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Favorite Running Gear from 2016 (+ Giveaway)

by Meghann on December 15, 2016

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It wasn’t until I sat down to write this post, that I realized how old school I am when it comes to running gear. I’m still running with an iPod Nano (which I LOVE and will be really sad when Apple eventually discontinues them) in an old armband my mom gave me for Christmas years ago. I also use a Garmin 910xt I originally purchased for an insane amount of $$ when I was training for IRONMAN Florida in 2013. I can’t stand anything else on my arms or around my waist, so I happily run with my phone in my hand and tend to store my water and fuel along my route for quick consumption.

Like I said, I’m old school when it comes to what I run with. What I’m running in? That’s a whole different story. New shoes? Sports bras? And clothes? Bring it on.

With that in mind, here’s my top running gear from 2016:

Shoes: Brooks Launch 3

Brooks Launch 3

I was introduced to the Launch 3 earlier this year (after falling in love with the Launch 2 the year prior) and they’ve recently become my go-to shoe during marathon training. They’re a neutral shoe with DNA midsole cushioning that dynamically adapts to every step, making  them ideal for marathon training.  They’re breathable, springy, and  lightweight. I also love the streamlined look of the shoe and assortment of bright colors and designs.

Shorts: Reflective Chase 5″ Running Shorts

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I actually just ordered a second pair of these shorts. Not only do I love the reflective design available with these shorts, but I love the cut and fit. The wide waistband and longer length are flattering and comfortable. They’re also lightweight and don’t cling to me while I’m sweating. I need to order 10 more pairs.

Sports Bra: Juno

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I fell in love with the Juno while I was pregnant, and it remains my favorite sports bra to this day. I now own it in multiple sizes and appreciate all of the support it has provided throughout various stage of pregnancy and  breastfeeding. It’s the first recommendation I have for expecting or new moms. Heck, I love ti so much that I’ll wear it with just a shirt and jeans – that’s how comfortable it is.

Head:  Sweaty Bands

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I’ve tried multiple headbands over the years, but SweatyBands are really what works for me. I have a basket full of them on my dresser and wear one during every run. I put it on my head and never think about it again – the true sign of a good headband.

Casual: Dash Hoodie

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LOVE the Dash hoodie! Unfortunately it hasn’t been cold enough to wear for a run in Florida, but I have worn it around the house and it’s a great lounge piece. I own it in coral and blue.

Giveaway Time!

It’s time for my annual Brooks Running Stocking Stuffer Giveaway!

This year’s prize pack includes:

Fanatic Calf Sleeve

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Drift Running Gloves

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Joyride Running Headband

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Complete the rafflecopter below to enter! One winner will be chosen on Monday, December 19th.

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{ 120 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Megan December 15, 2016 at 2:39 pm

At the moment, ear warmers…it’s cold in PA!

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2 Christina December 15, 2016 at 2:42 pm

Finally replaced my Garmin forerunner!

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3 Gabby December 15, 2016 at 2:42 pm

I would have to say gloves. My hands get so cold when I run!

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4 Vicky N. December 15, 2016 at 2:42 pm

I just tried the Juno bra and love it, especially for breastfeeding. I never thought I would find a sports bra that was supportive enough for running and good for nursing.

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5 marcie December 15, 2016 at 2:43 pm

thanks for the chance to win

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6 Carly December 15, 2016 at 2:43 pm

Brooks Pureflows by far. I fell deeply and madly in love with the Brooks Green Silence several years ago, and it took me a long time to get over them…they were ugly but phenomenal shoes.

The Pureflows are by far the closest I have found to a replacement!

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7 Grace December 15, 2016 at 2:56 pm

My favorite running gear from this year has been my Nathan running belt. I far prefer keeping my phone and keys in the belt instead of wearing them on my arm, especially for long runs! I got mine on clearance when Sports Authority was closing and use it during even run I do.

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8 Erin December 15, 2016 at 3:00 pm

I love sweaty bands, they are a MUST for me. they are the only headbands I have found that don’t slip at all, like ever!

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9 Kara December 15, 2016 at 3:03 pm

Other than the Hamilton soundtrack and Mix Tape on Spotify, my favorite running gear is my Under Armour ColdGear leggings. Great quality and warmth for those freezing morning runs, plus a fantastically high-rise waist that stays put. No more yanking up those low-rises!

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10 Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine December 15, 2016 at 3:03 pm

Ooo My TASC leggings! So warm but light in the cold!
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11 Charlotte Brown December 15, 2016 at 3:03 pm

Am looking for some great running gloves for the winter!

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12 Kate December 15, 2016 at 3:22 pm

I like SNEAKERS for running. They are cushy and nice.

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13 Carrie L December 15, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Brooks PureFlows! I’ve had several pairs to date.

