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How To Start Running When You Hate Running

By Maria Abbe of Running Myself Together

The Power Of Habit

I’m not sure anyone enters the world a runner - mentally or physically. In fact, for many, running is an acquired taste. It surely was for me. So how do you start running? How do you take that first step out the door and then do it again the next day and the next?

Habit Formation

In Charles Duhigg’s, “The Power of Habit” he spends a lot of time analyzing what it takes to develop, keep, and break habits. Believe it or not, running can become a habit too.

It begins by creating cues, routines, and rewards surrounding the act of running. And, conveniently enough, Duhigg uses running as an example:

If you want to start running each morning, it’s essential that you choose a simple cue (like always lacing up your sneakers before breakfast or leaving your running clothes next to your bed) and a clear reward (such as a midday treat, a sense of accomplishment from recording your miles, or the endorphin rush you get from a jog).

But it doesn’t stop there. Simply building in a cue (getting home from work) and creating a routine (immediately putting on your running clothes) isn’t enough for a habit to last. One must crave the reward of this newfound habit, says Duhigg. With running, those cravings could be endorphin rushes or a sense of accomplishment. Signing up for a race might motivate you to begin running, but that won’t help you keep the habit. You need an immediate reward that is received after each run.

So, step number one to begin running: Find a clear cue, routine, and reward.

Go Get Them Goals

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Okay, you’re working on building your habit. Awesome. Now, we need to set some goals. Running is great in the moment, but it’s even better when you’re working towards something.

Personally, running a race has always been the most successful goal for me. You may want to start there, too. Training for a race, no matter the distance, holds you accountable.

Some other goals might be to get in shape or hit a PR. Whatever your goal, write it down. More than once. Post it all over the place - your bathroom mirror, your desk at work, on the fridge. Envision yourself achieving that goal. What will it feel like? What will get better about you once you hit the goal? And have a reward in place for when you do hit that goal. Something a little extra to keep you motivated and congratulate yourself for hitting the goal.

Step number two: Put goals in place.

While creating habits and setting goals are important, you may find that they’re not always enough to keep you motivated.

Running As Therapy

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You may have heard someone say, “Running is my therapy.” And you may have been confused by what they meant. Once you start running, you’ll discover that running detangles life when life gets messy. It gives you clarity and peace of mind. It allows you to take a step away, decompress, and return to normal life with a lot more joy. Need more evidence? Check out this recent article by New York Magazine in which 12 people opened up and explained why running was their therapy.

And I’ve seen it work wonders in my life. I used to suffer from an eating disorder, anxiety, and depression. Running helped me work through all of those issues. As soon as I started running, I felt immediate release. For the first time in my life, my racing thoughts were in sync with my moving body. Life became more clear. My anxieties became less.

No, running didn’t cure me, but it helped put things into perspective by giving my brain the opportunity to run free. When I’m running, I allow my brain to wander and ponder. I think through things I wouldn’t have otherwise thought through. At the end of a run, my heart and my mind are on the same page.

So my suggestion to you (step number three): Take a deeper look at running and find its intrinsic value in your life.

Now Get To It!

Running doesn’t have to be daunting. Running doesn’t have to be hard. Running can be whatever you want it to be. It’s your time to better yourself, release some energy, and figure life out.

Now get to it!

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The 25 Best Running Blogs to Follow Right Now

Are you are new to running and looking for guidance? Or have you already completed several marathons and are looking for ways to improve your training routine? Either way, your best bet is to find other runners who have gone through what you're going through and learn from them.

​As with anything, there is no reason to struggle alone.  Inevitably, someone has faced the same challenge or doubt and is blogging about it so they can help someone just like you get through it as well.

​I've compiled a list my 25 favorite running bloggers for you to peruse. They come from all walks of life and run the gamut from casual weekend joggers to serious ultra-marathoners.  No matter where you are in your running journey, there is someone here who can help you learn more and enjoy your runs better.

1. Steve Wagner

runningspud.areavoices.com

Why you should follow him: From pre-race running strategy, post run recovery to ice road running, Steve has done it all as he has been addicted to running since 2008. He has completed 21 marathons, blogs about his experiences and shares his tips and knowledge about running.

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2. Beth Risdon

www.shutupandrun.net

Why you should follow her: Beth is one crazy, fun and energetic gal! Her blog exudes so much positivity and inspiration. She started running 5 years ago and she has been in love with it ever since! She writes with her heart, expresses all her truths and doesn't hold back.

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3. Jason Saltmarsh

saltmarshrunning.com

Why you should follow him: Be inspired by his running race bucket list. His website is a one stop shop for great information about what you need and how you can started in your running journey. You can also pick up some yummy and healthy recipes to try. So hop on to his site and be inspired!

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​4. Sarah

www.dreamingoffootpaths.co.uk

Why you should follow her: Sarah started running to lose weight. Now she's racing through tough milestones and earning awards. She'll inspire you with her healthy lifestyle and her passion for running.

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5. Matt Orlando

www.dreamingoffootpaths.co.uk

Why you should follow him: He's not just an average father; He's a superhero dad! Matt is a family man who leads a very healthy lifestyle. He writes about running, parenting and conducts interviews with other great runners.

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6. Will

www.willrunlonger.com

Why you should follow him: Will is a family man, a company CEO and a runner. He started running after college and has completed a lot of races. His blog covers running and his musings on anything and everything. Challenge yourself and see if you can achieve what Will has conquered. 

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7. Cathy White

www.jog-blog.co.uk

Why you should follow her: Cathy was a smoker for a long time until a book inspired her to quit. She started running and focused on leading a healthy life. She is now a writer and has some amazing and delicious recipes on her blog for you to try.

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8. Mark Kennedy​

www.healthynomics.com/category/running-2

Why you should follow him: He's a USA Track and Field certified coach and a former kinesiologist. Mark enjoys writing about his healthy lifestyle and helping others get fit and improve their health. He is focusing on helping new runners get started.

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9. Jaime Pang

http://www.jamiepang.com/

Why you should follow him: Jaime writes about running and photography. He completed his first marathon when he was 15 years old and has finished 31 marathons as of July 2016. He is very passionate about running and sharing his knowledge to aspiring runners.

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10. Malcolm Collins ​

Why you should follow him: Malcolm loves running marathons all over the world, from places like Paris to Norway. He does not run to diet or win races; He runs because he loves running. Considering running in other countries too? Check out Malcom's inspiring stories.

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​11. Randall Wharton

​Why you should follow him: Randall did his first marathon at the age of 39 and has been running ever since. He is into different sports but has a special place in his heart for running. His experiences and bright outlook will inspire you to be at your best.

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12. Thad McLaurin

http://ncrunnerdude.blogspot.com/

​Why you should follow him: Thad is a certified running and fitness coach. He has many accomplishments and awards but his greatest reward is helping others embrace a healthy, active lifestyle. Whether it's general fitness or training for a marathon, Thad can help you reach your goals so hop on to his blog and get started today!

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13. Jason Fitzgerald

http://strengthrunning.com/

Why you should follow him: You will find his blog helpful if you want to improve on your workout times, increase speed and achieve better race results. You can also learn about how to avoid injuries and progressively and consistently training towards your running success!

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14. Amy

http://www.runningescapades.com/

Why you should follow her: Amy is a 40-something year old runner, fitness junkie and a gluten-free newbie. She loves fitness clothes, fitness gadgets and trying out new healthy wheat-free recipes. She also loves running with her adorable dog.  If we had such a cute running companion, we'd be out there every day too.

