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Top 10 Essentials for Runners

Mar 17, 2013

Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time to get outside and get active. Running is a great way to get your heart rate up and keep fit, but if you’re thinking of taking to the track and leaving the competition in the dust you may need to pick up some things first. Check out the Top 10 Essentials for Runners!

No.10: Sunscreen

It may not seem like it’s warm enough for this yet, but if you’re planning on going on long runs, sunscreen is a must-have as we go into the summer months.

Coppertone Sport SunscreenCoppertone Sport is perfect for runners who may sweatCourtesy of Coppertone
 

No.9: Running Socks

Cotton socks just won’t do it when it comes to running, you need something that won’t chafe in the summer and keeps sweat away, look for synthetic socks for summer and wool blends for winter runs.

Running SocksNike Dry-Fit Running SocksCourtesy of Nike
 

No.8: Music

Music can be a great motivator, so load up some new tunes and invest in some comfy headphones.

Running with headphonesMusic can be a running motivatorCourtesy of authoritynutrition.com
 

No.7: Bag of Frozen Peas

This one you don’t have to take on the run with you, but it’s a smart idea to keep a pack of these in the fridge in case you overdo it and your muscles need icing.

Frozen PeasFrozen Peas are great for sore musclesCourtesy of Green Giant
 

No.6: Lightweight Jacket

It’s not quite summer yet, and you don’t want to catch a cold while you’re exercising, so invest in a light jacket.

Running JacketNike Vapor Flash Running JacketCourtesy of Nike
 

No.5: T-Shirt

When you’re starting out, any old t-shirt will do, but if you get serious about running you may want to upgrade to a material designed to wick away sweat.

Running T-ShirtBamboo Charcoal T-ShirtCourtesy of made-in-china.com
 

No.4: Running shorts/leggings

Just like with the T-shirt, you don’t need anything fancy when you’re just starting, but if you stick with the running regime you’ll need something more high-tech to keep away the sweat.

Running ShortsZumba Escape Running ShortsCourtesy of Zumba Fitness
 

No.3: Watch

Even if you’re just trying to get your heart rate up, a sports watch can help you see if you’re improving (and let you know when you’re done.) You can also download Apps to a smartphone that will time you.

Sports WatchBreo Sports WatchCourtesy of Breo
 

No.2: Water Bottle

Whether it’s filled with water, or a more complex energy drink, it’s important to keep hydrated, so don’t forget this one at home!

Water BottleRubber Maid Filter Fresh Water BottleCourtesy of Rubber Maid
 

No.1: Runners!

There are some hardcore runners who claim that running barefoot is the only way to go, but for the rest of us it’s just important to have a great pair of sneakers that give you enough support.

Top 10 Essentials for RunnersYou can't run without runners!Courtesy of Kora Organics
 

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