10 Essentials Every New Runner Needs From

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By Theresa Ukpo

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 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 to get you started. See you at the races!

A Good Pair Of Running Shoes Are Your Best Friend

Tote Your Essentials And Stay Hydrated With This Sleek Running Belt

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

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

Get Comfort And Support With This Compression Sports Bra

Track And Monitor Your Run Progress With This Fitness Watch

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

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

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

Protect Your Body's Largest Organ With This Sweatproof Suncreen

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