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Warmer spring weather is almost here and that means many of us are looking forward to getting off the treadmill and running outdoors. For others, spring is a great time to start an exercise program because they’re feeling an energy boost from the additional sunlight and vitamin D. Whether you’re an experienced runner or just starting out, it’s time to break out that running equipment list for 2020. Here’s a look at some of the must-have running gear of this season.

1. New Running Shoes

One of the first things you can do if you want to avoid an unexpected injury is to invest in a new pair of running shoes. The support in running shoes wears out over time and can impact your gait as you run, which ultimately results in a lower extremity injury. Get yourself a new pair of running shoes every 300-500 miles  to prevent this from happening. Even if you’re shopping for running gear for beginners, don’t skimp on the shoes! Fleet feet has a great selection and they bring you through an evaluation to help you determine what is the best shoe for you.

Expect to pay $150 to $200 for a good pair of running shoes in 2020. If you get your running gear on Amazon, you can even knock about $10 off the retail price. The Asics Gel Nimbus is another great choice if you’re on a budget. If you don’t mind spending a little more, the Saucony Endorphin Pro is one of the best running shoes on the market — but the newest version won’t be available until June.

2. Headphones

Headphones are necessary for those seeking some pre-run motivation. For safety-minded runners, these Aftershokz Aeropex headphones are ideal. They send sound waves through your cheekbones, so you don’t have to stick earbuds in your ears. Naturally, since you won’t have your ears blocked with music blasting in them, you can hear approaching cars, bikes, and other hazards much better.

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3. Massage Tools

If you’ve been on a treadmill all winter and now you’re adjusting back to running on pavement, the TriggerPoint Impact can give you relief from any soreness. If you can’t overcome your soreness with a personal massager, or if you have more serious injuries that plague you, you might want to think about signing up for our Sports Recovery program at PursuePT.

4. Outerwear

It’s important to regulate your temperature on your runs, and spring can bring large fluctuations in temperature. If you need endurance running gear or plan on doing any trail running this spring, the Amphipod Freeform Vest is a fantastic add-on. It has two big open pockets in front for two water bottles, space in the back for carrying a 2-liter bladder and plenty of extra pockets for energy snacks or your cell phone.

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5. Recovery Gear

Putting ice on a sore muscle can help you stave off injury while allowing you to keep exercising, but who wants to sit around with a bag of frozen peas or ice when they could be out running? The Recoup Cryosleeve can be stored in your freezer. When you’ve just come back from a run, slip it over that tender arm or leg, adjust the amount of compression and you’re good to go. Recoup has just released a heated version as well, which works with a rechargeable battery pack.


  • Beginners and pros: Spring is a great time for a new pair of running shoes
  • Headphones can give you the motivation to go the extra mile (or the first one!)
  • Massage and cooling tools can help relieve soreness and tenderness
  • Lightweight vests and jackets can keep you insulated, prepared and regulated on longer runs.

Performance Training with PursuePT

With the right gear on your running equipment list, you’ll be able to avoid any spring injuries as you get used to running outdoors again. If you’re nervous or have any questions about starting a personal running program, we’re here to help. Contact us to sign up for Performance Training at Pursue PT, where you can work directly with a physical therapist who will teach you everything you need to know, wherever you are in your fitness journey.