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    33 Things You'll Probably Need If You Want To Run More

    Comfy sneakers, a smart watch that tracks your distance and pace, plus more workout products that you'll be ~running~ to buy.

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

    1. 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 $30.80+ (available in band sizes 34–50, cup sizes C–J, and nine colors).

    2. Or a sports bra/crop top because a) you'll save time getting dressed for a run and b) you won't have to wear multiple layers. Removable pads and a body-hugging fit will keep your chest supported, even if you're running hard on the treadmill.

    reviewer wears same top in a dark red color with crisscross straps in the black
    front view of same reviewer wearing the crop top

    Promising review: "I absolutely love the fit and look of this sports bra. It's cute, and stylish, and provides just the exact support I need while working out! This is my second purchase and I'm sure I will keep coming back for more!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $28 (available in sizes XS–XL and in 36 colors).

    3. 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!

    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 $64.95+ (available in sizes 6–11.5, regular and wide widths, and in 11 colors). 

    4. Or this pair of Nike running sneakers designed for road running. They have breathable mesh material, foam cushioning for comfort and responsiveness, ample toe space, and they come in a bunch of colors that'll match your activewear wardrobe.

    black and white running sneakers with white highlighted Nike logo on the side
    Nike

    Promising review: "These shoes are one of the most comfortable running shoes I have ever purchased. I have a high arch and these shoes support my feet perfectly. If you are debating whether to buy these shoes or not, just buy them...it will be worth it. :)" —Nike Customer

    Get them from Nike for $120 (available in sizes 5–12 and 13 colors).

    5. An anti-blister balm to prevent any oozing blisters and irritation. This stick goes smoothly over your toes and heels, so you can rock your favorite pair of running sneakers without saying "ouch" every time you hit the pavement.

    model applies anti-blister balm to side of foot while working out outdoors
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this product! Typically when I run more than two to three miles I get some hot spots, irritation, or a blister, and this made my whole run enjoyable! I got one of my best times during a 5K while using this product. I could focus on doing a great job rather than worrying about my feet." —A. Adams

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    6. And an anti-chafe balm, because chafing should be the least of your concerns while you're jogging or sprinting. This formula gently glides on and helps reduce irritation in areas where your sports bra or compression shorts rub against skin.

    reviewer pic with caption
    model applies blue tube of anti-chafe balm onto shoulders

    Promising review: "I am an endurance athlete. Been running for more than 30 years, and currently focus on marathons and ultras. Body Glide is an essential part of the running kit for any rubbing, chafing, or blistering. From clothing hot spots to feet (even when running barefoot it works for me!), this is a superb product. To ensure a worry free long run or a race, I use this as prevention on any areas that can rub, chafe, or blister. No scent that I have been able to detect, and not greasy or any residue, or any indication visibly that any product is being used, once applied. Nothing I’ve used compares to Body Glide." —Kit Clayton

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three sizes and also in two-packs).

    7. Or a pair of anti-chafing bands to wear underneath running shorts. These bands, which comfortably fit around your thighs, are designed to help minimize chafing and perspiration while you're on the move.

    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–3X and 17 styles).

    8. A pair of polarized sunglasses that won't slide down your nose and will block annoying sun glare. Wear them on your next trail run or bike ride to shield your eyes from UVA and UVB rays.

    Reviewer wears polarized sunglasses for their first half marathon
    Reviewer wears same polarized sunglasses while spending time on a kayak

    Promising review: "I was looking for glasses to wear for my first half marathon. These were great! They didn't slip at all, they were very lightweight, and very comfortable to wear. So glad I have these because I can wear them when I'm not running too." —Meli.

    Get them from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in two colors).

    9. Bone conduction headphones so you can comfortably listen to podcasts and playlists on hikes, runs, and walks. With six hours of battery life and an earbud-free design, you'll get to enjoy music and still be aware of your surroundings. No more using flimsy earbuds that slide out of your ears for workouts!

    model wears blue bone conduction headphones while running outdoors
    REI

    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).

    10. 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).

    11. 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. 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/Etsy

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

    Promising review: "Love it! Fun color, and functions well for what I'm looking for (hiking in hot weather). Would love if there were floral patterns in the future!" —jemusebouche

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

    12. Or these colorful athletic headbands you'll love to wear whenever you're ~working up a sweat,~ aka running around the block or completing a cardio session on the treadmill. Your strands won't fall out of place when you're deep into your exercise session.

    reviewer wears gray headband with hair in ponytail
    reviewer wears dark blue headband in hair while attending a battle ropes class

    Promising review: "These are great for running! They stay put in my hair and absorb the sweat before it drips all down my face. After a run they are saturated and I could wring it out (if I wanted: gross!) They wash easily and I haven’t noticed any stretching out. Definitely recommend." —Kera E

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $15.99 (one size fits all).

