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    Women's Running Essentials

    Stay cool and keep going.
    Meaghen Brown 

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    Nike Dri-Fit tank

    Ventilated with mesh panels along the bra line and down the back, this fast-drying, seamless top ($65) is our go-to on hot days. Nike cut it long to prevent riding and added reflective details for low-light runs.

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    Patagonia Nine Trails shorts

    Named after a series of California trails, these shorts ($65) are made for going long. Gusseted panels offer more range of motion than most split shorts, and the recycled polyester is DWR treated to repel water when the weather turns. 

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    Blk. Alkaline Fulvic Trace mineral water

    Yes, it’s a little strange, hydrating with a jet black liquid, but this mineral water ($2) is packed with electrolytes. Fulvic minerals come from plants and are thought to contain important nutrients, while the alkaline content balances pH.

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    Buff UV Half

    Summer workouts can be sweaty, skin-damaging affairs. Our first line of defense is this sun-blocking buff ($15). Made from wicking fabric, it soaks up sweat on hill repeats and does double-duty as a headband.

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    Vans Classic Slip-On shoes

    If you spend a lot of time in running shoes, you know how good it feels to take them off. There’s nothing remotely technical about this simple slip-on ($60), but we always keep a pair in the car for the drive home from the trailhead.

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    Brooks PureProject jumper

    Constructed from a mix of polyester, nylon, and spandex, this one-piece ($110) has great mobility and stretch—we tested it on everything from intervals to long, slow training runs. The cute schoolgirl look plays equally well at lunch, but we’re glad Brooks killed this pattern in favor of more understated solids.

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    CW-X VersatX sports bra

    Finding a running bra that offers both comfort and support is an age-old challenge. CW-X comes to the rescue with the attractive VersatX ($65). Five points of reinforcement in each cup temper bounce, and testers cheered the moisture-wicking mesh back.

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    Balega Enduro Low Cut socks

    Made to tolerate big-mileage days, the Enduro ($11) has a structured arch and a ribbed top over the ankle, which keeps debris from working its way into your shoes.

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    Skout Organic raw pumpkin seeds

    This is our new favorite recovery snack ($4.50), offering a crunchy dose of protein (20 grams per pouch) and vitamins after a long run. We also keep a few bags in a desk drawer when we’re training hard and constantly have the munchies.



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