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The Lookbook: Spring Running

With the hellish winter most of the country has endured, we can’t blame you if the first thing you want to do now that the sun’s out a little longer and the snow has (we hope) vanished is to run like hell. Here are nine pieces to get you off and running this spring (literally)—and look amazing doing it, in our latest edition of The Lookbook.


1. JACKET
The North Face Better Than Naked Jacket
$130, thenorthface.com
While this piece will guard against the wind, it’s also light enough and features ventilation and wicking fabric to make sure you don’t ever overheat.

2. SUNGLASSES
Oakley Polarized Bottle Rocket
$160, oakley.com
These polarized lenses offer the ultimate protection against the sun. Plus, these glasses are lightweight enough not to bug you during high-intensity exercise and are outfitted with gripping “earsocks” to help them stay in place.

3. HAT
Saucony Speed Run Cap
$25, saucony.com
Rain or shine, this hat will come in handy. The bill will keep the sun off your face, while perforated water-resistant fabric helps you keep cool and dry.

4. SHIRT
Nike Tailwind Shirt
$40, dickssportinggoods.com
Made from Nike’s proprietary sweat-wicking Dri-FIT fabric, this tee also features a rear pocket, ideal for storing your mp3 player.

5. SHORTS
ASICS Distance Short, 5”
$40, asicsamerica.com
Hoarders, rejoice: These shorts feature three rear pockets for storing energy gels (or whatever else you might need) as well as one front pocket. To top it off, lightweight, quick-drying stretch fabric helps you keep your cool, without sacrificing range of motion.

6. SOCKS
SmartWool Lite Elite Micro Socks
$18, smartwool.com
Wool might sound like an odd choice for sock fabric, but trust us on this: These socks are durable and comfortable. Special ventilation zones allow your feet to breath, and the bottoms have specially placed cushioning for a breezier ride.

7. SHOES
Brooks Launch 2
$100, brooksrunning.com
This updated neutral shoe from Brooks should be a solid pick for most guys—and you can’t beat the $100 price point! Features include adaptive cushioning and a heel designed to facilitate smooth heel-to-toe transitions as you run.

8. WATCH
Garmin Forerunner 15
$140, buy.garmin.com
You’ll be able to hit the ground running with this easy-to-use watch and heart-rate monitor. The no-frills interface lets you keep tabs on your distance, time, pace, heart rate and calories.

9. ANTI-CHAFE
BodyGlide Anti-Chafe Balm
$10, dickssportinggoods.com
The upside to running includes a healthy dose of endorphins. The downside? Chafing and blisters. Luckily, you can prevent both with an anti-chafe balm. Apply it to areas like your heels, toes, and—real talk—your nipples to prevent uncomfortable rubbing.


Mary is a writer living in Santa Monica, CA. Her work has appeared in Real Simple, Time Out New York Kids and on Fitbie, Made Man, Health, Shape and Men’s Fitness.


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