10 Essentials Every New Runner Needs From Walmart.com

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Running. It's one of the most challenging and strangely rewarding physical activities. Walking is easy, but putting some torque behind your steps? Now that's special. My first run out in the world was rife with unpreparedness. Wires everywhere, no hydration, and worst of all, tennis shoes and a barely-supportive bra. I just didn't know that there were essentials for new runners that I needed. Talk rookie mistakes.

I just ran my sixth official race and as I prepped in the days and hours before, I took inventory of everything I could possibly need to make sure I was prepared to run like the wind and cross that finish line. While shopping for upgrades to my running essentials, I came across so many great gear deals on Walmart.com that were not only affordable, but stylish too.

Let's just say I've come a long way from where I started as a beginner runner with nothing more than sneakers and a lot of heart. If you're looking to get into this amazing sport, read on for a few of my running essentials from Walmart.com to get you started. See you at the races!

A Good Pair Of Running Shoes Are Your Best Friend

Nike Womens Flex Contact Running Shoes

$87

Walmart

These are the definition of plush with a pressure-mapped outsole that amplifies cushioning exactly where you need it for a smooth run.

Tote Your Essentials And Stay Hydrated With This Sleek Running Belt

GEARONIC Waist Belt

$12

Walmart

Staying hydrated when you're running is key, and this lightweight neoprene waist belt with two water bottle holders ensures you're never without a drink.

Keep Your Pedicure (And Feet) Intact With These Super Comfortable Socks

Fruit of the Loom Womens Everyday Ankle Socks

$9

Walmart

No one wants a chipped pedicure, so make sure to get a pair of socks that'll keep your polish intact. These socks are more than just soft — their specially engineered cross-stretch technology moves and expands with your foot for a performance fit that won't slow you down.

Roll Out Those Hamstrings And Calves For Optimal Running Performance And Relief

TriggerPoint GRID 2.0 Foam Roller

$60

Walmart

The GRID foam roller will become your running BFF. With specifically designed grooves, this piece of equipment helps relieve muscle and joint pain while increasing circulation that promotes muscle growth.

Get Comfort And Support With This Compression Sports Bra

Nike Womens Victory Compression Sports Bra

$40

Walmart

This Dri-FIT compression bra is the garment you never knew you needed. It will keep you comfortable and dry while the racer back design offers peak mobility and support.

Track And Monitor Your Run Progress With This Fitness Watch

Polar M200 GPS Running Watch

$145

Walmart

This wrist-based heart monitor records and logs your runs (and mileage!) to keep you consistent and accountable.

Kick Shin Splints And Weak Muscles In The Rear With Some Sports Tape

Pro Kinesiology Tape

$13

Walmart

I can attest — this tape is a life saver. Running can take a toll on your knees and shins, so this Kinesiology Tape offers mobility and support for those rough days when you're just starting out.

Stay Motivated On Your Run With Your Favorite Songs — And These Headphones

Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones

$135

Walmart

Never underestimate the virtue of a power song. These wireless headphones are not only comfortable, but will keep you in stride, tangle-free, and push your run to the next level.

Fuel Up And Replenish Energy Stores As You Run To The Finish Line

Clif Shot Energy Gel

$21

Walmart

These fuel me on regular runs as well as marathons. They're quick shots of energy in gel form that keep your energy stores replenished and moving.

Protect Your Body's Largest Organ With This Sweatproof Suncreen

Banana Boat Sport Performance Clear Spray Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 100

$9

Walmart

Protecting yourself from harmful rays on outdoor runs in imperative. This non-messy sunscreen goes on streak-free, making it staple for all of my races. Plus, it's sweat-proof!

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