Spring is just around the corner. And for many athletes, that means it’s time to start training for a big 10K or marathon. Which is why we’ve compiled a guide to gold-medal worthy running gear. From top watches to the best shoe, we’ve got everything you — or the athlete in your life — will need to hit the ground running.
Garmin Forerunner 310XT
There is no better running watch than this. Not only does it track calories burned, kilometres logged and heart rate, it also notes the routes you run — allowing you to compare their terrain and distance.
$500. Available at Running Room.
Shock Absorber 5-in-1 Multi-Sports Bra
Every gal should have a sports bra to keep their boobs from bouncing [this will help prevent sagging down the road]. This one is favoured by many an Olympic athlete.
$87. Available at www.sportsbras.ca.
adistar Gore Windstopper Jacket
Perfect for those windy running days, this lightweight jacket has zippers to allow for extra ventilation.
$100. Available at www.shopadidas.ca.
Goody StayPut Secure Fit Headbands
Who wants to run with hair in their face? No one. So keep your locks secure with a sturdy and won’t-ever-move headband.
$7. Available at most major drugstores.
Wave Rider 13
A go-to brand for many runners, this shoe has extra support around the ankles and shock-absorbing pads on the ball and heel. Plus, it’s made of a mesh that allows your feet to breathe — something that’s especially important on long runs.
$89.99. Available at Running Room.
Lululemon Empower Crop
Not just for yogis, these pants are perfect for runners, too. Made of cotton and lycra they cling to your body, but have a bit of give to allow your skin to breathe. Available in pant- or crop-length, they also utilize sweat-wicking technology.
$86. Available at Lululemon.
Ladies UA Tech Short Sleeve Shirt
Every lady needs a sweat-wicking shirt to wear while out on the road — this one is sleek, chic and affordable.
$24.99. Available at www.sportlinglife.ca.
Polarized Miss Conduct
Though eye protection isn’t something that comes to mind when you say you’re going out for a run, it can be important — especially if you’re heading out for a midday session when the sun’s at its peak. Put on a pair of these glasses for some added eyeball protection.
$255. Available at Oakley.