Spring is a time of rejuvenation. We can shed heavy winter layers and really start moving again, and the promise of warmer weather can help kick start your workout. Read on for our spring running guide for our top picks to get you geared up, wherever you train!
For the Treadmill Runner
You live at the gym, and just because you have the warmth of your indoor running space all year round, doesn’t mean you can’t refresh your gear for spring!
For Her: The Asics FuzeX Lyte Running Shoe is lightweight and has amazing cushioning. The full ground contact outsole provides a smooth transition from heel to toe. It’s simply a great option for endless miles on a flat surface.
For Him: The New Balance 775v2 Running Shoe uses CUSH+ material to cradle your feet in comfort as you smoke your neighbors in that treadmill race.
For the Trail Runner
Dense forests? No problem. Rocks? Easy. There’s no terrain or obstacle that can get in the way of your run. You need shoes that can keep up.
For Her: The Saucony Nomad TR Running Shoe is part of the brand’s Run Anywhere line. The outsole is engineered to adapt to all kinds of terrain and provides 3X more traction than standard rubber. This sneaker is durable and meant to last. With a sock-like fit and extra cushioning, we have a feeling you’ll be able to tackle even more out there.
For Him: Meet our newest athletic brand, Hoka One One! The Speedgoat Trail Running Shoe doesn’t mess around. The shoe’s inspiration was Karl Meltzer and the tough conditions of the Speedgoat 50k. Notable feature: Groundrubber toecap for increased toe protection, so along with cushioning everywhere else, you won’t have to worry about stubbing your toe on uneven ground.
For the Road Runner
You prefer fresh air to the gym any day. Now that it’s getting warmer out, you welcome your newly green neighborhood with open arms (and awesome kicks).
For Her: The Hoka One One Vanquish 2 Road Running Shoe is known for its extreme cushioning, perfect for a daily run on the streets. It provides a springy feel with lots of breathability and support.
For Him: New Balance Fresh Foam sneakers are always a fan favorite. The Fresh Foam 1080v6 Running Shoe is equipped with an Ortholite footbed and generous vamp, so that your entire foot is comfortable and can relax — no strain and no scrunched toes as you glide along.
For the Race Runner
You’re in training mode. You’ve set your goals and aim to beat them. You need shoes that will go the distance.
For Her: The New Balance 1500v2 Running Shoe is built to run with you all the way to the finish line. This is a high-intensity shoe with a streamlined design that promises to deliver ultimate performance.
For Him: The Saucony Type A Running Shoe is constructed for long distance running (5K-half marathon recommended). With its vibrant red, orange, and yellow, you can’t get a sneaker that looks more like a racing shoe, and acts like one too. The Type A is lightweight and strong to maximize speed and comfort.
It’s warming up out there, but the mornings and evenings still have a bit of a chill. We recommend thinking in layers so you’re comfortable from the moment you head out the door to your final laps or speed work.
For Her: Start with a pair of good running socks; this is a must but is often overlooked, so choose a pair with strategic padding to prevent blisters and slipping. Ankle or calf-length leggings are a great option for spring’s tricky temperatures. Try a fun printed pair to get you excited about your run (hello palm trees!) or go for a trusty black pair to match any top (workout or otherwise). A good sports bra is important for every run; we like this CW-X option (as seen in The Wall Street Journal) – it’s breathable, adjustable, and ultra-supportive. When it comes to tops, a t-shirt with moisture wicking fabric is perfect for unpredictable weather. Layer a light windbreaker on top in a bright color to help ensure you stand out to cars and other runners. Bonus: This one folds up into the front pocket.
For Him: Socks are key for your run too, so don’t forget to invest in a few good pairs. A pair of warmer running pants will take you through the season’s chillier runs and longer, loose-fitting shorts will transition well into summer. This t-shirt from New Balance has sweat-activated cooling technology to keep you comfortable and dry. Top it off with a bright zip-up, which is sure to come in handy when running through spring showers.
Wherever you’re running this season, we can help you gear up for your goals!