Spring running essentials

Though the season brings with it warmer temperatures, there are also unpredictable rain showers and cold fronts to contend with. Reinvigorate your running wardrobe with pieces that work well in spring weather and feature trends of the moment like eye-catching florals, longer shorts for women, and shorter shorts for men.

Ahead, 8 items that marry runway inspiration with performance benefits.

Wolaco Walker Crop Top

Designed with a high neckline for extra support, this cropped top, from Wolaco’s just-released women’s collection, is ideal for a long run. Embrace seasonal colors and try it in the emerald hue.


DOXA Troy Tee X-ray

This quick-dry shirt in a fresh green shade feels particularly spring-appropriate and pairs easily with navy and black running kits. Commit to the full look and wear it with matching shorts.


ASICS Liberty Print Hoodie Wind Jacket

For urban runners, choosing a shell that stands out is crucial safety-wise. Made from weather-resistant fabric, this patterned windbreaker features a hidden hood to protect against inclement spring weather.


Rhone Swift Short

A built-in strap holds your shirt in place in breezy April conditions. Although women’s short lengths are getting longer, men’s are getting shorter so give the five-inch style a go. Get them in white, which extends beyond the tennis court as a spring neutral.


Ultracor Aero Printemps Leaves

Take a cue from the cycling world and try these longer shorts, which can be worn post-run with a leather jacket and simple white sneakers. Aside from the style benefits, these bottoms also reduce chafing thanks to increased leg coverage.


Under Armour True Wireless Flash Headphones

Designed specifically for runners, these newly-released wireless headphones are engineered to stay in your ears and can be worn in any weather. When your running partner makes conversation or a car speeds by, they will automatically adjust the volume so you can hear what’s going on around you.  


ROKA Phantom Titanium Aviator Sunglasses

“The frames do not move an inch when I run,” says Dorothy Beal. “I've completed multiple marathons wearing them and completely forgot I even had them on.” This aviator style is also sleek enough to wear before and after the race.


WYN Republic All. The. Things. Leopardess Leggings

These tights are made from silky, soft fabric that Beal says is “so amazing it’s hard to describe. It is a reason I regularly run in these.” The animal print feels current and can be paired with a sports bra or top in any color.



Dorothy Beal

Dorothy Beal is a runner, writer, and mom of three. She just finished her 39th marathon. Follow her at @mileposts, @irunthisbody, and @ihavearunnersbody.
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