What to wear running + my favorite picks!

What to wear running is a question every runner asks themselves before heading out, whether they’re a beginner or have completed dozens of races. I have a few go-to brands for my running clothes and specific things that I buy over and over. And then there are a few things that last for YEARS that are worth the investment – like a Garmin running watch and a pair of good earbuds. Airpods are my go-to for most workouts (but I love the Aftershokz for running). I am newly obessed with my Hyperice Hypervolt, which is actually what most massage therapists use if you see them! I use it daily and it’s completely changed the game!

You can see a list of all my go-to’s below. If you want more, sign up for my online running course! We’ll talk about gear in much more detail, along with tons of other running things. Join here.

What To Wear Running

My favorite running clothes

The best running clothes, for me, come from Lululemon or Oiselle since they fit well and last for YEARS. I’m also recently obsessed with Athleta. Don’t forget to avoid cotton and stick to all moisture wicking materials. My top picks for the best running gear:

  • Lululemon Fast & Free 7/8 tights – These running tights are lightweight enough for warmer days but also got me through all my cold runs during the winter. (If you live in a very cold climate — I’m in North Carolina — try to get your hands on their fleece lined leggings when they come out!) While training for the Boston Marathon, I did all my long runs in the Fast & Free tights since they can hold a ton of fuel. I also love the pocket at the back of the waistband to hold my phone – it doesn’t bounce AT ALL. I wear a 2 in these.
  • Lululemon Speed-Up Shorts – they’re a classic for a reason. Flattering, comfortable, tons of colors. I wear a size 4.
  • Athleta Mesh Race Short – I’m liking these more than Lululemon these days. I wear an XS.
  • Oiselle Roga Shorts – these running shorts are longer and a tad looser than the Speed-up shorts which sometimes I just prefer.
  • Tanks – when I want a looser option, I grab the Sculpt Tank. When I want something fitted, I go to the Swiftly Tech Racerback. I wear a size 2 in both. The Oiselle Flyout tank is also fantastic.  Another tank I love is this perforated tank. I also buy Men’s Lululemon tanks! They will hem them for you in store and they make a great loose crop! I also wear this Oiselle Flyte tank weekly it seems like. I seem to go for tanks over short sleeve tops.
  • Lululemon Long Line Energy Bra – I am a 30/32 C so I need a little more support. This is PERFECT. It’s flattering but supportive without feeling restrictive.
  • Athleta Advance Bra – The best sports bra for when my weight fluctuates and my cup size goes up to a D, I wear this bra.
  • Adjustable Wirefree Bra – So good for pregnancy since you can adjust the tightness of the straps for more or less support.
  • Lululemon Align pants – my go-to for yoga on my rest days! I also love these for cross-training, yoga or riding the Peloton.
  • Lululemon Fast and Free shorts 6″ -Sometimes I love fitted shorts and sometimes I hate them. During pregnancy, I wore them almost exclusively since they helped with chafing.  I also love the Long Pocket Jogger Shorts from Oiselle.
  • In Motion Long Sleeve Top – A great base layer for winter running. It’s moisture wicking, which is essential for cold weather since you need to wick the sweat off your body to stay warm and dry. Staying dry will keep you a few degrees warmer which makes a huge difference.
  • Run For It All Running Gloves – My favorite for cold runs.
  • Cross Chill Jacket RepelShell – My favorite jacket for running in cold weather. It’s wind resistant, waterproof, and looks super sleek. I’ve tried lots of running jackets and this is the best outer layer.

For the 2019 Boston Marathon, I wore Senita shorts, the Lululemon long line bra and Oiselle flyout tank, pictured above!

Running shoes

Running shoes are a very personal thing and you should get fitted at a specialty running store, but I have a number of pairs I rotate among. You can read a review of each on this post.

  • Adidas Boston – super versatile for all types of runs (read my review here). I’ve gone through eight pairs over the years. They’re a must-have in my rotation!
  • Nike Vaporfly 4% – these were unlike ANY shoe I’ve ever ran in. I set PRs in both my half and full marathon when wearing them!  Read my full review here! The 4% are discontinued, so I’ve linked the new version of racing shoes.
  • Brooks Launch – great for easy or recovery runs! They’re more cushioned than the others and I can usually find the previous year model on sale.
  • Pegasus – They’re springy but cushioned. AND they look cute. Such a good all around shoe. This is the shoe I pack when I travel! Read my full review here.
  • New Balance Beacons – I’ve run in these frequently during pregnancy and LOVE them. They have more cushion than my others shoes but they aren’t mushy if that makes sense.  Read my full review here.
  • Brooks Ghost – I love these for normal, easy runs. They’re a great combo of stability and cushion. Read my full review here.

My favorite running clothes, shoes & gear

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