBelt in the washing machine when you're done working out.

    Promising review: "Love my FlipBelt. It fits my iPhone 7 that has an OtterBox on it, and did not budge once during my six-mile run. At the four-mile mark, I even tried adjusting it because I thought there's no way this thing is staying in place so well, and it was still in the exact same spot as when I started my run. I also noticed I was able to run faster than usual and I think it's because I was concentrating on holding my phone with its massive case on it. If you're in between sizes, I suggest going a size down. Can't wait to wear this for my upcoming half-marathons in the fall!" —kel07

    Get it from Amazon for $23.47+ (available in XXS–XXL and 13 colors).

    11. A high-impact sports bra that's comfortable and provides amazing support if you have DD+ breasts. This sports bra is perfect for runs because it has two-way stretch, quick-drying fabric, and wireless cups to help reduce bouncing. Topping it off are wide and padded straps that won't dig into your shoulders. 👏

    reviewer in the gray and neon yellow sports bra and comfy shorts
    model in the same style sports bra in a white color

    Promising review: "I've been on a sports bra search for years and years and I've finally found one I'm happy with. I usually wear a 42–44DDD bra and I ordered the 42F, which fits perfectly. I could literally do jumping jacks. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE EVER ONLY HAD TO WEAR ONE BRA! YOU KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT! I even did a 10K in this thing with no problem." —RW

    Get it from Amazon for $28.50+ (available in band sizes 34–50, cup sizes C–J, and nine colors).

    12. LED safety lights to clip onto a baseball cap, hydration belt, or sneakers. If you like to run in low visibility conditions, these little helpers will be so useful early in the morning or at night. Plus, they're so fun to look at while you're running and resemble those cool light-up shoes you used to wear as a kid!

    reviewer points down to black running shoe with green LED safety light clipped onto it
    reviewer wears gray running shoes and red LED safety lights clipped to them

    You'll be glad you didn't head out the door with them and you'll feel more at ease while working out.

    Promising review: "A must if you run during hours of low visibility! Lightweight, clips to my shoe and running belt. Comes with Velcro elastic bands to clip to your wrist or legs. Priced reasonably. Highly recommend. Safety first!" —Anima

    Get a 2-pack from Amazon for $12.74+ (available in five colors).

    13. And an illuminated reflective vest for your next a.m. or p.m. running session. It glows in a bunch of bright colors and it comfortably fits over any top, making you more visible to drivers and pedestrians on your route. You'll feel like you're at a club when IRL, you're completing a quick loop around your neighborhood when it's dark outside. 

    reviewer wears blue and purple illuminated reflective vest while walking outside at night
    another reviewer wears same vest in a glowing yellow shade while running in the evening

    Promising reviews: "Love this running vest! Many color options, and definitely increases your visibility when running or walking at night. My beau loved his Christmas gift!" —Beth

    "I feel like a magical rainbow night TRON! This doodad is AMAZING! No bounce when walking, running, sprinting, standing still? Nada! Not noticeable whatsoever other than the fact that it's bright, beautiful, and colorful! I DEFINITELY recommend this for anyone who is running into the twilight/night hours. I can now extend my outdoor running into the later hours of the evening!" —Debeck

    Get it from Amazon for $59.95+ (available in sizes S–XL). 

    14. Bone conduction headphones so you can listen to your fave murder mystery podcast or Spotify playlist on runs. With six hours of battery life and an earbud-free design, you can have your own dance party and still be aware of your surroundings. No more using flimsy earbuds if you want Harry Styles, Lizzo, or another music artist as your workout soundtrack.

    model wears blue bone conduction headphones while running outdoors

    Other notable features of these cool headphones include quick control buttons (back-a-track, skip, pause, and play), the ability to seamlessly change between phone calls and music, and a water-resistant design. They also come with a USB-C charger, earplugs, and a portable bag!

    Promising review: "I always have problems finding earbuds that don't fall out of my ears when I run, so these are amazing since they don't go inside my ears at all! I barely feel them on my head, they don't jiggle or move at all when I run, sound quality is pretty good, and I'm glad that I can still hear ambient noise around me while wearing. Highly recommend!" —REI Customer

    Get them from REI or Amazon for $79.95 (available in four colors).

    15. A lightweight and waterproof jacket for your next outdoor run or trail adventure. Reviewers adore this piece of outerwear and say it's kept them dry during wet weather. And you can adjust the hood and arm cuffs! You'll be prepared if there's any sign of drizzling in the forecast and not have to stop mid-workout if it starts to rain. 

    reviewer wearing a black waterproof jacket and leggings holds metal from race
    reviewer wears same jacket with included hood in a dark pink color

    Some reviewers suggest ordering a size up if you like to layer clothes underneath!

    Promising review: "I love this jacket. Fit is amazing and the color is even better and more vivid than in pictures. I bought it for my short morning runs, so it's exactly what I wanted, and it gives me options to layer it underneath without becoming too bulky. It's waterproof enough to withstand 30 mins of moderate rain so that works out perfectly for me." —Veriko Dundua

    Get it from Amazon for $30.98+ (available in sizes XS–3X and in 41 colors).

    16. Or this leopard-print windbreaker you'll be ~running!~ to buy, because it's functional and stylish. Thumbhole cuffs prevent the sleeves from riding up, cinch strings allow for an adjustable fit, and zippered pockets will hold all your essentials. Pair it with your fave bike shorts or compression leggings for a cute outfit that'll help motivate you to go for a run!

    model in dark purple leopard-print pattern windbreaker with cinched waist and hood
    Love Her

    Love Her is a woman-owned business specializing in performance activewear. They offer sports bras, leggings, and outerwear that'll be great for your next gym session.