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15. Christine

Why you should follow her: Treat yourself to the positive energy on Christine's blog. She is a writer, mom, yogi, runner and wannabe surfer. She writes about life, having a healthy lifestyle and everything in between. She believes in empowering yourself and saying yes to the things that energize, enliven and inspire you!

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16. Michelle

Why you should follow her: Michelle finds balance in her busy life through running and working out. She is a mom of two boys and a lovely German Shepherd. She believes that the one thing you can control in every situation is your attitude and has consciously chosen her positive attitude to embrace life.

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17. Denise

deniseisrundmt.com

Why you should follow her: Denise discovered her passion for running in 2007. Since then, she has run several marathons and trained for different races. She is a mom of three beautiful children and she writes about her success and challenges during her free time. Are you a parent who juggles your  family and your fitness too? Learn how Denise does it in her blog.

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18. Martinus Evans

300poundsandrunning.com/about-300-pounds-and-running

Why you should follow him: Martinus is on a journey to a better health and better self. He started running to lose weight and keeps going for love of running. He is very passionate about helping people be the best they can be. It is his mission to inspire and challenge you to expand your comfort zone and motivate you during your times of need.

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19. Thomas

http://rubbishrunner.blogspot.com/

Why you should follow him: Thomas is a runner based in Ireland and a father to four children. He writes about his wellness, running, and life. Learn how he conquers the difficulties he faced and be inspired by his running routine. Take a peek at his blog and see how this amazing runner dad juggles running, parenting and life!

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20. MariAbbe

Why you should follow her: Do you know someone who is suffering from depression, an eating disorder, or anxiety? You should check out MariAbbe's blog. She has dedicated it helping others overcome these difficulties through running. Her site exudes so much positivity and inspiration. 

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21. Scott Dunlap

Why you should follow him: Scott is a technology entrepreneur who started running in 2001. He also loves eating and running in the outdoors. He is currently into trail running and triathlons. Hop on to his site and learn more about Scott's journey.

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22. Angela

http://cowgirlruns.com/

Why you should follow her: Angela is a certified running coach who originally turned to running to help her move forward from her marriage and to overcome anxiety. She's passionate about living a balanced life and learning how to be more awesome each and every day. Check out her blog and read about her amazing story and her cute cat too!

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23. Ellen 

http://www.teenrunner.co.uk/

Why you should follow her: She is a motivated, competitive and hard-working teenager. She loves running and is accomplishing great things while still doing well at school. Ellen might be young but she definitely knows her goals and how to achieve them. Be inspired and feel energized when you read about her stories and accomplishments.

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24. Jen

http://www.runningwiththegirls.com/

Why you should follow her: Jen started running to lose weight 12 years ago and she fell in love with it. It was actually her husband who got her into running and she never stopped. You can find motivating race recaps, running strategies that you might want to try, and yummy yet healthy recipes.

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25. Jesica D'Avanza

http://www.runladylike.com/

Why you should follow her: Jesica's blog offers hefty amounts of information about running from nutrition and hydration, training in various weather conditions, injury prevention, and triathlons. As a bonus, she also has tips about relationships, such as how to stay married to a marathon runner and a lot more.

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Conclusion

I believe that all runners run for a reason and most of them continue and ultimately accomplish their goals because they are able to find a community.  Nowadays, your running pack doesn't need to be someone you run with on a regular basis.  It could be a famous runner who inspires you or the blogger from 3 states away whose advice helps you power through those hard days.

​I have no doubt that at least one of these amazing running bloggers will inspire and guide you to reaching your running goals, whether it's simply to lose that holiday weight with a few morning jogs or to start training for your marathon next summer.  

I personally follow them and love learning how they have conquered the same challenges I have and ones that are far more intense than anything I've ever tried. Yet.  And if you know of a great running blog I haven't mentioned, I'd love to learn about it.  Please leave it in the comments below and I'll be sure to check it out.

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The 10 Best Running Shoes to Keep You Going Mile After Mile

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Having the right pair of shoes can either make or break your run. Your feet are what keep you moving, so protecting them is crucial. The perfect running shoes and socks will provide support, stability and protection. They will also enhance your performance and help you reach higher goals.

Running shoes have changed over the years, and now offer your feet more protection than before. There are so many different styles and types of running shoes.  Picking a pair that suits your needs is important. Some are water and debris-resistant, while others focus more on thick cushioning. Certain pairs have widely spaced lugs for rugged terrain and other shoes have outsoles designed for the road. There are even shoes that mimic barefoot running.

You want to make sure you have the right type of shoes for for the type of running you're doing. So what are the best running shoes for men? We’ve collected a list of the top 10 pairs to help you find your perfect match.

Different Types of Running Shoes

Even though different running shoes may look similar, they are designed for certain types of running. The key to having a successful run is buying a pair specifically engineered for your workout.

Road Running Shoes

Road running shoes are probably the most popular type of shoe. They are favorable for running on tracks, roads, and treadmills. This type of running shoe has flat outsoles for excellent grip on smooth surfaces. Road running shoes are great for all types of runs, from the intense marathon to the casual weekend jog.

These shoes are designed to absorb the landing shock from repetitive strides on hard surfaces. With more cushion than other types, they also provide superior comfort. Road running shoes are not usually water-proof, being that they have a breathable mesh upper. This helps your feet sweat less with better ventilation.

Road running shoes are great for anyone who wants to run on flat, hard surfaces. They are stylish and offer extreme comfort with thick midsoles. These shoes also usually have bigger heel to toe drops. The best road running shoes for men will keep you going mile after mile.

Minimalist Running Shoes

Designed to mimic barefoot running styles, minimalist shoes are defined by certain key aspects. One of the most important traits of minimalist shoes is the weight or lack thereof. These shoes usually weigh only a few ounces and are sometimes even measured in grams. They also have a thin sole at the center of the heel- the fewer millimeters, the better. If you decide to go with thin soled running shoes, make sure your running pants aren't too long and you don't end up tripping on them while running.

Heel to toe drops are also a factor in minimalist shoes. Again, having a low millimeter count gets extra points. Another feature is the flexibility. You will be able to fold the shoe from heel to toe as well as twist the sides in opposite directions.

All of these characteristics help make the minimalist shoe feel like you are running barefoot. This means less ground contact time, shorter stride length, and a reduction of impact peak force. It is important to gradually transition to this type of shoe in order to develop more foot strength for minimalist running. Switching too fast can lead to injuries like stress fractures or tendonitis.

Trail Running Shoes

Trail running shoes are designed to withstand tough conditions, whether that means wet, muddy surfaces or trails with rocks and roots. They also are great for running in sand and on other rugged terrain.

This type of running shoes provides incredible protection for your feet. They are usually water-resistant and have an anti-debris mesh upper. Trail running shoes sometimes even feature a removable rock plate that protects your feet from sharp rocks or twigs. On the sticky outer soles, you will find widely spaced lugs that make cleaning your shoes a breeze. This feature also helps your feet grip harsh surfaces and prevents slippage.

Trail running shoes will also provide you with stability. This type of shoe usually allows your foot to stay close to the ground, giving you a smoother, more natural run. This means fewer injuries and twisted ankles while running over uneven surfaces and having a good running sleeve helps as well. They have a very low stack height and are lightweight to help you glide effortlessly across the ground.

Most Popular Running Shoe Brands

There are many shoe brands out there. Some are very well-known, while others are only heard of in the runner’s world. Here are some top running shoe brands that you may not have heard of before.

