There’s no better, more accessible way to get fit, or even just a little fitter, than running. You might just circle your block a couple times after work. You might swear by your 6-mile route through the park at 5 a.m. (freak). Whichever your style, you need the right gear.
It’s tempting just to break out the sneakers you’ve had since high school and get moving that way, but it’s never been a better time for serious or aspiring runners in terms of the tools now available to them. Apps, trackers, sneakers, and socks, have evolved to make exercising comfortable and efficient. Here, we’ve collected everything you need to become a confident, successful runner; and, potentially, the sort of person who logs run times on their Instagram stories. Hey, it’s your life.
Quite simply, Adidas's UltraBOOST is the best sole technology in the world. It cushions, supports, and provides a serious, you guessed it, boost, during exercise. Through patented manufacturing methods (or, as I'm more inclined to believe, magic), the UltraBOOST soles last a long time, too, even with heavy use. This is the all-terrain version, which combines a lightweight upper with more hard-wearing, water-resistant material. Amazon, $220
New Balance kill the game when it comes to insanely comfortable, affordable running shoes. They should – they've been at it a long time. These trail running shoes won't win any beauty pageants, but that might just make you feel inclined to run a little bit faster. Amazon, $62.42
Nike's Lunarepic technology is no doubt a budget option, but there's still a reason this is the most popular running company on the market. These might not feel just as great as Vapormax when you're five miles deep into a serious run, but they hold up surprisingly well in even the most trying workout conditions. Amazon, $98.72
The i2 is an attractive, old-school take on the running band, with a full protector for your phone screen, but a helpful cutout for TouchID. Amazon, $6.99
A suitably lightweight jacket that fits snugly (order one size up if you'd like a looser fit) and has plenty of storage for phones and keys. What more could you ever ask for? Amazon, $34.99
22. Fitbit Charge 2
Fitbit's the big name in fitness trackers, and for good reason: its sleek look makes it one of the more fashionable trackers out there (you can swap out the band, too), and it even connects to your smartphone so you won't be distracted from your workout when your buddy texts you about that one good SNL sketch from the other night. Amazon, $128
Of course, the Apple Watch is for more than just fitness, but if you want to go all-out on features and don't mind the price tag, you've got a great workout tracker right here. The Apple Watch tracks steps, flights of stairs, swimming, you name it. You can talk to it, too. Amazon, $339
18. Moov HR
For the super-serious fitness junkies out there, this thing attaches to your torso and measures everything from your heart rate to how many calories you burn. It connects to most smartphone fitness apps and delivers real-time data and goals. It's like wearing your own personal trainer! Amazon, $57.30
Under Armour keeps churning out the hits that have made them one of the most essential sportswear brands out there today. Their Resistor 3 socks will last a long time, and if, God forbid, they don't, you'll have five other pairs to back you up.Amazon, $21.99
You don't just want some running socks that last, but you want some that don't actively hurt either. Balega's "hidden comfort" promise is actually anything but hidden. Amazon, $13
These amazing-designed socks feature built-in arch support, something not even a lot of shoes offer. That's nuts, and on top of it all, they look and feel great, too. Amazon, $12.99