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    Running Essentials

    Start early and end late with this go-fast gear.

    —Meaghen Brown

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    Oakley RPM Squared Sunglasses

    Sticky rubber on the RPM’s ($150) ears and nose pads prevents slipping over the bumpiest terrain, while the semi-rimless design offers great peripheral vision.

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    Craft Cool Mesh Superlight Sleeveless Top

    Even on the hottest training days, the perforated construction and lightweight mesh of this ultralight tank ($50) kept us comfortable.

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    Brooks Pure-Project Jacket

    Partially fitted to work with your stride rather than against it, and woven with reflective thread for high visibility, this is our go-to for early-morning runs ($135).

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    Petzl e+Lite Headlamp

    At less than the weight of a gel, the key-fob-size e+Lite ($30) all but disappears in the smallest jacket or shorts pocket, so it’s perfect for anything from postwork jogs to mountain ultras. At 26 lumens, It’s not terribly bright, but it’ll get you home.

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    EvoFit Enso Roller

    If you like rolling out with a tennis ball or foam cylinder, you’ll love the Enso ($89). The adjustable foam-wrapped discs allowed us to achieve new levels of muscle release during a painful month of training.

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    Made from dried fruit, sweet potatoes, and grass-fed beef, these bars ($3) have the ideal carb-to-protein ratio for long runs. Testers were divided on taste, but all agreed that they’re easier to digest than the ingredients suggest.

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    The North Face Better Than Naked Split Shorts

    A completely seamless liner and nary a stitch on the inseam means no chafing during long hauls ($55). Nice touch: a tiny pocket at the small of your back for stashing snacks and keys.

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    2XU Contour Sports Bra

    This lightly padded racerback ($70) is that rare bra that meets the demands of high-impact activities (like charging down a mountain) while still being flattering enough to wear under a dress.

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    Saucony Type A6 Shoes

    Technically, the A6 ($100) is a road shoe, but we loved this 4.5-ounce racing flat for every kind of terrain. One tester even ran a 100-mile race in the Bighorn Mountains in it. The mesh upper helps keep feet cool on long hot runs, and if you don’t need a lot of padding, it flies on pavement.

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