Vibram

Some of the best shoes and other accessories for running in are made by Vibram. Founded decades ago by Vitale Bramani, Vibram has been around for almost 80 years. Bramani was struck by tragedy in 1935 when six of his friends died in the Italian Alps- partly due to inadequate footwear. In 1937, he patented and launched the first Vibram sole. He is also credited with inventing the first rubber lug for shoes.

Vibram soles were first used on mountaineering boots, which normally had leather soles on the bottom. In 1954, a team of Italian mountain climbers conquered K2 wearing Vibram rubber on their soles. This was the first ever successful climb to the top of K2 summit.

This company is popular with runners because of their FiveFingers product. It is a ‘foot glove’, fitting like a true second skin, which mimics barefoot running. These shoes were launched in 2004 and have revolutionized the minimalist shoe movement.

Salomon

The Salomon sports equipment brand was started in 1947 by Francois Salomon, his wife, and his son Georges. In 1997, it was sold to Adidas and then to Amer Sports of Finland in 2005. The Salomon Group first started by producing saw blades, which led to making steel edges for skis. In 1979, ski boots were introduced and skis came a decade later.

Salomon produces equipment for various sports which include trail running, hiking, skiing and snowboarding. In the world of running, Salomon is known best for their road and trail running shoes. They produce durable, high quality shoes that help you perform at your fullest potential.

This brand of shoe offers premium protection for your feet as well as comfort. You may spend more money purchasing these, but you will have top-notch shoes that you can count on. Whether you prefer shoes for the trail or track, Salomon has some of the best sports shoes for men.

Mizuno

Another successful shoe brand is the Japanese company Mizuno. While it’s more well-known overseas, it is still popular with US athletes. The Mizuno Corporation was founded in 1906 by Rihachi Mizuno and his younger brother Rizo. The company first began by selling baseballs and then made-to-order athletic wear in 1907. In 1913, Mizuno began to manufacture baseballs and baseball gloves. They then started producing the first Japanese made golf clubs in 1933.

Since then, Mizuno has signed sponsorship deals with several famous athletic stars including former quarterback Joe Montana. In 1987, Mizuno began manufacturing running shorts, shirts, and shoes in the US. Their shoes helped set the 100m dash world record in Tokyo in ‘91.

The Mizuno Corporation has been involved with sports for 110 years. They have helped evolve the athletic wear and equipment we use today. Mizuno also has an online shoe fitting system called “Precision Fit Online.” In less than a minute, they will help you find the right Mizuno running shoe as well as provide an individual training program. This company definitely knows its sports.

 Best Running Shoes for Men

Top 5 Running Shoes

Salomon Speedcross 3 Trail Running Shoe

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The Salomon Speedcross 3 trail running shoes make running across rough terrain a piece of cake. They are by far some of the best running shoes for men. With their Sensifit technology, you can be certain you’ll have a comfortable, snug fit. This feature also works to cradle the foot, enhancing your comfort.

The water resistant, anti-debris mesh upper helps keep dirt and foliage out when running through sloppy trail conditions. Their tongue and toe sections provide water protection without sacrificing breathability. They also have a dense mesh weave on the upper that helps your feet stay warm in cold or wet weather.

These shoes have a Mud and Snow Contagrip for an ultimate blend of performance and fit. Salomon’s Speedcross 3 trail running shoes also have widely spaced lugs for easy cleanup and superior grip. The heel is wider as well, providing a larger contact surface for added stability. Your foot is also lower to the ground in the Speedcross 3, which helps lower the risk of a twisted ankle and other minor injuries.

New Balance Men’s M990v3 Running Shoe

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The M990v3 road running shoe by New Balance offers premium support and comfort. The ABZORB midfoot cushioning absorbs shock while the dense foam collar offers support and more padding. This makes every heel strike smooth and pain free. They have a blown rubber forefoot that provides even more cushioning. These shoes also have a Vibram outsole for maximum surface contact and traction.

New Balance’s M990v3 running shoe has a classic, traditional look, making it a great pair for any age. They also have reflective detailing for added visibility while running in low light. The premium pigskin upper has mesh inserts to help with ventilation. Your feet will stay dry longer and sweat less with this feature.

New Balance makes durable, high quality shoes, and this pair isn’t any exception. These shoes are on the heavier side, making them best for everyday wear or shorter runs. However, they are designed to last for all those miles your feet will run.

ASICS GEL Nimbus 17 Running Shoe

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This stylish pair of road running shoes offer ample amounts of cushioning as well as stability. ASICS GEL-Cushioning reduces shock during impact, which allows for a smoother stride. They are lightweight, helping you bounce back after each heel strike. The blown rubber outsole allows for enhanced padding and durability.

The ASICS GEL Nimbus 17 feature a sockliner for higher rebound properties that help with moisture management and ventilation. You can say goodbye to blisters as the seamless construction adds to its extreme comfort. The discreet eyelet lacing system also gives this shoe a sleek design. These shoes have glow-in-the-dark GEL cushioning as well as an all over reflective upper. They are great for running at night or in conditions with low visibility.

ASICS’ GEL Nimbus 17 running shoes have an overall outstanding fit and comfort rating. This pair of shoes is a runner’s dream, whether you prefer casual jogs or running 5Ks.

ASICS GT-2000 3 Running Shoe

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Another pair of good running shoes for men is the ASICS GT-2000 3 model. These lightweight road running shoes feature a FluidRide midsole for incredible bounce back and comfort. The seamless design reduces irritation and blisters to help your further. They have a heel clutching system that creates an improved heel fitting environment. ASICS’ rearfoot and forefoot GEL cushioning diminishes shock during impact, making running on hard surfaces easier.

These shoes also have a ComforDry Sockliner with antimicrobial properties. This helps provide a cooler, drier environment for your feet. The breathable mesh upper aids in proper ventilation, too. While these are not water-resistant, you can still count on a some moisture-wicking benefits. 

ASICS GT-2000 3 running shoes are the perfect distance shoes for anyone looking to run on the road or on a track. They offer exceptional stability and support with great shock absorption. You can be sure to maximize your performance with the GT-2000 3 running shoe.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11

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Mizuno’s Wave Inspire 11 running shoe is light on the foot while providing great rear foot stability. This shoe gives you a nice shift from landing to take-off. It is versatile for short or long distances as well as different speeds. The sleek design will help you shave off running time and keep you looking great. It has a 3D upper design with nice color options for personalization.

This road running shoe has exceptional cushioning and support that aids in greater shock absorption as well. The added internal straps secure your foot for better control and fit. The comfort enhanced sockliner adds to the secure, snug fit without being too tight.

You are sure to have an amazing run with these well designed shoes. The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 road running shoe helps you effortlessly travel more miles. If you are looking for a high quality, durable and comfortable running shoe, this pair may be the right fit for you.

The Next 5 Top Running Shoes

Running Shoe Buying Guide

There are many aspects to consider when looking for the right pair of running shoes. Check out this video above for tips on how to find the perfect pair that suits your specific needs.

You want to take several things into consideration when buying running shoes. Here is a list of the essential features you should look for:

  • Width. To ensure a comfortable fit, you need to make sure your feet can rest or run happily in a pair of shoes. Your foot should be able to move freely from side to side without crossing over the edge of the insole. If you can feel your pinky toe hitting the side of it, then the shoe is too narrow.
  • Length. When you run long distances, your feet can swell and lengthen. It is important to find a shoe that won’t cramp your toes or give you blisters by rubbing them. You want to make sure there’s a thumb’s width of space between the front of the shoe and your longest toe.
  • Heel. Having the right fit has a lot to do with the heel. Your heel should have a secure, snug fit but not too tight. You should be able to slide your feet out of laced but not tied shoes. If you feel any irritation at your heel when trying on a shoe, it’s a good indicator that it will intensify once you start your run.
  • Pronation. One overlooked feature when buying a shoe is your pronation. This refers to the way your foot rolls as it hits the ground. Finding a matching shoe type to the degree of your pronation can help new runners avoid injury.
  • Type. Do you plan on racing on the road or track? What about wet, muddy terrain? Or do you prefer to feel like you’re barefoot? Deciding which surface you will be running on the most will help you determine what type of shoe to buy. Trail running shoes have sticky outsoles with wide lugs to help prevent slippage. Road running shoes have provide maximum traction for flatter surfaces. And minimalist shoes are for the experienced runner who wants to become one with nature.

