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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


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


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


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


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


Drift Running Gloves


Joyride Running Headband


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!


2 Christina December 15, 2016 at 2:42 pm

Finally replaced my Garmin forerunner!


3 Gabby December 15, 2016 at 2:42 pm

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


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.


5 marcie December 15, 2016 at 2:43 pm

thanks for the chance to win


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!


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.


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!


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!


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!


12 Kate December 15, 2016 at 3:22 pm

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


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.


14 jill December 15, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Under Armour leggings!


15 kelly December 15, 2016 at 3:26 pm

Brooks Glycerins are my go-to shoe!


16 Katrina December 15, 2016 at 3:29 pm

I need some warm running gloves for winter running!


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

My wireless headphones have been a game changer this year!


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

Im in love with my yurbuds


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.


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!


22 Marisa December 15, 2016 at 3:44 pm

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


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.


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.


25 Mo December 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm

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


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

I love my new CEP compression socks 🙂


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!


28 Leigh December 15, 2016 at 4:11 pm

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


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

Love my Garmin and my Brooks Glycerins!


30 Brandy December 15, 2016 at 4:22 pm

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


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!


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

My Brooks Glycerin! Love them.


33 Cathy December 15, 2016 at 4:30 pm

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


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!


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!


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!


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!


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

Brooks ravennas!


39 Beth December 15, 2016 at 5:41 pm

I love my lulu crops and my Garmin 235!


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

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


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!


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!


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!


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

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


45 Melanie December 15, 2016 at 7:05 pm

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


46 TENN December 15, 2016 at 7:45 pm

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


47 Katie December 15, 2016 at 8:13 pm

My wireless ear buds….love them!!


48 Kirsten December 15, 2016 at 8:16 pm

My Nike sports bra!


49 Haley December 15, 2016 at 8:22 pm

Currently loving my fleece lined tights!


50 Caroline December 15, 2016 at 8:26 pm

I got some tall compression socks and they were amazing


51 Lizzy December 15, 2016 at 8:28 pm

My Nike Frees are my go to!


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.


53 Cassidy December 15, 2016 at 8:59 pm

my iPhone – plays my music and tracks my activity.


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!


56 Amie December 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm

New running shoes!


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!


58 Kaelin December 15, 2016 at 9:51 pm

Cute headband! Thanks for sharing


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.


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



61 Kristin December 15, 2016 at 10:33 pm

I just got a garmin forerunner and I love it.


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!


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…


65 Amy December 16, 2016 at 12:15 am

Love the hoodie!!


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!


67 Amy December 16, 2016 at 12:37 am

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


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!


70 Jennifer December 16, 2016 at 7:06 am

My Brooks Ghost shoes!


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

My Asiacs g2000s!


72 Nikki December 16, 2016 at 7:12 am

Puma sneakers


73 Kaley December 16, 2016 at 7:13 am

I scored my first pair of brooks shoes this year!


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.


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!


76 Monica December 16, 2016 at 8:38 am

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


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.


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

love sweatybands!!!!


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

Maybe this is lame but I love new socks!


80 Claire December 16, 2016 at 9:04 am

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


81 Tara December 16, 2016 at 9:09 am



82 Jessica December 16, 2016 at 9:20 am

I really need to try out that sport bra!


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

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


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

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


85 Michelle December 16, 2016 at 9:48 am

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


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.


87 Kandi December 16, 2016 at 10:06 am

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


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.


89 Deidra December 16, 2016 at 10:24 am

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


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.


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.


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!


93 Kayley December 16, 2016 at 11:50 am

I love my new Salomon SpeedCross 4 shoes!


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.


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

my lululemon earwarmers!


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.


98 Mallory December 16, 2016 at 12:53 pm

Non slip socks!


99 Sarah December 16, 2016 at 1:01 pm

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


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.


101 Melissa December 16, 2016 at 1:36 pm

I never run without my Garmin! 🙂


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!


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!


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


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!


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

I love my new fitness tracker!


108 Sarah December 16, 2016 at 7:37 pm

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


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

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


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


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!


112 christine December 17, 2016 at 9:27 am

definitely my garmin!


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!


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!


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

My bombas socks!


117 Robyn December 17, 2016 at 5:31 pm

My Garmin is my favorite!!


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!


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!


120 JennyV December 17, 2016 at 11:26 pm

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


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