While this spring might look like slightly (okay, majorly) different from spring 2019, running is still possible — and maybe even critical. As a runner, I find it to be the best way I know how to deal with change, the unknown and whatever else this quarantine brings up. Which is to say, I’ve been running quite a bit — sometimes even in the middle of the day, all thanks to this new work from home indefinitely policy.
It’s especially tough to motivate myself on rainy mornings, so as soon as the sun peeks out behind the clouds, I’m lacing up my shoes to pound the pavement. The open roads, while somber, have turned into my track. And I find myself waving or nodding to everyone on the street — and then speeding up with that jolt of connection.
So in spite of the world pressing pause, as the weather gets warmer we runners are starting up, and with this time of year comes new gear. While brands may have downshifted, they haven’t stopped producing. Here are the latest items we are loving. Let’s run April.
Janji 2-in-1 Traverse Short in Eagle Ray
Janji’s bright patterns and lightweight fabrics make these shorts a go-to pick for the rare 60-degree days we get here in NYC. When that sun finally shines through the clouds and everyone seems to find a reason to venture outside their homes for a quick jaunt, these are the shorts I’m pulling on. The bright blue built-in liner doesn’t move and the stash pockets mean I don’t have to carry my phone or my keys in my hand. Plus, the waistband is smooth and doesn’t dig, which makes it more likely that I’ll be pulling these on all summer long.
Brooks Hyperion Tempo
The Brooks Hyperion Tempo is the everyday training shoe released in conjunction with the carbon-plate racing shoe, the Hyperion Elite. They’re a bit pricier than say the Adrenaline or Launch, but you’re getting a solid speed shoe. The Hyperion Tempo have a DNA Flash midsole, a new lightweight and comfortable foam that supposedly gives you great feedback on speed days (remember track practice?) and tempo runs. Stay tuned for further testing notes when we get them.
Hoka One One Wind-Resistant Jacket
Hoka One One is known for their plushly cushioned workhorse sneakers that keep you moving on the road or the trail, and now the brand has launched apparel to inspire you to keep going. The collection includes 15-plus pieces, but our favorite is the wind-resistant jacket. The bright blue quarter zip is simple with just a ‘HOKA’ label on the right chest and ‘Time to Fly’ down the left arm. Despite the branding, it’s chic and something we’d wear around on weekends. The chest pocket is ideal for cards (anyone else miss the subway?) or keys.
Saucony Kinvara 11
Forget your tennis whites, you’re going to want to pull Saucony’s Kinvara 11s on when the sun is shining. A soft, plush outsole made with PWRRUN cushioning is incredibly lightweight yet still smooth on the roads. Back when I was run commuting, this sneaker was an easy one to pull on and get moving.
New Balance Q Speed Jacquard Short Sleeve
Back when I was searching for the best sweat-wicking running shirts, I tested the New Balance Q Speed Short sleeve and fell in love with the thin fabric. Naturally I’m excited about the return of the Q Speed shirt with what appears to be an even lighter fabric. That cool mint hue will pop, and it’s easy to layer under a long sleeve or windbreaker for harsher weather days.
Balega Ultralight No Show
While I’m partial to calf-height, these Balega ultralight no-show socks come in fantastical colors for the spring. How can you not smile when looking down at those neon brights?
These new sunnies from 100% have a super sleek rimless shield complete with all the other features we love from the brand: scratch-resistant coating and full UV protection. Plus, the Hypercrafts weigh in at just 23 grams, less than a AA battery.
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