A Final Word

When trying to find the best mens running sneakers, you are faced with numerous choices. Unlike headphones or a hydration pack, your running shoes really need to fit perfectly and be the right type. Feeling overwhelmed is normal, but knowing the best options and features to look for will help make it easier. It’s important to first decide what type of running shoe you will need. You want to pick a type of shoe that enhances your performance, whether you are running marathons or casual jogs, either on the track or on a trail.

The right pair of running shoes will not let you down. They will keep you running mile after mile, no matter your speed. This list and buying guide will help you narrow down the options and pick the right shoes for your run.

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The Best Workout Headphones to Keep Every Note Crystal Clear

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Like wearing a great pair of running shoes, having the right music while exercising can improve your performance. You will stay focused and keep your head in the game by tuning everything else out. Choosing the right pair of headphones, will maximize your workout experience and keep your music sounding smooth and clear.

Whether you are running outside or training at the gym, these headphones will make exercising more satisfying. You won’t have to worry about the earbuds falling out or the headphones slipping. You can drown out surrounding noise and enjoy your music without static or interruptions.

The best exercise headphones will stay put and keep you focused. Forget the thousands of others out there and check out this list of best workout headphones.

Top Headphones For Running

Tauren Ultimate Workout Headphones

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The Tauren Ultimate Workout Headphones are one of the best headphones for running. Experience the excellent dynamic sound quality and enjoy your workout even more. You can stay focused and in the zone while listening to your favorite music perfectly clearly.

The sweat-proof ear pads are a nice touch as well. Train as hard as you want without the worry of ruining your headset. With a 100% money back guarantee, you can ensure that you’re getting a high quality product. The ear pads are comfortable and have a great fit as well.

The best headphones for the gym don’t necessarily have to be wire-free. The cord is flat so it won’t tangle. You can also use the control area on the cord to talk on your phone hands-free.You will easily forget you’re wearing these remarkably lightweight headphones. They fold up and fit just about anywhere. Store these in your car, backpack, or even your jacket pocket.

Darkiron S1 Earphones

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The Darkiron S1 earphones made it on our list because of how comfortable they are. They come with 3 pairs of different sized ear tips for a custom fit. You will experience superior comfort with their soft silicone rubber finish. These in-ear headphones are sweat-proof and have a secure fit with hooks.

Darkiron’s S1 earphones also let you manage music and phone calls with the touch of a button. You won’t have to miss any important calls and can stay hands-free. You’ll be able to easily skip through your playlist, too.

As some of the best running earphones, the Darkiron S1 earbuds offer high-definition sound with exceptional noise cancellation. These earphones allow you to enjoy liquid treble and solid bass while running or working out.

Rovking Sports Earbuds

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These lightweight earphones are great for hardcore training because they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. They cannot be easily broken and withstand sweaty workouts.

The Rovking earbuds have a secure, snug fit. The over the ear hook to ensures that they stay put. You also have 3 different pairs of backup ear tips to choose from for a better fit. They come with an adjustable shirt clip for added stability during high-impact sports, as well. You really won’t have to worry about these earphones falling out or slipping while exercising.

These are some of the best earbuds for running not only for their great features, but also for their sound quality. The Rovking sports earphones have great noise isolation, too. They block outside noise while you to talk on the phone or listen to music without a problem. You will hear every note crystal clear with these amazing earbuds.

Powerbeats 2 In-Ear Headphones by Dr. Dre

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The Powerbeats 2 In-Ear Headphones by Dr. Dre are perfect for training and exercising. These are one of the best sports earphones due to their awesome moisture-proof qualities. It is also interesting to know that basketball star LeBron James teamed up with Dr. Dre to create the Powerbeats. Whether you are running in a light rain or sweating it up at the gym, these earbuds are made to last.

They have dual-driver acoustics for incredible sound. You can easily control your music or calls hands-free with the RemoteTalk cable. Powerbeats 2 earphones complete any workout and make your music sound pure and smooth.

These headphones take comfort to the next level with their ergonomic ear hooks. The flexible and adjustable hooks provide a secure fit while staying comfortable. You also have a choice between 4 pairs of multi-sized and shaped ear tips to make sure you get the right fit.

ULDUM Wired Headphones

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ULDUM’s wired headphones are some of the best running headphones. They are sweatproof and have comfortable, padded ear pieces. You can customize the fit since the headband is adjustable.

Immerse yourself in your workout and focus on reaching higher goals with these headphones. The outstanding sound quality will keep your music smooth and fluid. It will be easy to push yourself harder if you’re enjoying your workout. The effortless touch controls will make skipping songs or answering phones calls incredibly convenient.

The ULDUM wired headphones are some of the best sports headphones. You will be able to easily transport them with their foldable and lightweight design.

Conclusion

A good workout usually stems from listening to great music, and short of a bad pair of running pants giving you a wedgie, nothing is worse than a bad set of headphones or earbuds that keep falling out. Audio quality and comfort are some of the most important features of a good pair of headphones. Not to mention durability, price and flexibility.

We know that finding the best headphones for working out isn’t always a simple task. With so many different styles and features, narrowing down the best ones may feel like a lost cause. So we’ve done the research for you. This list will help you discover the best gym headphones or even some earbuds for high-impact running. You will experience amazing sound quality with noise cancellation. These headphones also have a secure, comfortable fit.

Don’t let a bad pair of headphones ruin your workout. Achieve your best performance while listening to music with crystal clear sound. By choosing one of these best workout headphones, you will enjoy your training more and hear every note smooth and clear.

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The Best Trail Running Shoes for Those Glorious Nature Runs

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Having the best trail running shoes paired with great running socks will enhance your nature run and help you maximize your experience. Whether you are running up and down hills or over rocky terrain, you want to make sure you have right pair.

The best shoes for trails will have great traction and keep your feet protected. They should also have exceptional stability to keep your ankles from twisting. Rugged outsoles will help with gripping trail surfaces and provide great shock absorption, too. If you run a lot in wet, muddy conditions, you will need a water-resistant pair with anti-debris mesh.

Wear the right trail running shoes and even the most uneven trail will be as easy to conquer as the smoothest sidewalk. Check our trail running shoes reviews to find that pair.

Top Trail Running Shoes

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Anti-Debris

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Heel to

Toe Drop

Price

Rating

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Salomon Speedcross 3

Yes

11mm

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New Balance MT410V4

Yes

10mm

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ASICS GEL Venture 5

Yes

8mm

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Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 3

Yes

4mm

$$$$

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Altra Superior 2.0

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Altra Superior 2.0

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Designed to improve running form and stability, these shoes come in at number one on this list. The Altra Superior 2.0 have a sticky rubber outsole for ultimate grip. They have zero drop and a wide forefoot.

They also feature a rock protection plate which protects your feet from sharp rocks. The removable StoneGuard can easily be taken out for less challenging terrain. And with wide spaces between lugs, you can quickly remove rocks and debris from the outsoles.

