This simple gear list includes the bare necessities you’ll need to jump-start your run training, along with some examples. If you’re just getting started, be sure to also check out the beginner kits for the swim and bike lists from our 2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide.
Look for a pair that fits securely without blocking your vision while riding so you can use them in training and while racing. The rimless design of the Tifosi Vogel ($50, Tifosioptics.com) allows these sunglasses to fit snugly without obstructing your field of vision.
A thin layer of this water- and sweat-resistant sunscreen lets your skin breathe naturally so it doesn’t increase your body’s core temperature. Kinesys 30 Fragrance Free ($19, Kinesys.com) won’t leave you smelling like a beach and is up to the challenge of a long training day.
Find a watch with the training features you’ll actually use—not necessarily the most tricked out one you can afford. A sleek design makes this Mio Alpha wrist-mounted heart rate monitor uniquely easy to use. It takes your pulse through the wrist, no chest strap required.
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Hat or visor
Shield your head and face without capturing heat. A Headsweats hat ($20, Headsweats.com), a common race giveaway, does the trick.
Mobile aid station
Refueling on the go is key for any run longer than an hour. With this Fuel Belt 4-Bottle Custom Fit Revenge hydration system, you can comfortably carry 24 ounces of liquid. Plus the zippered side pocket lets you stash gels, energy blocks or a set of keys.
Elastic laces quickly close for fast transitions, but can change the feel of the shoe. Static quick-closure laces like Greeper Sports laces ($13, Greeperlaces.com) save time in transition without compromising the feel of the shoe.
All-purpose running shoes
Selecting shoes to match workout type can help you stay healthy and run faster, but finding a dependable pair of trainers is key. The Asics Gel-Excel33 2 is a great choice for neutral runners requiring a versatile shoe cushioned enough for long training runs, but light enough for faster tempo work and racing.