Although it has been hot and humid throughout a lot of the country for several weeks now, summer officially starts at the end of this week. I can definitely feel the change in the seasons here in the Seattle area—the sun shines bright, the temperatures peak into the 80s, and the daylight spans 16 hours.
Especially if you spent the past several months running in heavy layers, summer is a great time to change up your running wardrobe and shop for some new running gear!
There’s a few things I love about summer running gear. The colors are so vibrant, which adds a brilliant pop of color to my running wardrobe. I especially love the bright color shoes that hit the shelves in summer and fall. Summer running clothes are also very practical and can be worn for more than simply running in June through September. Light summer tanks serve as great layers under jackets for fall running, the shorts are perfect for working out at the gym or lounging, and hydration devices are ideal for long hikes or bikes rides as well as running.
So what’s on my must-have list for summer running clothes and gear? Check it out below!
Clothing and Shoes
These Oiselle Women’s Distance Shorts have enough pockets to stash your keys, Gus, and any other items for runs both long and short. They’re my absolute favorite running short!
Not a fan of shorts? Try a cute pair of printed capris! These Saucony Women’s Bullet Capri offer a comfortable and flattering fit with two large pockets for holding your phone and water bottle.
I spent years lamenting the lack of cute athletic swimsuits that actually fit an athletic woman’s body. The search is over now with Oiselle’s swim line! Their swimsuits are cute, comfortable, covering, and actually look like you can enjoy swimming and beach activities in them! My favorites are the Marty Bikini top and bottom—so pretty in the blue chevron print!
Spend some of the extra daylight hours exploring the trails. Whether you are hiking or trail running, the Brooks Running Pure Grit 4 (women) shoes will provide the traction you need to keep you moving forward rather than falling down. These are also available in colors and sizes for men!
Keep cool on your summer runs with a light and breezy tank top, such as this Breathe Tank from GapFit. Choose white or light colors to prevent overheating!
If you’re easing into running in just a sports bra and shorts, try a more covering sports bra such as the Victoria’s Secret Ultimate Compression Sport Bra. The higher neckline, thicker band, and almost crop-top like length will keep you supported and cool without leaving you feeling overexposed.
Whether you’re logging training runs for your upcoming marathon on hot days, headed out to the trails, or going on a long bike ride, this Salomon Park Hydro Handset Pack will keep you hydrated for miles without being cumbersome. Along with a strap to keep it on your hand, it features a pouch for keys and other small personal items and is designed to help you drink with ease.
Protect your eyes and maintain a smooth upright running form when you block the sun with sunglasses such as these Oakley Women’s Forehand Square Eyeglasses. Similar styles are also available for men.
Keep your face cool, the sun out of your eyes and prevent sun damage with a running cap. Try this HVAC Run Happy Hat II from Brooks Running to remember to run happy, even during the hot summer months.
SmartWool socks will keep your feet cool and dry with wicking fabric and strategic ventilation areas around the foot. Try the Smartwool Womens PhD Run Light Elite Micro Running Socks for women and the SmartWool Mens PhD Light Elite Micro Socks for men.
Protect your skin from sunburns, wrinkles, and cancer with The Honest Company – Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30. This sunscreen is non-toxic, which means there are no harsh chemicals to irritate sensitive skin.
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Question of the Day:
What summer running gear are you loving?
Do you run with hydration packs in summer?