These shoes have have quick drying mesh on the upper surface for those damp days on the trails. They are lightweight and flexible, letting you glide effortlessly over the ground.

Salomon Speedcross 3

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Trekking across rough terrain is made easy with the Salomon Speedcross 3 trail running shoes. They have a Sensifit technology that ensures an enhanced, snug fit. It also works to cradle the foot for more comfort.

The Salomon Speedcross 3 shoes have a low-cut profile for more freedom of movement. They also have a water resistant textile and anti-debris mesh. You can avoid wet feet and debris trapped in your shoes with these awesome features. With a dense mesh weave on the upper, these shoes will help keep your feet warm in cold and wet conditions.

Salomon’s Speedcross 3 trail running shoes are lightweight with an aggressive tread. They have a Mud and Snow Contagrip for superior blend of performance and fit. These shoes also have widely spaced lugs to make cleaning up a breeze.

Being reduced by up to 50%, the forefoot allows the runner’s foot to be closer to the ground. This helps lower the risk of a twisted ankle since you have better stability and grasp of the terrain.

Asics Gel Venture 5

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Asics Gel Venture 5 trail running shoes have great shock absorption. They feature a Rearfoot Gel Cushioning System that lessens shock during impact. You can bet on a smooth transition to midstance with these trail shoes.

With enhanced cushioning and added support, you will experience extreme comfort. The sockliner can also be easily removed for a medical orthotic insert.

The trail specific outsoles have reversed lugs to ensure great traction for uphill and downhill trails. They also have good durability with High Abrasion Rubber placed in vital areas of the outsole.

It doesn't matter if you’re running over the toughest terrain or on a treadmill, these shoes will feel great anywhere.

New Balance MT410V4 Trail Running Shoes

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These shoes are designed to fit the needs of a technical trail runner. The all-terrain outsole provides great versatility for any surface. You also won’t have to worry about any slippage. Whether you are running on or off the road, your feet will have excellent traction and support in these shoes.

The New Balance MT410V4 have a 10mm heel to toe drop and injection molded EVA midsole for optimal comfort. They have a cushioned footbed, giving you a smooth, springy run.

They have a breathable mesh upper with synthetic overlays for an extra secure fit. These super lightweight and flexible shoes keep you gliding over rugged terrain with ease.

Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 3

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Nike’s Air Zoom Terra Kiger 3 offers lightweight support with maximum traction for your nature runs. The Rubber Waffle outsole effortlessly grips rugged or wet surfaces. Its soft and cushioned midsole provides superior shock absorption as well.

It has a Dynamic Fit system that wraps the midfoot and arch, helping this shoe fit like a glove. The molded sockliner adds extra support and comfort to your feet, allowing you maximize your performance.

This pair of running shoes also protects your feet extremely well from debris. The exterior sides of the tongue are sewn closed for optimal protection. The flymesh upper helps keep out dirt and rubble while letting your feet breathe. You get even more protection with the high-abrasion TPU bars in the heel and toe box.

NIke’s Air Zoom Terra Kiger 3 has a 4mm offset that gives you a much smoother, more natural run. It allows you to stay close to the ground and also helps with stability- which means less injuries and ankle rolls. 

Conclusion

If you run up or down steep hillsides, splash through streams or sprint over rugged terrain, you need to find the right pair of trail running shoes. Keeping your feet comfortable and protected are essential to enjoying your nature run. You want to make sure you find shoes that have a tight mesh weave to block dirt and debris. Having shoes that provide outstanding shock absorption as well as protection from rocks and roots is also important. You should find a pair with stiffer soles and hidden plates to keep your feet shielded.

Trail running shoes should also have excellent traction to keep you from slipping. You want to make sure you find a pair that has strategically placed lugs to maximize the grip. Sticky rubber outsoles will help provide great traction, too. Twisted ankles are another problem with running trails but having a good knee brace adds up to your protection. To help you run more easily and smoothly over uneven surfaces, find shoes that have a low-to-ground feel. Thinner, flexible soles will help prevent minor injuries while running over rough terrain.

The best running shoes will keep you happy on or off rugged, steep, and muddy surfaces. You nature runs will be much more enjoyable when you find the perfect pair.

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The Best Hydration Pack for All Your Running Adventures

Camelbak Quick Grip Chill Handheld Water Bottle

It’s well-known that there are two very important things to remember while running: breathing and hydration. The breathing typically works out okay but many runners - new and experienced alike - neglect the importance of drinking water and staying hydrated.

There are many reasons for not drinking enough water, from not wanting to carry a bulky water bottle around to simply forgetting. As a runner, I’ve done some research and created a list of some of the best products to stay hydrated. Depending on your running style, you might prefer carrying your water in a hydration belt over a water bottle.

I’ve included a range of options here, from the top running water bottles to top rated running hydration packs to the best hydration belt on the market today. There are many benefits to each kind of hydration system, and I’m sure that something on this list will meet your personal hydration needs as a runner.

Top Hydration Packs for Running

CamelBak Quick Grip Chill Handheld Water Bottle

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The CamelBak Quick Grip Chill Handheld Water Bottle is considered the best running water bottle, whether you’re a casual jogger or a distance runner. This well-known, high-quality brand has crafted a bottle with runners in mind. This bottle holds 21 ounces, making it great for runs up to ten miles long.

It’s insulated and features an outer cover made of reflective material, designed specifically for your safety. In addition, the cover includes a small pocket large enough to hold the essentials: a key, a credit card or ID, and a cell phone as large as the iPhone 6. These traits, along with its innovative high-quality design, make it the best handheld water bottle for running.

Nathan SpeedDraw Plus Insulated Flask

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The Nathan SpeedDraw Plus Insulated Flask is another handheld water bottle. This insulated bottle carries 18 ounces, perfect for short runs.

The reflective cover provides a hand-grip and an expandable pocket for keys, ID, a cell phone, and anything else you might need on a run. The designs and patterns on the outer covers are bright and fun, adding some cheer to even the most difficult of runs. The lid is designed to dispense quick bursts of fluid, making it perhaps the best water bottle for running.

If you prefer shorter runs, the Nathan SpeedDraw Plus Insulated Flask is a great option for you.

Nathan Trail Mix Hydration Running Belt

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Another great product by Nathan is the Nathan Trail Mix Hydration Running Belt, which serious runners consider the best running hydration belt. Most hydration belts appear to be about the same, but this one offers a few features that others don’t have.

The Nathan Trail Mix Hydration Running Belt comes with two insulated water bottles which hold 10 ounces each. There is space for two additional bottles, should you choose to carry more with you. This belt is great on storage, including a small front pocket where you can store your running pedometer, a mesh pocket, and a key clip. It also features airmesh moisture wicking backing, so you won’t feel bogged down during your run.

It can be fitted tightly around your waist to minimize movement and slipping. The Nathan Trail Mix Hydration Running Belt is a fantastic option whose abundant storage keeps your hands free and doesn’t put extra weight on your shoulders or back. All in all, this is easily the best running water belt.

CamelBak Hydrobak Hydration Pack

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For anyone who likes long runs and doesn’t want to stop for water, hydration packs are a great option. A hydration pack will allow you to carry larger amounts of water without feeling weighed down, so you can keep going for miles and miles without risking dehydration.

Considered by many as the best hydration pack for trail running, the CamelBak Hydrobak Hydration Pack is popular among nature runners. It carries 1.5 liters of water. The weight all that water is distributed evenly between the straps in a way that won’t slow you down and affect your run times. It’s lightweight and reflective, providing extra protection in low-visibility situations.

