Just like making coffee, one of the things we are consistent about is running. We get up five and sometimes six days a week and go for a run. A lot of the times since we’re living out of our van, it’s in a new place. And we love it! Though most of the runs we log are around four miles, we do go longer. I’ve run four marathons, numerous half marathons and more 5k’s than I can remember. We’re toying with the idea of signing up for a race together. Here’s a list of the gear that we love the most: Our Best Women’s Running Gear
We’ve been running in Hoka’s for years. For a while we were running in the HOKA ONE ONE Women’s Clifton’s and while we loved them, we had a hard time tracking them down when we were on the west coast. Rather than wait for a pair to come in, we took a chance on the Bondi’s and they’ve been treating us well! We love the super light and thick cushioning that these shoes offer. The ride feels like you’re running on clouds.
Every great running shoe needs an equally great running sock. We’ve been pairing these Asics running socks with our Hokas for years and they’ve never let us down. They prevent blisters, add some cushioning and overall keep our feet happy. We prefer our socks on the thinner side because we like to feel the surface beneath us and we also believe it helps our feet breath a bit better.
This watch is a workhorse and will help you take measurements on your performance. Distance, pace, time, laps, VO2 Max, calories burned, etc. The number of metrics that it tracks is probably more than most people will even care about. It buzzes if you want it to (or can be silenced if you prefer), has a color monitor is lighter and sleeker than some of Garmin’s earlier iterations. This is probably the one training tool that we would pick over any other tool simply because it allows you to measure progress and work towards goals. Race training, anyone?!
If you want to stick with running it’s super important that you find a sports bra that works for you. Otherwise, you won’t be comfortable. This sports bra is moisture wicking and is simple in design. It also doesn’t show sweat stains in the armpits after several times of use!
Cool, moisture wicking and wedgie-free. No, really. There’s nothing worse that running shorts that constantly ride up into your butt! If you spend parts of your run adjusting your shorts, consider these.
Several years ago I got a Brooks shirt from a race I participated in and it’s made me a big fan of their clothes ever since. This shirt is moisture wicking, cut to fit a woman’s body and can stand up to van life (meaning going without doing laundry for days at a time.)
The fabric of this tank top is thin and dries quickly. It’s also a moisture wicking fabric and something that we reach for on the hottest of days. The cut is flattering and the swoosh is reflective. Oh and it packs down small if you’re concerned about space in a van or car. It’s one of the most used pieces of running clothes for women that we own.
Too hot for full-length tights, too cool for shorts, this is what we grab when the weather is in-between. They look good and feel good, too.
This is one of our go-to’s. It’s comfortable, feel’s good on our skin and looks good enough to wear to the brewery or the grocery store post-run.
This is what I wear on really cold days. The thumb loops at the bottom help keep the sleeves in place if you have several layers on. They also help keep a big gap from forming between your gloves and wrists. This shirt is comfortable (a little on the loose side rather than form fitting) but not too baggy. It works great as a base layer and can be worn under almost any shell you choose.
These gloves fit great, are warm and allow your fingers to move as efficiently as they can in gloves. You can also get your phone to work with the special tips in the fingers of these gloves so that you don’t have to take them off!
Mama always said put a hat on your head! Maybe with this stylish and not overly flashy beanie, you will! It’ll keep you warm on even the coldest days because it’s long enough to cover your entire ear, not just the tip. The inside is super soft as well. It just feels good to wear this one.
To hood or not to hood. We like a hood on really cold days since it provides a little bit of extra protection for our neck. This jacket is perfect when layered with the Patagonia long-sleeve above. And if you’re prone to spilling coffee on yourself like me, it’ll keep the stains from showing!
This vest just beckons you to go longer. It’s got enough space for a couple of gels, a credit card and your drivers license, keys and of course hydration.
Sometimes it’s hot enough to warrant carrying some fluids even on shorter runs. We reach for the Nathan SpeedDraw on those days because it’s not as big as the backpack above and yet it still gets the job done. All you have to do to make it work is squeeze on the bottle and your fluid shoots out. Much easier than messing with a push/pull nozzle. Oh and there’s a zipper on the little pouch as well which will store a car key and a gel.
Part of training is recovering. This foam roller can get deep into your muscles and work out some of the kinks and loosen up your fascia which will allow you to get a bit more lengthening out of your muscles when stretching. Plus, foam rolling just feels really good.
If you’re on the treadmill, you’re going to want a little bit of distraction. Right? We hardly ever run with ear buds when we’re running on the roads or trails but if you put us on a treadmill, we’re going to reach for these every single time. They’re wireless, come with their own charging case and stand up to sweat run after run.
Every runner should have one of these. You never know when something’s going to happen to you or a loved one and knowing that this is on them could mean the difference between life or death. I got one for my Dad and I feel good knowing that when he’s out on the road walking or running, someone knows who he is and important numbers to call, should something happen.
If you’re running in a Ragnar relay race they’re going to require that you wear a reflective belt or vest at night. One click and your visibility on the road increases dramatically. Stay safe in the winter months when the days are shorter or anytime that you run in the early morning or late at night with this reflective belt.
I’ve trained and run in four different marathons and each time I had to come up with a nutrition plan for race day. During one race, and training leading up to the race, I used these Shot Bloks. They taste similar to gummy bears and are easy on the gut after many miles are in the books. Plus they don’t melt or create a mess and they’re also easy to eat when you’re mid-stride. I’d pick these over gels any day.
Our Best Women’s Running Gear
While we love the simplicity that is running – that literally that you can do it without any equipment whatsoever – we do think that certain pieces of gear can enhance your experience. The above are some of the items that we think are some of the best running gear for women on the market today.
Did you see our piece on Van Life Workouts? It’s perfect for the days when you don’t have the time for an actual run but you still want to get some fitness in.
What pieces of gear are you currently in love with?! We’d love to hear from you. Please leave your comments below.