    13. 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.

    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 $10.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and in 16 colors).

    14. A compact, foldable treadmill so you don't have to cancel cardio workouts if it's raining outside. Run with the riser up or switch it down if you want to walk. It also doesn't make a lot of noise, so your neighbors won't hear every step you take.

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

    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 $379.99 (available in seven colors).

    15. Or a Treadly 2 Pro that'll help you get your daily steps in and track your activity with an app. The handrail on the machine can be raised or lowered, meaning you can walk, jog, or even run while staying in the same place. And when you're done, just slide it under your bed.

    gif of me doing a light jog on the Treadly Pro 2 in my living room with the handrail up
    Black and red Treadly 2 Pro under a full-size bed
    Genevieve Scarano / BuzzFeed

    I've been jogging almost daily on this treadmill, and it's been a big help when it's raining or snowing outside. You can walk or jog up to 5 mph, move the handrail up or down (and yes, this means you can walk on the treadmill even with the rail *all the way down on the floor* for workouts), *and* track your daily progress in the Treadly app. Walking and running on this treadmill feels the same as other treadmills I've tried in the past (minus 'the up to 5 mph' feature). What I love about that speed limit though is that it helps me focus on my form when I'm jogging or walking. I'm being mindful of each step and not rushing, so I really enjoy using it for workouts. It's 3.7 inches tall and weighs as little as 77 pounds, making it fairly easy to move around. With two front-support wheels and a folded handrail, it doesn't take too much effort to place it in a corner or stow it away under a piece of furniture, but moving it did require a little work, since I don't have much floor space between my bed and closet. You can read my full review of the Treadly 2 Pro here

    Get it from Treadly for $699+ (available in two styles).

    16. High-rise bike shorts so comfy and perfect for running, jogging, and walking. 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.

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

    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).

    17. A sunscreen stick to apply to your face and bod before you go running or play sports on a sunny day. It has Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ and helps protect your skin from UVA/UVB rays. No sunburns will get in the way of your workout today. 👏

    Model applies Neutrogena Beach Defense 50+ Sunscreen Stick to their face
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Nice nongreasy formula. Great for the summer and if you are an athlete or have an active lifestyle. I use it when working out on the beach. Doesn't drip and get in your eyes like other liquid formulas. The high SPF is also another plus." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    18. Glow-in-the-dark LED bands that'll be so helpful if you're running or jogging when it's dark outside. Each band can be worn on an arm or ankle for optimal visibility early in the morning and late at night.

    model wears green glow-in-the dark LED band on arm while working out
    another model wears the same bands in red on arms and ankles while running at sunset
    Amazon, Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great product! As a runner who virtually always ends up running after sunset, this helps me feel much safer. I either run in a high-traffic recreation area where they are numerous cyclists, cars, and other runners/walkers, or I run near my home where there is a great deal of traffic and several poorly-lit apartment entrances where it's difficult for turning cars to see pedestrians, even if they are actually paying attention. I brought the blue version of this bracelet so that it would stand out even more so. I still am extremely attentive to my surroundings, but knowing that others (cyclists, drivers, and other runners/walkers) can see me very clearly now makes me feel safer and more comfortable on my evening runs. I've bought several reflectors and safety products before but this is by far my favorite. Very comfortable as well." —Amy

    Get a pair from Amazon for $12.57 (available in five colors). 

    19. 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).

    20. Workout leggings that'll feel so comfortable for your next run or jog. Slip into these babies that have four-way stretch fabric, a small *hidden* waistband pocket for your essentials, and so many color options to match sports bras, tees, and sneakers.

    Reviewer wears same style workout leggings in a dark purple color
    Reviewer wears bright red high-rise leggings with black crop top and black sneakers during a gym workout

    Promising review: "I love these leggings! They've held up to every workout I've put them through (running, HIIT, hiking, strength workouts, etc). I've washed and dried them several times with no pilling and no shrinkage. The price is a steal for the quality of these leggings! I'll definitely be buying more!" —Erin l.

    Get them from Amazon for $36.98 (available in sizes XS–XXL, two lengths, and 33 colors).

    21. Or a pair of capri leggings with all the functional features you love: four-way stretch material, a high-rise *and* wide waistband that'll stay in place, and a gusseted crotch that helps prevent chafing. Oh, and can't forget about two pockets that'll securely hold your keys, phone, and IDs when you run.

    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. its 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 65 colors).