It does feature one external pocket for any additional items you need to carry with you, such as an ID or a small snack. From its high-quality brand to its features, the CamelBak Hydrobak Hydration Pack is one of the best trail running hydration packs on the market.

TETON Sports Trailrunner 2 Liter Hydration Backpack

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Last but far from least is the TETON Sports Trailrunner 2 Liter Hydration Backpack, another great option for anyone looking for sufficient hydration for longer runs.

It is considered the overall best running hydration pack, partially due to its ability to hold 2 liters of water. It sports reflective trim and a built-in whistle, to help keep you safe. Despite its lightweight construction, it still offers a mesh pouch for your necessities.

Weighing in at less than a pound and as one of the most affordable hydration packs , the TETON Sports Trailrunner 2 Liter Hydration Backpack is the best hydration pack for running.

Conclusion

With all of the options we’ve covered, you’re sure to find something that meets all of your needs. If you’re a distance runner who likes to keep his hands free, you’ll probably want a top-rated hydration pack. If you prefer the ability to swap out bottles, a hydration belt might be a better fit for you. Or one of our recommendations for the best water bottles for running might be a better choice if you prefer sidewalk jogs or gym workouts. Regardless, I am confident that you will find what works best for you on this list

If you’re still struggling to decide what you want, think about your needs as a runner. Do you prefer rugged trails or the treadmill? Do you prefer longer runs or shorter ones? Is your goal to run a 5k or a marathon? Is it important to you that your water is insulated and stays cold? Are you okay with holding something in your hand while running, or would you rather keep your hands free? If you don’t want to carry a handheld water bottle, would you rather carry your water supply around your waist or on your shoulders?

Answering these questions will help you identify what you need and expect from a hydration system and then make the best decision for you as an individual. Though it may seem harder to decide on, investing on a great running hydration pack is as important as investing in your running shoes. The most important thing to remember is that no matter what you use, you have to keep hydrated - not only during your run, but before and afterwards, as well. Not drinking enough will impact not just your runs, but also your overall health and daily life. So drink up, stay safe, and have fun!

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The 5 Best Running Pants to Keep You Covered And Confident

2XU Men's Elite Compression Tights

Running pants play a key role to performing at your full potential. Whether you’re running a marathon or jogging, the best running leggings are worth the investment. Once you have found the best running shoes for you, the next thing to consider investing in is your running pants.

The body-hugging fit of running tights and leggings have a ton of perks. You can wear them alone or under a pair of shorts, and they can help keep your body temperature regulated. The best running pants will keep you warm in cold temperatures and cool in hot weather.

A tight fit also means less fabric to get in the way. Some pairs are snugger and have compression technology, promoting faster muscle recovery and blood circulation. Others have a looser but still trim fit and give you some extra coverage. These pants offer a next-to-skin feel without the squeeze.

These top picks for the best mens running pants will keep you covered and feeling confident, while maximizing the efficiency of your workout. Check out the list below and know you are getting durable, top-of-the-line running pants.

Top Rated Mens Running Pants

2XU Men’s Elite Compression Tights

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Improve your overall workout and recovery with 2XU’s Elite Compression Tights. These tights are made to fit like a second skin while supporting and protecting your muscles. This helps reduce muscle swelling and soreness. They also reduce vibration and oscillation for less muscle damage and fatigue.

2XU’s compression tights will regulate your body temperature, keeping you warmer when it’s cold and cooler when it’s hot. These pants are great for most weather conditions, with the exception of the extremes.

You will also benefit from more muscle stability and an aerodynamic advantage to your run. These tights are especially great for marathon or competition runners who need to decrease wind resistance.If you demand more power and support, try out these highly rated compression tights.

CompressionZ Compression Tights

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These are some of the best running tights for men. CompressionZ’s compression tights will allow you to get the most out of your run. They have compression technology to promote faster blood circulation and muscle recovery, while reducing muscle fatigue. You can speed up your warm up with improved circulation as well.

Put an end to skin irritation and chafing with these tights and feel comfortable no matter how long you run. The breathable material is anti-bacterial and offers anti-itch qualities. This will keep you feeling dry and reduce any odor.

You will also feel confident knowing that they are not see through. If you are uncomfortable with the extremely tight fit, try sizing up for a not-as-tight feel.

The fabric is durable and long lasting while retaining its shape after multiple washes. The high performance fabric will also keep your body temperature regulated- perfect for those hot, sunny days or cold winter mornings.

CompressionZ Compression Tights are some of the best men's running tights on the market.

Under Armour Launch Run Pants

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If you don’t feel comfortable in running tights but still want a next-to-skin feel, you will like these Under Armour running pants. They are fitted and close to the body, but still give you some added room. The zippered hand pockets and zippers at the ankles are a nice added touch, too. These extra features make the pants great for joggers.

The pant’s mesh panels offer ventilation and breathability for your workout. Feel confident with their sweat-wicking fabric and anti-odor technology. You can focus more and worry less knowing you are staying dry and fresh during your run. They also deliver superior mobility with their lightweight and stretch-woven fabric.

Under Armour is an excellent brand with a respectable reputation. They offer some of the best running pants in mens fashion, and you just can’t go wrong with this pair.

Champion Vapor Running Tights

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These sleek tights have X-Temp technology that dries faster as your body heat rises. You will stay dry and comfortable while the fabric wicks away moisture and sweat. Champion’s Vapor Running Tights are ideal for marathon or distance runners, but work just as well for casual jogging or training.

The flatlock seams keep any chafing at bay while the supportive stretch fabric gives you a compression fit. These pants also have an inner drawstring for added comfort and security. You won’t have to worry about the waistband being too snug or too loose with this extra feature.

Champion’s running tights have a reflective ‘C’ logo for night running. Even though it may be small, anything reflective is better than nothing while running in the dark.

Champion’s Vapor Running Tights are some of the best mens running tights. They will help improve your performance while offering superior comfort.

PUMA Men’s Flicker Pants

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PUMA is also a reputable brand, offering a wide variety of athletic wear. Their running pants will help you train harder and run faster, pushing you to be your best.

These tapered pants feature perforated panels on the back mid section, giving you superior ventilation. The dual zippered hand pockets are a huge plus, considering numerous pants do not offer this feature. These pants also have ankle zips for added comfort and convenience. You can also ensure a snug and secure fit with their elastic waistband.

With their modern and convenient elements, PUMA’s Flicker Pants are easily some of the best running pants. If you are on the hunt for stylish pants that look great and feel great, these pants will get the job done.

Conclusion

When you are trying to find the best running leggings or pants, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Not having the insider scoop can be a real deal breaker. Luckily for you, this list has narrowed down the top picks for running pants to help you shop hassle free. Let’s face it, almost all of us guys hate to go shopping for anything and especially for clothing we have to try on. Shopping online can be just as dreadful with all of the available websites and options. Hopefully this list of of running pants will help you find a pair you love.

Whether you prefer short jogs or long marathon runs, these top pairs of running pants will definitely not disappoint.

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Run with Ease and Confidence with the 5 Best Running Shirts

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Wearing the right running shirt can help you perform better, chafe less, and minimize overheating. Running shirts can also feature compression technology, which aids with muscle recovery.

Whether you prefer longer runs or casual jogs, having a shirt designed with running in mind will make all the difference. You will be able to focus on reaching your goals while being comfortable and staying dry longer.

Breathable, stretchy, sweat-wicking fabrics fit your body well and help you worry less. Having a well fitted running shirt can help you cut seconds off of your running time.  