    Get it from Love Her for $40 (available in sizes S–XXL). 

    17. A Stretch-Out strap for your post-workout routine: it helps minimize tightness in your calves and hammies after jogging or running. Just slip it around your foot and take deep breaths while you flex your muscles. When it's time to exercise again, you'll be ready to go and not say "oww" every time you hit the pavement.

    person stretching their right leg by gripping a green fabric strap around their foot
    model stretches leg an foot after going for a run outside

    It also comes with a stretching guide that has information on how to stretch different body muscles!

    Promising review: "I’m a very inflexible runner and this strap has definitely been very helpful in increasing my mobility, stability, balance. I would recommend for anyone wishing to become a more flexible athlete. Stretching regularly has reduced my injuries tenfold." —Mike

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    18. A compact, foldable treadmill so you can run anywhere indoors *and* watch The Kardashians while you get some mileage in. If you're not a fan of exercising when it's hot or cold outside, you may want to try this piece of equipment: you can run with the riser up *or* switch it down if you want to walk. Work on your own pace and stay comfortable while doing it!

    Reviewer places feet on black treadmill with the riser down
    same black treadmill against side of wall on tiled floor inside home

    It also doesn't make a lot of noise, so your neighbors won't hear every step you take. Another perk? It folds up and you can store it under your bed or couch for easy access.

    Promising review: "My cute treadmill arrived in perfect condition, easy to set up, and just as described! The Bluetooth is excellent and I am able to play music from my iPhone just fine. I just wanted something small, so I could tuck away under my bed when not in use and I couldn’t ask for anything better. I’m not a professional runner at all. I just wanted to get moving with walking or lightly jogging in the comfort of my own home. I hate running in the hot or cold weather, in the sun, and in public. Hahaha! Anyway, get it if you’re on the fence. It’s affordable, minimalistic, modern, and simple. Perfect!!"" —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $329.99+ (available in seven colors).

    19. A pair of capri leggings that'll become part of your running uniform from this point forward: they feature four-way stretch material, a high-rise *and* wide waistband that'll stay in place, a gusseted crotch that helps prevent chafing, plus POCKETS. Even if you're picking up the pace, they won't budge and you'll be glad you picked a comfy piece of clothing to exercise in.

    reviewer wearing the high-rise capri leggings in spacedye blue while out on a run
    reviewer wears same pair of leggings with a gray tank top while running outside

    Promising review: "I love these capris; I've got five pairs. The real hero though is the pockets. I've had pants with pockets similar to this before and eventually the pockets stretch out to the point where the phone'll flop out if you're running. On these though, the pockets are deep and wider than my phone, enough so that the phone kinda sits in the pocket on a tilt and one corner gets stuck under the lip of the pocket. A sort of phone seatbelt, if you will. It's easy to get the phone in and out. So far I've worn/washed all five pairs probably a half dozen times taking little if any consideration/care into the pants as far as wash directions go and the pocket and fit of the pant is still going strong. I trusted these pockets so much that I just ran my first full marathon and although I brought my flip belt...I kept my phone in the pocket." —Jillian Noone

    Get them from Amazon for $21.98+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and 55 colors).

    20. And high-rise bike shorts so comfy and perfect for running and jogging. They come in fun patterns (like the leopard-print one below) and have moisture-wicking fabric that'll help you stay dry, even if you're sweating a little from exercising. Plus, they offer a little compression without feeling too tight on legs, so you can switch up your stride without feeling uncomfortable. 

    A different reviewer wearing the bike shorts in white leopard print
    reviewer wears black high-rise bike shorts and white tank top while running outdoors

    After reading all the positive reviews for these bike shorts, I decided to buy a pair and put them to the test. They're SO COMFY compared to other compressive activewear. I've worn them for treadmill runs and not once did I have to pull them up at the waist or adjust them around my thighs. If you'd like to switch up your activewear outfit with something that's not leggings, I highly recommend these!

    Promising review: "This product is perfect for all outdoor activities! I recently got into bike shorts because I was tired of my thighs chafing when I run, hike, and bike. These shorts are shorter than other bike shorts, but long enough to prevent chafing. The patterns are perfect and vibrant and the cloth is so soft. They are incredibly breathable and comfortable for lounging in, or taking on a long run or bike ride." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL, in sets of two, and in 15 colors and patterns).

    21. And speaking of legs, some anti-chafing bands to wear underneath looser running shorts. These bands, which comfortably fit around your thighs, are designed to help minimize chafing and perspiration while you're on the move. Irritated skin will be the least of your concerns while you're training.

    reviewer poses with black lace anti-chafe band on thigh
    reviewer wears solid black anti-chafe thigh bands under black running shorts

    Promising review: "I have a pair of the lace ones that I've loved wearing underneath my dresses and skirts. I just purchased the non-lace ones to wear when I run, because the seams of my shorts rub in this humid weather! These worked freaking fabulous for my run, and stayed in perfect place (I ordered size C!) They were so much cooler than compression shorts or spandex, and kept the sticky thighs away from each other! Definitely give them a try! I know I appreciated not having to be constantly readjusting my shorts!" —Michaela

    Get them from Amazon for $20.69 (available in sizes S–3XL and 17 styles).