A new season will surely not go without another list of Young&Rungry Running Must-Have’s. Yes, this is for my readers, but it’s also an excuse for me to spend mindless hours peering around running stores, flipping through lookbooks, and researching all the best spring gear that you and I do not want to miss.
Fall is all about reflection, winter about protection, and summer- hydration, which leaves spring to be a time for looking fine, keeping cool, and staying dry. Today I’m going to share with you my spring running wish list so we can all keep up to date with the trendiest running pieces of the season.
Let’s start with the basics, you’re going to need a good pair of shoes. Might I begin recommending that you check out my Shoe Guide to get some fresh spring running kicks.
They say you’re never fully dressed for your run without your watch (or was it smile?) so if you’re looking for a great GPS watch this spring to keep up with your pace and miles, check out my Garmin Guide.
For us minimalists out there who love ditching the singlet and running in a sports bra, check out my Bra Guide to find the perfect fit and some good breathable options for the warmer weather.
This is a safe place so we can all go ahead and admit that if it were socially acceptable and there was enough body glide in the world, we all would prefer to run in the nude. The North Face was gracious enough to give us the next best thing in the form of this light and spunky tank top. I eye’d this bad boy at Fleet Feet the other night and it is even cuter in person. It fits very true to size so don’t be afraid to order online either.
You all know how much I love Craft Sportswear. We just got these for our new Fleet Feet Racing Team kits and I’m so very obsessed. I’ve never had a singlet that crosses back like that and I absolutely love how light it is and the way it covers up my side boob (realness)
Oiselle may be known for their high fashion running apparel, but they’re also a leader in functionality. Everything they make is comfortable and adorable and these new sleek tanks are no exception.
I have this tank in royal blue and it is my FAVORITE to run in during the warmer months. Like the Better Than Naked Singlet, in this you might as well be running in a sports bra, but without all the cat calls.
I bought my sister one of these shirts for just hanging around the house since they’re soft and aren’t specifically for running, but I ended up going back to get myself a couple because I actually love running in them especially for my lighter or social runs. They are so breezy, cute, and comfortable I seriously want to live in it.
I bought the long sleeve version of this top on a whim last month and it’s quickly become one of my favorites. I love the fit and there are tiny little holes all over it so that it’s really breathable and airy. These are perfect for runs in the morning or late afternoon.
I’ve talked about these before, but I love the speed shorts because first of all they’re adorable, but also because they’re flexible, they stay in place, they wick moisture, and I love the fit.
Everyone has their brand, and Saucony is definitely mine when it comes to shorts. They always leave me plenty of needed room in the butt box and everything fits like a traditional track short should, but they use the least amount of material needed. So often, running shorts end up feeling like or looking like diapers, but these are more minimal without looking skimpy.
I wear these shorts probably more than anything I own. They are made specifically for train running, which really just means they are great for all terrain and have a zillion pockets. They are on the shorter side, but they have plenty of booty room and are like running in comfy raincoat shorts… if that makes sense.
I have the older version ($24 here* on Amazon), and they are by far my favorite tights to race in. They have the side pockets and are the absolute perfect fit and length. I don’t think much has changed, but I love the patterns on the new ones.
Again, everything Oiselle makes fits great and is true to size. I love the new patterns of their stride shorts, which are flexible, stretchy, and will make you feel fast.
I have a pair of these that I like to run shorter races in and they are by far the thinnest and tightest tight shorts I’ve ever bought. I love the thinner material because in warm spring races, less is definitely more. I also workout in them because there’s no zipper in the back to irritate by tailbone when I’m doing leg lifts and things. They’re ideal for the runner who doesn’t want to be adjusting a lot of material while they sprint to the finish and the best part is that they are super cheap on the amazon link above!
If you have a hankering for a little more coverage, Brooks has you covered with these longer, 7″ shorts. I love that blue, but they also have them in black.
I don’t think I’m cool enough to say phrases like “fresh to death,” but if I were I’d definitely say it about this. Spring is notorious for raining, so add this adorable, minimal, rain jacket from Lole to your list of gear. It’s so thin that it won’t suffocate you while running, but it’ll keep you dry and focussed.
Every runner needs a cute headband, regardless of the season. I love these thin bands by Athelta because they don’t budge or pull your hair out.
I’m a running sock collector and hoarder. I’ve tried them all and I must say that Swiftwick is my favorite. All brands (see below) make at least one (often more) really good sock, but these guys seem to nail it every time. I love the Aspire because they are light, have the highest thread count, and they wick moisture better than anything out there, which is obviously very important in these warmer temps to thwart friction and fight against blisters.
I’ve been wearing Feetures! for years now and I love them as well. They are great for moisture wicking, are light, and what I like the best about them is how tight they are. They don’t move at all during runs and I never have a problem with the backs falling down. With these, I recommending getting a size larger than usual because they run a little small for me.
Balega is probably the most widely popular sock brand because they are really cushy and comfortable. In the past, I only bought them for work or leisure because it was too much material for me, but I recently got a pair of these and I’m so in love. They are light, thin, and incredibly breathable.
I know, wool during the spring? Yes! Smartwool’s technology is so great that their wool can act as both a heating and cooling agent, keeping your body close to its equilibrium. It has a super high thread count, which makes them comfortable and they are really thin so it’s pretty much the most breathable wool you’ve ever put on your body. I know a guy that wears nothing but these all year round for his ultra marathons and swears by them.
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What is your favorite part about running in the spring? I love the bright colors and less layers!
Do you wear a lot of colors when you run? Does that reflect the rest of your wardrobe?
What races do you have coming up or where are you in your training right now?