Top Rated Running Shirts

Baleaf Men’s Short Sleeve Compression Shirt

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Reduce your muscle fatigue and improve your performance with this highly rated shirt. Baleaf’s Short Sleeve Compression Shirt is stretchy, durable, and soft. Not to mention how breathable it is. The fabric wicks away sweat, keeping you feeling dry and fresh. It’s also lightweight and allows you to stay cool in hot temperatures.

The flat-seam stitching minimizes chafing which is great for any kind of workout, especially running. This Baleaf compression running shirt also allows for full range of motion without any hindrance.

This running shirt is an exceptional addition to any workout wardrobe. You will feel fearless tackling your own personal run times in Baleaf’s Short Sleeve Compression Shirt.

CompressionZ Compression Short Sleeve Shirt

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Another impressive running shirt is CompressionZ’s Short Sleeve Shirt. This compression top helps promote better blood circulation and enhances your workout. With great muscle support, your warm-up and recovery will be easier and faster.

One of the best things about this running shirt is its anti-odor and anti-itch material. These features are especially great during hot summer runs that leave you with a sweaty smell. You can ease your mind, feeling confident that you don’t stink.

The 4-way stretch technology ensures an excellent, snug fit. You can stay focused on your run instead of worrying about how it fits. This CompressionZ Compression Shirt will also keep you cool in hot temps and warm in colder ones. Wear this shirt alone or under other clothes- either way you will feel invincible.

Nike Pro Cool Fitted Short Sleeve Shirt

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Being a brand we can all trust, Nike’s Pro Cool Fitted Shirt is extremely noteworthy. Get ready to up your game and feel fearless with this shirt. Its attractive and sleek design looks great on all body types. The low-rise crew neckline and subtle line detail add nice features to this already awesome tee.

This running shirt also has back mesh panels, offering outstanding breathability. The Dri-FIT fabric will help you stay you cool and comfortable. You can say goodbye to chafing as well.

Nike’s Pro Cool Fitted Shirt moves with you but isn’t like a second-skin. It is great for those of you who want a fitted shirt without showing too much.

Having one of Nike’s Pro Cool Fitted Shirts will leave you wanting to buy more of them. There is no doubt it is one of the best running shirts out there.

Under Armour HeatGear Compression Shirt

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Another top running shirt that made it onto this list is the Under Armour HeatGear Compression Shirt. This great running shirt is comfortable enough to be worn all day. Whether you wear it alone or under work clothes, you will only be doing your body a favor by wearing it.

UA’s HeatGear Compression Shirt has stretch-mesh underarm panels for strategic ventilation. It wicks away moisture and sweat quickly while preventing the growth of odor causing microbes. You will feel better and stay dry longer in cool or hot weather. The UPF 30+ will also help protect you from harmful UV rays.

There are so many good things to say about UA’s HeatGear Compression Shirt. The compression fit delivers 50% less muscle soreness and fatigue. It also helps with muscle repair and gives your muscles superior support. This top is easily one of the best shirts for running.

Champion Power Train Long Sleeve Tee

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Champion has time and time again proven themselves to be a top athletic wear brand, with everything from running shoes to running shirts. Their Power Train Long Sleeve Tee is easily one of the best running shirts on the market. With its lightweight fabric, this shirt will move with you- not against you.

As your body heat rises, the X-Temp technology dries faster to help you stay cool. The fabric is also moisture wicking and helps keep sweat under control. You will feel light and dry in this running tee, even with its long sleeves. No matter how extreme your run is, you can count on being comfortable in the Champion Power Train Long Sleeve Tee.

This long sleeve shirt has a crew neckline and raglan seaming, adding some subtle style. The multiple color choices are great, especially the neon green. You won’t have to worry about not being seen by drivers in a shirt this bright.

Champion’s Power Train Long Sleeve Tee is highly recommended for those of you wanting a little extra coverage. It’s not too tight and has a nice fit like a regular shirt, except with far more benefits.

Conclusion

Finding the right running shirt for you will not only help you look great; it will make you feel great. These top picks will aid in your quest to feel confident and comfortable.

It doesn’t matter if you are running a 5K or jogging around the neighborhood, you need to have the right right running gear. This list of shirts are some of the best available. They will help regulate your body temperature and wick away sweat. The compression shirts will also help alleviate muscle soreness and fatigue while making recovery easier.

Making sure you have a well fitted shirt can also impact your running time. A shirt that is too loose can debilitate your natural movement. Finding one with a snug fit can help you cross the finish line sooner. From stylish design to exceptional comfort to muscle support- these shirts have it all. Try out one of these top 5 running shirts and you won’t be disappointed.

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The 5 Best Compression Socks For Runners of All Ages

A-Swift Performance Compression Socks

It doesn’t matter whether you’re 15 or 50, the best running compression socks are a necessity for your workout. This type of sock is important to wear so you can reduce muscle fatigue and soreness. You will improve blood flow and oxygen delivery to your muscles as well. Compression socks, and enough water while running from your hydration pack, also help prevent lactic acid build up and allow your body to recover from your workout faster.

Compression socks have extra padding for exceptional support and comfort. They help with shock absorption and reduce minor injuries. With their knee-length design, your legs will stay protected from whatever conditions you may be running in. Whether it’s through sand, dirt, water or rocks, you can make sure you have the ultimate protection.

Finding the perfect pair of running socks that matches your running shoes can be overwhelming, but with the help of this list, you are sure to find the right pair.

Best Athletic Socks

A-Swift Performance Compression Socks

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These #1 best sellers on Amazon look great on both men and women. They are easily the best compression socks for running. These unisex socks have graduated compression that steadily decreases moving up the leg. You will experience better blood circulation and lessened lactic acid build up by wearing these socks. The A-Swift compression socks reduce foot and leg swelling as well. These top rated compression socks also help relieve plantar fasciitis, shin splints, calf cramps and pulled muscles.

A-Swift’s Performance Compression Socks are made of anti-odor and anti-bacterial fabric. This pair of socks deodorizes and keeps your feet feeling fresh, keeping you both comfortable and confident. The moisture-wicking fabric leaves you with fewer blisters, too.

The A-Swift compression socks also help regulate the temperature of your feet. Your feet will stay warm while running in hot or damp weather. These socks get the job done no matter your gender or age.

Mojo Coolmax Compression Socks

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Don’t be fooled by the best womens running socks label. Mojo’s Coolmax Compression Socks are some of the best running socks for women and men. With their extreme comfort and stretchability, you’ll be begging to have a pair, no matter your gender. The Mojo Coolmax Compression Socks have graduated compression that boosts blood circulation. Improved circulation combined with more oxygen to your muscles will help you recover faster from your workout. You can steer clear of lactic acid buildup in your muscles and return to training quicker.

These socks were also engineered to match specific contours of each foot. You can reduce irritation and blistering with their well made design. They are by far one of the best running socks to prevent blisters.

With moisture-wicking fabric, your feet will stay dry longer as well. Mojo’s Coolmax Compression Socks also have selective cushioning strategically placed in key areas. This cushioning allows for essential shock absorption. These unisex compression socks are some of the best cushioned running socks available.

Blitzu Compression Socks

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Designed for everyday use, Blitzu’s unisex performance compression socks are a top contender for best sports socks. They have a one-of-a-kind ribbing design that mimics the stability of kinesiology taping. This design combined with compression fabric provides incredible support to your foot, ankle, heel, arch and calf.

With the graduated compression technology, you will stimulate blood flow resulting in reduced muscle fatigue, soreness and cramping. You can also lessen swelling and ward off injury to your muscles with these socks. Blitzu’s Compression Socks will get you back on the track quicker with a fast recovery.

If you’re looking for the best athletic socks for men, you need to own this pair.