And thanks for the sports bra recommendation. Always great to hear feedback on those prior to purchasing.

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14 jill December 15, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Under Armour leggings!

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15 kelly December 15, 2016 at 3:26 pm

Brooks Glycerins are my go-to shoe!

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16 Katrina December 15, 2016 at 3:29 pm

I need some warm running gloves for winter running!

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17 Emily @ Always Emily H. December 15, 2016 at 3:36 pm

My wireless headphones have been a game changer this year!

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18 Jen A December 15, 2016 at 3:38 pm

Im in love with my yurbuds

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19 Stephanie S. December 15, 2016 at 3:38 pm

Fave piece of running gear is my wireless headphones! Love listening to podcasts while I run.

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20 Meghann Richardson December 15, 2016 at 3:39 pm

My favorite piece of running gear from this year has to be my Garmin Forerunner. I know it’s been out for a while, but I’m slow to the game. It’s a total gamechanger for knowing my pace/distance/splits, etc.
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21 Haley B December 15, 2016 at 3:39 pm

I actually love Gap leggings for colder weather runs! They just fit me great!

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22 Marisa December 15, 2016 at 3:44 pm

Love my wireless headphones. They make runs so much better without wires to worry about!

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23 Nikki December 15, 2016 at 3:52 pm

I still use an iPod shuffle and I love it. And sunglasses. I wear them even when it’s cloudy. I just find it’s easier on my eyes.

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24 Lisa December 15, 2016 at 3:55 pm

I bought a Vivoactive this year and am surprised how much I love it! I’m also considering switching to a different style Brooks when I get more miles on my current pair.

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25 Mo December 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm

It’s 24 degrees in Philly today, I need this!

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26 Meghan R December 15, 2016 at 4:09 pm

I love my new CEP compression socks 🙂

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27 Jill S December 15, 2016 at 4:09 pm

A new pair of Reebok running shoes. Love them so much – I bought a spare pair because they might not be available when I need a new pair.

Merry Christmas!

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28 Leigh December 15, 2016 at 4:11 pm

I love my Juno/moving comfort sport bras! Well worth the money

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29 Whitney S. December 15, 2016 at 4:11 pm

Love my Garmin and my Brooks Glycerins!

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30 Brandy December 15, 2016 at 4:22 pm

I’m all about fleece lined running tights this winter!

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31 Liz December 15, 2016 at 4:24 pm

I need music (I just hold my phone in hand). But my favorite product from this year is shorts from reebok! They have a wide waistband and are the perfect length for me!

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32 Christy V December 15, 2016 at 4:26 pm

My Brooks Glycerin! Love them.

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33 Cathy December 15, 2016 at 4:30 pm

I love running with music so an armband to hold my phone is a necessity.

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34 Emily December 15, 2016 at 5:02 pm

I bought wireless headphones and they have been a game changer! I no longer have to worry about my flailing arms getting tangled in any cords!

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35 Kelly p December 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Lately it’s been my running shoes with built in spikes, good for slippery roads!

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36 Adina aft December 15, 2016 at 5:37 pm

I have the Juno sports bra and it’s the only one I will wear now!

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37 Tara December 15, 2016 at 5:37 pm

I ive in the northernmost part of New Hampshire and I have to say that my favorite piece of running gear is my lululemon winter running coat….its so warm but I can move in it. With winter in full force here, Ive had to break it out already!

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38 Meghan H December 15, 2016 at 5:38 pm

Brooks ravennas!

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39 Beth December 15, 2016 at 5:41 pm

I love my lulu crops and my Garmin 235!

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40 Kara T December 15, 2016 at 5:57 pm

I love my Juno as well. I can’t run without it!

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41 Molly S December 15, 2016 at 6:04 pm

I buy so little new running gear. I am pleased with my new Nike sports bras though!

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42 Katie M. December 15, 2016 at 6:25 pm

New running tights. It’s amazing what a pair of new, well-fitting leggings will do!

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43 AER December 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

My favorite piece of running gear are my new Mizunos. They were definitely worth the cost and helped me get a PR in my half marathon this year!

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44 Rebecca C December 15, 2016 at 7:01 pm

So hard to choose! Maybe mybestfriend running leash for my best running buddy ;).

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45 Melanie December 15, 2016 at 7:05 pm

My Nike sports bra.. although I will have to try the Juno!

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46 TENN December 15, 2016 at 7:45 pm

Hoping for some tights with fleece for Christmas. It’s getting cold.

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47 Katie December 15, 2016 at 8:13 pm

My wireless ear buds….love them!!

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48 Kirsten December 15, 2016 at 8:16 pm

My Nike sports bra!

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49 Haley December 15, 2016 at 8:22 pm

Currently loving my fleece lined tights!

