Fitness: Must-have running gear

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From the May 3, 2012 edition

Whether you’re in shape or just hoping to be soon, you can still look hot when you hit the races and running trails this spring. The latest in running fashion includes some upgrades that will make your run safer and more comfortable.

Are you the kind of person who has no motivation to haul your running shoes out of the closet unless they’re new? Read on.

Athleta women’s running short, $56

athleta.com

Ingenious. Lightweight shorts layered over a compression-short-like liner gives you coverage while remaining cute. Plus, they’re trimmed with reflective fabric and have a hidden, zippered pocket. You’ll kick some serious race booty in these.

Adidas visor, $18

adidas.com; various retailers

Visors are a little underused in the running community, if you ask me. Hate squinting while sprinting? Slip on a little mesh number like this one. Not only does it wick away moisture, but the fabric is treated to keep gross bacteria from growing.

Road ID bracelet, $16 and up

roadid.com

Treat yourself to a little athlete’s bling that’ll do double-duty in the case of an accident. How often do you carry an ID with you on a run around the neighborhood? These bracelets (also available for ankles and shoes) are custom-engraved with your name and contact info for family members or friends.

Simple Hydration water bottle, $20

Fleet Feet Columbus, 1270 E. Powell Road, Lewis Center

fleetfeetcolumbus.com

All jokes about the shape and placement aside (it’s worn tucked into the back of your shorts, hooked onto the waistband), this water bottle is simply about hydration. Brian Hock, a Cincinnati-area Ironman competitor, hated standard bottles and bottle-belts, so he funded his new water bottle through Kickstarter.

New Balance 110 men’s and women’s running shoes, $85

newbalance.com; various retailers

If you’re planning on taking to the trails this spring, you’ll need shoes that can hang tough. Get traction (and jealous looks from other runners) in these sharp shoes made for taking on mud, stones and inclines.