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Functional Running Gear for the Track and Beyond

Functional Running Gear to Keep You Stylish On-the-Go

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For us, spring flowers mean the return of outdoor running season. And after this tough winter, we’re more ready than ever to hop off the treadmill (even though we love this Fat-Burning Tread Tabata Workout for the Bold and Fit) and hit the pavement. What better way to celebrate the end of chilly days—and motivate ourselves to get in shape for summer—than with a slew of new running gear? So we rounded up everything you need for spring running. But this stuff isn’t your average shoes-shirt-pants combo—we searched high and low to bring you the most versatile new running gear out there, so you can go from the path or track (or even the ‘mill if those spring showers get in your way) straight to work, brunch, or around town. (And check out 5 Athleisure Companies Blending Fitness and Fashion.)

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New Balance Fresh Foam Zante

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When it comes to choosing a running shoe, the number one thing you can do wrong is pick a pair because they’re “cute.” This is the one item where function always wins over fashion. But with the recently launched Zante, you get both. Each stride feels ultra smooth thanks to the soles designed to be plush-yet-supportive (with the help of biomechanical data from runners). But the fun colorways and sleek look make ‘em acceptable for wearing all day long, whether you pair them with jeans or leggings. ($120,

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Calia By Carrie Underwood Essential Fitness Jacket

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The country star’s new line for Dick’s is gorgeous—and functional. (We’ve tested it out ourselves!) This jacket is particularly versatile thanks to sweat-wicking and odor-minimizing fabric (which you’ll appreciate on the run), plus thumb holes (so clutch) and an extra long back so it covers your bum when you’re running around town later. ($79;

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Sweaty Betty Nui Reflective Double Time Run Tank

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The UK brand collaborated with designer Richard Nicoll for this super fashion-forward line (unveiled during London Fashion week last fall). This tank is seriously the definition of athlesiure—we’d happily rock it to meet friends for drinks after work, but know the tech details (sweat-wicking, back zip pocket) make it perfect for getting in some miles. ($240;

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Sweaty Betty Double Time Run Tank

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This tank is a 2-in-1 deal. The top layer separates so you can run in the bottom layer, than attach the top layer after to cover up any evidence of your workout if you head straight to the office. ($95;

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Oakley Drop In Sunglasses

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Here’s the cool thing about this brand: all of their sunglasses—even the aviators—are designed to go from workout to street. We love the tortoise shell Drop In with nosepads designed to stay put no matter how much you sweat, and HDPolarized lenses to keep your peepers super safe from the spring sunshine. ($180;

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Garmin Forerunner 220

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Fitness trackers are great, but as a runner, it’s super important to also invest in a great GPS watch. This Garmin watch is perfect for everyone from beginners to marathoners with functions like vibration alerts to let you know if you’re over or under your goal pace, and the ability to track distance, calories burned, pace, and more. Plus, this one doesn’t look like a scaled down men's watch—it comes in fun colors and is made to fit a woman’s wrist. ($250;

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Oiselle Wings Out Necklace

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This fashion-forward running brand (which sponsors Kara Goucher), makes these adorable inspirational necklaces in sterling and bronze. Wear it on your run to remind yourself you can fly—and afterwards to inspire yourself to hit the road again soon. ($48;

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Lululemon Inspire Tight II

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With mesh panels that wrap around your lower leg, you’re sure to get as many compliments and “where did you get those?!” comments on the street as you are at the gym. We like the ‘star crushed coal’ pattern for something subtle, but not just another pair of plain black leggings. ($102;

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