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50 Caroline December 15, 2016 at 8:26 pm

I got some tall compression socks and they were amazing

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51 Lizzy December 15, 2016 at 8:28 pm

My Nike Frees are my go to!

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52 Sarah L December 15, 2016 at 8:56 pm

I am in love with my new CEP compression socks. They were a lifesaver after my marathon.

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53 Cassidy December 15, 2016 at 8:59 pm

my iPhone – plays my music and tracks my activity.

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54 Kristen December 15, 2016 at 9:25 pm

My energetor insoles !
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55 Kelsie December 15, 2016 at 9:26 pm

My water bottle/phone holder combo!

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56 Amie December 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm

New running shoes!

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57 Kasey December 15, 2016 at 9:45 pm

Favorite piece of running gear this year is my Nike hyperwarm half zip shirt — Definitely a helpful layer to have now that subzero temps have arrived!

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58 Kaelin December 15, 2016 at 9:51 pm

Cute headband! Thanks for sharing

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59 Kristin December 15, 2016 at 9:52 pm

Loving my Nike hyperwarm shirt especially the last few days feeling like it’s in the negatives.

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60 Hillary Gras December 15, 2016 at 9:52 pm

Spibelt!

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61 Kristin December 15, 2016 at 10:33 pm

I just got a garmin forerunner and I love it.

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62 Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More December 15, 2016 at 11:05 pm

My wireless bluetooth headphones!
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63 Jennifer O December 15, 2016 at 11:20 pm

My favorite piece of running gear from 2016 is a pair of Saucony Runanywhere sneaker. I bought these for a trail 1/2 marathon and love them!

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64 Katie B December 15, 2016 at 11:28 pm

I bought a pair of Patagonia shorts that are a bit shorter than what I normally wear, but I love the way they feel/move when I run. Who wears short shorts…

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65 Amy December 16, 2016 at 12:15 am

Love the hoodie!!

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66 Eve December 16, 2016 at 12:30 am

Garmin Forerunner 235. I wear it every single day whether I’m running or not, as it’s also an activity tracker. It’s incredible!

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67 Amy December 16, 2016 at 12:37 am

I love my Spi belt. Big enough to stuff tons in and never bounces around!

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68 Erica December 16, 2016 at 5:51 am

I need to get those shorts. I’m really loving reflective gear now that it’s dark for a longer period of time in the day
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69 Rachel A December 16, 2016 at 6:09 am

I love the Juno bra too! I have yet to find a headband that I love. Thanks for the recommendations!

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70 Jennifer December 16, 2016 at 7:06 am

My Brooks Ghost shoes!

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71 Megan C December 16, 2016 at 7:09 am

My Asiacs g2000s!

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72 Nikki December 16, 2016 at 7:12 am

Puma sneakers

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73 Kaley December 16, 2016 at 7:13 am

I scored my first pair of brooks shoes this year!

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74 Noelle December 16, 2016 at 7:54 am

My husband and I recently got apple watches and I have been completely obsessed with it for running. I love the fact that you can load up your music and then don’t have to run wth your phone but still have your music. I also love my BlueBuds Bluetooth headphones! Best invention ever.

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75 Emily December 16, 2016 at 8:23 am

I live in a state where we currently have 8 inches of snow on the ground and the high is 4 degrees today. So…I have to say my fleece lined running pants! I bought them at Meijer (a superstore/grocery store) and they are amazing!

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76 Monica December 16, 2016 at 8:38 am

My favorite running gear this year is my new Zella running capris!

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77 Katie R. December 16, 2016 at 8:44 am

I never leave without a headband! Love them for keeping the little hairs out of my face.

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78 Nikki Lynne Stephanou December 16, 2016 at 8:50 am

love sweatybands!!!!

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79 Lindsay Edwards December 16, 2016 at 8:52 am

Maybe this is lame but I love new socks!

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80 Claire December 16, 2016 at 9:04 am

I bought a new pair of capris that I’m in love with!

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81 Tara December 16, 2016 at 9:09 am

Flipbelt…obsessed!!

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82 Jessica December 16, 2016 at 9:20 am

I really need to try out that sport bra!

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83 Molly P December 16, 2016 at 9:21 am

Those gloves look amazing! I could use a new pair!

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84 Brandy H. December 16, 2016 at 9:29 am

I need those gloves!!! I hate having cold hands so those would be awesome!

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85 Michelle December 16, 2016 at 9:48 am

My favorite running gear is my brooks pureflows. Thank you!

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86 Lo December 16, 2016 at 9:53 am

I’m definitely pretty old school, too. Been running with an ipod shuffle for many years and hope I never have to stop!

Favorite new gear of 2016 is definitely my Garmin 225.

