In my somewhat biased opinion, running is great. It helps me stay healthy and sharp, both physically and mentally. But starting out is tough. Whether you’ve just committed to that Couch to 5K program or signed up for your first half marathon, you’re going to need a little push. Luckily, there are lots of running products for beginners to ease you into it. (Let’s be honest: there is no greater motivator than new gear.)
Despite being a seasoned runner myself, I've had some peaks and valleys. Over the last decade, I’ve successfully completed several marathons — but have also gone through months-long stretches when I could barely log more than five miles, total. So even though I’m not exactly a beginner, I’m very familiar with the feeling of getting back into running shape. I’ve also had plenty of time and experience to test out new products and determine what’s actually worth the money.
Whether you’re a total newbie or just getting back into things, here are some of the essential items you’ll need to get you hitting the pavement, all available on Walmart.com.
Based on factors like foot width and pronation, the best running shoes vary greatly from person to person, which is why I left them off the list. But every runner should own several pairs of breathable, no-show socks. $6.97 is a small price for ultimate foot comfort.
For years, I acted like running sunglasses were merely an ornamental accessory—much to the overall detriment of my eye health. These sunglasses are polarized, don’t slide down your face, and as a bonus, float in water if you decide to go for a post-run swim.
The sleekly designed Garmin Forerunner 25 is the perfect training partner. This OG smartwatch tracks how far and how fast you’re going; plus, it lets you know when you can push it based on heart rate activity. It even automatically pauses and resumes if you get stuck at a traffic light.
I've tried a lot of running shorts, and these have a lot of the qualities I love: a wide waistband, five-inch inseam (most other women’s running shorts have three-inch inseams or shorter), and sweat-wicking properties. This well-reviewed pair is under $10 and also includes a compression short layer for extra coverage.
I hate to point this out, but in the coming months, the sun will be setting earlier and earlier. If you’re an after-work runner like me, your runs are going to be getting real dark real soon. Make sure drivers can see you at nighttime with this breathable reflective vest.
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