VeloChampion Compression Socks

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VeloChampion’s Compression Socks are ideal for all sports, especially running. They are the best running socks for men with their ventilated footbed and extra comfort. This pair also has a comfortable cuff design that keeps the socks securely in place.

Being the best socks for runners, you can ensure that you are getting top quality socks. These socks undergo the most advanced medical compression sock testing to make sure they conform to FDA standards.

The graduated compression helps improve blood circulation and oxygen flow to your muscles. These best compression socks for running will help remove any lactic acid build up from your workout and rejuvenate your muscles. Forget about sore and tired feet and focus solely on your performance.

MudGear Obstacle Race Compression Socks

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Built to keep out dirt and debris, these are definitely the best trail running socks that you can pair with your trail running shoes. They are excellent for obstacle courses or just everyday outside running.

MudGear’s compression socks are the best socks for running on muddy, wet, or rugged terrain. They offer outstanding comfort and protection for your legs and feet, allowing you to maximize your workout. The thick material helps shield your legs from any abrasions that may happen on rocky surfaces. These socks also have an advanced drainage technology to help your feet stay as dry as possible.

Their compression technology will keep your muscles happy and the swelling at minimum. You can bet on a faster recovery and less soreness as well. Made with 168 needlepoint compression construction, these socks are extremely durable and high quality. You will get many, many wears out of just one pair.

Conclusion

Bad socks can ruin any run. You want to make sure you find the best compression socks for men to keep your performance at its peak. Finding socks to help with lactic acid build-up is also a must. Wearing a pair with compression technology will aid in post-workout recovery and help you feel your best. You will combat muscle fatigue, soreness and straining as well.

You also want to choose socks with the right amount of protection and padding. This will help your legs and feet stay safe and cushioned when you need it most. Having extra cushion and protection will improve shock absorption, too. The right pair of compression socks will help prevent blisters by reducing friction. This means you can run longer and train harder.

No matter your age, this list of top rated compression socks will keep you performing at your highest level.

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The 5 Best Knee Braces for Running & Beating Runner’s Knee

Ultra Flex Athletics Knee Compression Sleeve

Running comes with all kinds of benefits- like improving your overall health, weight loss and a decreased risk of heart disease. You can increase your stamina and even enhance your sleep quality. But even though it has all of these perks, it has a big negative factor- knee pain.

When you run, your knees take a lot of the impact. You can experience sore muscles, swelling and ultimately knee pain. It is important to take care of them and give them the support they need. Having the best running shoes and great compression socks helps a lot but wearing a running knee brace will enhance your workout. It helps relieve pain that would normally keep you from running further. Knee braces also give your muscles a great amount of stability and support.

The best compression knee sleeve for running will take care of your tired muscles and help you recover faster. You will improve blood flow and decrease lactic acid build up, as well. Use this list to find the best knee brace for running and finally get some pain relief for runner’s knee.

Best Knee Support For Running

Ultra Flex Athletics Knee Compression Sleeve

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Ultra Flex Athletics’ Knee Compression Sleeve is full of benefits. This knee sleeve has optimal compression to help you improve your run. It reduces inflammation and swelling while stimulating blood flow. It also helps protect your knees and speed up your recovery time.

The Ultra Flex Athletics Knee Compression Sleeve works great for reducing knee pain as well. It gives your knees moderate support without sacrificing mobility. This knee sleeve will keep you going and help you run further.

With anti-slip silicone, it won’t move around or slip down. You won’t have to worry about readjusting it during your workout. You can also wear it under everyday clothes since it is so thin and light. This Ultra Flex Athletics sleeve is by far the best knee compression sleeve for running.

EXOUS Bodygear EX-701 Knee Brace

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The EXOUS Bodygear EX-701 Knee Brace offers the best knee support for running. It has double lateral stabilisers and a 4-way compression system that wraps the knee from all angles. This gives excellent support to weak knees and damaged ligaments while helping prevent runner’s knee.Its specifically engineered anti-slip design helps it stay in place without any slippage. The 4 super strong velcro straps have a long term grip that will never curl or weaken.

This knee brace also has a built-in comfort gap behind the knee. The 0.5 inch gap allows the knee to fully bend without any fabric scrunching up. And with a skin-friendly lycra inner lining, you will have more comfort and less irritation. The EXOUS Bodygear EX-701 Knee Brace offers extreme comfort. With its premium support and durable fabric, this is is the best knee brace for runners knee.

Ultra Flex Athletics Knee Brace

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Another good knee brace for running is the Ultra Flex Athletics Knee Brace. This adjustable brace fits up to 22 inches above knee circumference. It fits most knee sizes, making it great for both teens and adults. It also comes with a bonus ankle brace included in the price!

This knee brace is 80% neoprene, making it waterproof. It has full functionality during rainy weather or even a quick shower. It has an open patella design that reduces pressure on the knee. There’s also double lateral support that helps stabilize the knee and give greater shock absorption.

The Ultra Flex Athletics Knee Brace will stay in place with the enforced trim and silicone strips. You can do any high-impact sport and not worry about this brace slipping or bunching. With the extra support and pain relief this brace offers, you can perform at higher levels and reach new goals.

CopperJoint Copper Compression Knee Sleeve

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With 100% money back guarantee, you have no reason not to try this knee sleeve.

The CopperJoint Copper Compression Knee Sleeve is made of 88% copper infused nylon. This unique feature offers even more pain relief while reducing inflammation and swelling. It also minimizes injuries while providing superior muscle support. This compression knee sleeve enhances blood circulation and helps with lactic acid build up. You can wear this during and after exercising to ensure a fast recovery.

Another noteworthy feature is its anti-odor and anti-itch material. It also has moisture-wicking capabilities, making it great for those hot summer runs. This compression knee sleeve has an anti-slip system that ensures it stays put. It is lightweight and comfortable enough to wear all day and night or even to work. You won’t have to worry about chafing or irritation, either.

Wolsport Compression Knee Sleeve

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This premium, high quality knee sleeve will help you reach peak performance.

Wolsport’s Compression Knee Sleeve gives you pain relief in your knees and surrounding muscles. It uses hypoallergenic compression fabric to stimulate oxygen delivery to muscles and improve blood flow. The 4-way stretch material is lightweight, making it comfortable enough to wear anytime of day. You can also rejuvenate tired muscles and speed up the recovery process by wearing it post-workout.

Wolsport uses the latest computer knitting design for the knee sleeve. This allows for incredible effectiveness, durability, and a secure fit. The Wolsport Compression Knee Sleeve is made for countless runs without any wear and tear. This compression knee sleeve is great for preventing injuries and knee pain, as well as healing past ones.

Conclusion

The advantages of wearing knee support are endless. Knee braces are great to protect your knee from a previous injury and help relieve pain. Compression knee sleeves aid in recovery and preventing future injury or damage. Finding the best knee brace and best knee sleeve for running is a necessity. You want to make sure you have the right support made from durable material.

Braces with thick, quality straps will help keep it in place while protecting the patella. They will also give the knee more stability which can prevent injuries. The right knee brace will keep the patella secure as well as help alleviate pain and swelling.

Compression knee sleeves work a little differently, but still have great benefits. By compressing the knee and surrounding muscles, knee sleeves enhance blood circulation. This helps speed up recovery time and decreases lactic acid build up. Wearing a compression knee sleeve also results in less pain and swelling. You can wear them day or night and even to work. They are lightweight, thin, and comfortable.

Don't let a past injury keep you from exercising when you can use the best knee brace for running. The best brace or sleeve for runner’s knee will help you keep going.

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