Whether you’re a novice runner or a title-winning triathlete, chances are you rely on more than just a good pair of shoes to keep you safe, in control, and on pace during your runs. In the current market, there are an overwhelming number of running accessories to parse through; from GPS trackers to earbuds, armbands to running belts, the list goes on and on. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite products to help you make it through your next mile.
What to bring on your next run
Aside from sunscreen, the most popular running accessory is likely a GPS-tracking smartwatch. These highly developed timepieces are infused with the technology to track your runs, check the weather, and monitor your heart rate alongside other health metrics. If you’re exclusively an indoor runner, you might be able to forgo the fancy outdoor watches in favor of a fitness tracker.
Not all runners like to listen to music, but for those who do, invest in a pair of lightweight True Wireless earbuds to keep the beat going, and your mind focused on the music (rather than the pain). If you run outside, and you purchase noise-canceling buds, make sure you turn on transparency mode. Another alternative is to purchase a running-specific pair of bone conduction headphones which keep you tuned into the outside world while you run. Over-ear headphones are, of course, an option but many find them too big and bulky, especially for multiple miles. If you really love big, noise-canceling cans, consider purchasing a pair of budget-friendly earbuds as a supplement for your runs.
Finally, you should consider other essential accessories, particularly those that prioritize health and safety, especially while running outdoors. Of course, bring a source of hydration and sun protection. To store these things you might want to invest in a running belt or vest. If you run at night, or in rural areas, it’s a good idea to bring a headlamp and low-profile safety alarm. Always make sure you let someone know where and when you’re going out for a long run, particularly if you’re heading out on the trail.
The best running accessories keep you safe and on track no matter your mileage
Our favorite running accessory has to be a GPS tracking smartwatch and the Garmin Forerunner series takes the cake. The Forerunner 255 is a great staple watch with solid mapping features, battery life, and overall performance. For $100 more you can upgrade to the Forerunner 265 which features new an AMOLED touch screen and Garmin’s Training Readiness Score.
While some runners can power through in silence, many of us need music to keep motivated….or distracted. This means investing in a great pair of running earbuds. The Beats Fit Pro are a great option for iPhone users and the Jabra Elite Active 7 are well-suited for Android users.
If you are looking for additional accessories check out the FlipBelt Classic to store all the everyday essentials, like your phone and keys. If you run alone and/or at night make sure you consider a personal safety alarm and a headlamp.