Over the course of the past year, running has served as something of a saving grace for those looking to maintain any sort of regular exercise routine. For in a time when gyms are closed, fitness classes are canceled, and sports leagues are shut down, the need to lace up a pair of shoes and get a bit of time outside has never been more apparent. And it’s not without good reason; after all, running makes for a great way to get a consistent endorphin kick whilst staying safe and socially distant.
In any case, whether you’re new, returning, or a longtime adherent to the sport, your experience will be undeniably better when you have the right gear. Below, we’ve rounded up an assortment of urban running essentials catered to those whose exploits stretch the expanses of the concrete jungle. From moisture-wicking running hats to breathable windbreakers to race-ready daily trainers, this guide has everything you need to succeed in your metro marathon (even if it never spans the full 26.2 miles).
lululemon Fast and Free Run Hat
Ditch that tired old college baseball cap and give yourself a much-needed upgrade with this running hat from lululemon’s Fast and Free collection. Made from lightweight Swift fabric, it comes with an interior mesh panel and a built-in sweatband — a combination that’s sure to keep your dome cool and dry no matter how hot it gets outside.
lululemon Fast and Free Run Belt
Although running is often an exercise in minimalism, there are times when a bit of extra carrying capacity is in order. lululemon’s Fast and Free Run Belt will do just the ticket thanks to its adjustable waistband for bounce-free wear, large zippered stretch pocket for holding your phone, and set of side pouches for small essentials like cards, keys, and gels.
lululemon Fast and Free Short
A solid pair of shorts can be the difference between effortless running and painful rubbing, making it extremely important that you get a pair that’s made to move. These Fast and Free Shorts feature a stretchy Swift Ultra Light fabric and a 3″ cut, allowing you to stay comfortable and chafe-free mile after mile.
lululemon Fast and Free Long Sleeve
If you’re after a shirt that’s ready to work as hard as you are willing to run, look no further than lululemon’s Fast and Free Long Sleeve. Sweat-wicking, quick-drying, and odor-resistant, its lightweight Breath Light construction is primed for optimal workout performance.
lululemon Fast and Free Windbreaker
Proper running outerwear is a balance that’s difficult to get right: too light and you won’t stand a chance of fending off the rain; too heavy and you’ll become a sodden, sweat-soaked mess. With the Fast and Free Windbreaker, lululemon has you covered, pairing a water-resistant and windproof outer shell with a 360º ventilation system so that you can keep performing your best no matter the weather.
lululemon Double Strap Face Mask
We may be on our way back to life as we once knew it, but you can’t let yourself get complacent in your mask-wearing habits just yet — especially if you’re running in a populated urban area. These Ultralu fabric face masks are engineered for comfort with low-profile seams, added Lycra stretch, and a contoured shape that guarantees a first-rate fit.
Beats Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones
Music is a great way to add some energy to your training routine, and there are few pairs of headphones better equipped to deliver than the Beats Powerbeats Pro. With their 9-hour playtime, adjustable secure-fit ear hooks, and integrated dual-audio inputs, they offer everything you need to take control of your tunes while on the move.
Nike Air Zoom Tempo Next% Flyknit Sneakers
Nike captured lightning in a bottle with the Vaporfly 4%, sandwiching a carbon plate between two layers of ZoomX foam for the perfect blend of response and cushion. Having amassed no shortage of podium wins and records since the shoe’s debut, the Big Swoosh took what it learned and applied the technology to a pair of uptempo daily trainers. The result? The Air Zoom Tempo Next%, AKA a one-way ticket to your next personal best.