Running is probably the most bare bones activity there is. Throw on a pair of socks, shoes, shorts, and a T-shirt, and you’re good to go. While other sports have their silver bullet gear — that $10,000 carbon fiber bike or $800 wetsuit — no single piece of equipment will make you an instantly faster runner. But if you’re doing more than a light jog around the neighborhood, it will make you infinitely more comfortable — and more willing to come back for more. With that in mind, here are five essentials for the serious runner.
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