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87 Kandi December 16, 2016 at 10:06 am

I love my Juno bras! Total game changer while nursing.

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88 Caitlin December 16, 2016 at 10:16 am

Love my Garmin Forerunner! I forgot which # it is but it’s super basic, but just enough for this beginner.

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89 Deidra December 16, 2016 at 10:24 am

The juno bra is awesome. Since I’m still nursing it’s a must have.

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90 Rebecca December 16, 2016 at 10:52 am

I’m so old school, I don’t even run with music! I take my phone with me in case of emergency, but I put it in my pocket (if it’s big enough) or SPI belt.

I love my Forerunner 10, it’s the most basic watch they make and it’s perfect for me. I try to wear it every run.

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91 adrienna December 16, 2016 at 10:55 am

My favorite gear from 2016 is probably these basic Oiselle tights that I got on sale. They’re so comfy and I really wish they were warmer.

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92 Robin December 16, 2016 at 11:33 am

Living in NJ, I can’t run in the winter months without covering my ears! Fleece headbands are my #1 accessory for a run in anything below 50 degrees!

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93 Kayley December 16, 2016 at 11:50 am

I love my new Salomon SpeedCross 4 shoes!

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94 Katie December 16, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Anything from the polartec line at athleta, they do not mess around with their fleece. (but it would be too much for a floridian)
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95 Holly December 16, 2016 at 12:11 pm

My Brooks Ghosts are my favorite! I’ve been a loyal fan for many years and love having such a reliable shoe.

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96 Katie D. December 16, 2016 at 12:12 pm

my lululemon earwarmers!

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97 Elle December 16, 2016 at 12:44 pm

My Under Armour Cold Gear Mocks are a must. I wear them daily since it is COLD and I exercise outside always.

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98 Mallory December 16, 2016 at 12:53 pm

Non slip socks!

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99 Sarah December 16, 2016 at 1:01 pm

My favorite piece is a turtle neck running shirt to wear in the winter.

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100 Lauren December 16, 2016 at 1:24 pm

I honestly havent run one step in 2016, but I am desperate to get back into it. I love brooks running shoes! I also love really supporting/restricting bras to keep the girls from jiggling, lol.

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101 Melissa December 16, 2016 at 1:36 pm

I never run without my Garmin! 🙂

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102 Ashley R December 16, 2016 at 2:28 pm

Love Brooks! Their shows were my gateway drug but I love the thought they put into their running clothes and accessories!

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103 Madeline December 16, 2016 at 3:10 pm

I’ve done a lot of pregnant running this year, so I’m going to say my support belt!

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104 Megan December 16, 2016 at 4:07 pm

My weather resistant iPhone armband. I never knew how to carry my phone on rainy runs before!
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105 Caroline December 16, 2016 at 5:10 pm

My garmin

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106 Erin m. December 16, 2016 at 5:52 pm

I got myself a new garmin watch to replace my old,bulky one and I love it!

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107 Emily S December 16, 2016 at 7:18 pm

I love my new fitness tracker!

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108 Sarah December 16, 2016 at 7:37 pm

I love my brooks half zip running top; it’s perfect for winter running!

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109 Britt M December 16, 2016 at 8:29 pm

My new Garmin Fenix 3! It’s a massive upgrade from my Forerunner 210!

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110 Amy December 17, 2016 at 1:05 am

My fav running gear has been my fantastic gloves to keep me warm during the cold

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111 Lindsay December 17, 2016 at 7:32 am

My Juno sports bra. I’m nursing baby four and finally found a bra that works!

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112 christine December 17, 2016 at 9:27 am

definitely my garmin!

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113 Rachel R. December 17, 2016 at 10:53 am

I FINALLY got a Garmin this year – a Forerunner 235 – and I love it! I don’t know how I ran without one!

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114 brittney @ corral b December 17, 2016 at 10:57 am

i bought a garmin 920xt and i am OBSESSED with it. like you said, a ridiculous amount of money, but i found it on sale and plan to use it for many years.
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115 Shannah December 17, 2016 at 1:04 pm

Shoes! I just got two new pairs of Brooks Ravennas!

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116 Sarah r December 17, 2016 at 2:10 pm

My bombas socks!

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117 Robyn December 17, 2016 at 5:31 pm

My Garmin is my favorite!!

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118 Kathy December 17, 2016 at 7:25 pm

My favorite running gear is my garmin 220. I got it last year for Christmas and love being able to see how I’m doing without having to drain my battery!

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119 Ali December 17, 2016 at 10:10 pm

My Spigen ring that attaches to the back of my phone so it’s easy to hold while I run!

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120 JennyV December 17, 2016 at 11:26 pm

It’s about time that I get a decent sports bra ! ?

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