Must Haves For Newbie Runners + Fitletic Giveaway

When I first started running nearly 3 years ago I didn’t have a lot of dedicated running gear.  In fact, I am not even sure I really had proper running shoes.  Most of the workouts I was doing at the time were focused around metabolic conditioning and strength training so my attire was pretty much limited to a tank, some form of yoga pants (that were probably cotton) and a pair of cross trainers. 

After taking up running I soon learned that my cotton threads and casual kicks weren’t going to cut it.  It became clear that if I was really going to make running part of my fitness routine that I needed to make a few upgrades and invest in some new gear.  If you happen to be in the same shoes (excuse the pun), as I was three years ago and are wondering what you might need, here is a list of my newbie runner “must haves”. 

Must Haves For New Runners + Fitletic Fully Loaded Hydration Belt Giveaway


One of the most important items any runner needs is a running shoe.  Finding a shoe that fits properly will help to ensure an enjoyable, comfortable run and can also prevent injuries such as shin splints, blisters and IT band issues.  The right running shoes should have a little wiggle room, feel comfortable through the midfoot and have no slipping at all at the heel.

 If you aren’t sure where to start you can always get fitted at your local running store where they will assess your stride and advise you on the brand and fit best for you. 

Must Haves For Newbie Runners: Properly Fit Running Shoes


Once you have your new shiny shoes picked out purchasing socks that are specific to running are essential.  Think of them as a piece of equipment that can either make or break your performance.  Traditional cotton socks cause friction blisters which will leave you with some very unhappy tootsies.  Running and athletic socks on the other hand are designed with specific blister resistant technology and proper levels of cushioning and compression to provide the foot with more protection and comfort.

Must Haves For Newbie Runners: Performance Socks #FeeturesRunning


Compression clothes such as running tights or short that are made with moisture-wicking material are another running essential.  Running for long periods of time in cotton or other similar fibers can cause a world full of hurt especially if the fit is too loose.

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While the compression itself might aid in performance and reduce post-run soreness the most important reason to invest in a good pair of running tight is to avoid chafing.  Running tights with compression can also help keep you cool and dry during warm weather and help your muscles warm up more efficiently in cool weather.  Look for tights or shorts that aren’t too loose and also have fun features such as pockets, zippers and visibility detailing. 

Must Haves For Newbie Runners: Compression Running Tights or Shorts


As a new runner you’ll soon find that the weather elements aren’t always on your side. While it would be nice to run while it’s 60 degree and partly cloudy year round, that’s usually not the case most places.  Investing in a quality running jacket can save you the hassle of hundreds of layers.

Jackets for runners are made for specific weathers and provide a balance for moisture wicking and breathable material. Now that the winter nights start earlier, some running jackets have reflective materials that shine so you can be seen and stay safe during times of decreased visibility. 

Must Haves For Newbie Runners: Good Quality Lightweight Running Jacket


If I had to recommend any other item outside shoes, socks and proper clothes that a new runner must have, it definitely would be a way to hydrate on the run.  Staying hydrated while running is essential to performance and it’s as equally important to stay hydrated during colder weather runs as it is during during the summer months when it’s hot out. 

The cold can actually be very deceiving. The amount you sweat during a workout is determined mostly by intensity. Doing the same workout in the summer as you would in colder weather means that having a convenient way to stay hydrated is key.  

Aside from having someone follow you around with a bottle of water the easiest way to stay hydrated on the run is with a hydration belt! While there are many to choose from on the market it’s important to look for one that is multi-functional such as this one from Fitletic! 


Must Have For Newbie Runners: Fitletic Fully Loaded Hydration Belt


This Fully Loaded Hydration Belt from Fitletic is literally loaded with features. Not only can you carry your H2O on the go but there is also room for up to 4 gels, chap stick, and a water resistant pouch to store your ID, cash and of course, phone.  It also has integrated race bib toggles which means no more having to fuss with bib pins. 

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I’ve taken it on a test run and have to say I’m pleasantly pleased by all the functions, especially the fit.  

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My favorite feature all of just might be the Dura-Comfort Technology and silicone grippers which help to eliminate bouncing, riding up and chafing.

fitletic jump

I literally did a “jump test” and it still didn’t move or ride up! I’m seriously impressed by this belt and all that it has to offer which is why I am excited to be giving one away today! 

Fitletic Fully Loaded Hydration Belt Giveaway

To enter just use the rafflecopter below.  Giveaway ends 12/31 at 11:59 PM.  Open to US only, winner must be 18 year or older.  Entries will be verified.  

You can also use code: annmarie to save 10% plus free shipping on  Code is valid until 12/31/15.

Good luck! 

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Let’s chat!

What to do you use to hydrate on the run?
What are your must haves?


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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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Reply December 23, 2015

I desperately need a new hydration belt. I loved reading your review, Annmarie, and I think I might it. Pinning! Have a Wonderful Holiday!
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    Reply December 27, 2015

    Yay, thanks for pinning! :) Definitely check this one out- it has a lot of features!

Crystal Renaud
Reply December 23, 2015

Great list girl!! #1 def the most important. Makes all the difference to get fitted.
Hydration too is key! When I run with my camelback and stay hydrated it makes all the difference in my performance.
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    Reply December 27, 2015

    Yes, hydration really does make all the difference!

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply December 23, 2015

So I have been known to stuff my shorts to the brim, lol. I finally started to really utilize my flip belt this year (it can hold my giant phone) and I"ve loved that!
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    Reply December 27, 2015

    Haha yes, stuffed shorts while running isn't very productive :P

Kimberly G
Reply December 23, 2015

I have a Fitletic belt and I used it all the time in the winter. I need to get back to using it more often!

    Reply December 27, 2015

    I will definitely be putting this one to good use!

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply December 23, 2015

I have not tried their hydration belt but I can always use a new one. Thanks for the linkup today!
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    Reply December 27, 2015

    Thanks so much for linking up!

Janelle @ Run With No Regrets
Reply December 23, 2015

Great resource for new runners! Getting the right pair of shoes can make or break you, it took so long for me to find shoes that worked best for me! I have to admit I'm considering a hydration belt versus the handheld that I currently use, but I always worry about it bouncing too much when I run! I'll have to check out Fitletic.
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    Reply December 27, 2015

    Yes, the whole no bounce thing is a big plus. I can't stand when belts move around on me!

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply December 23, 2015

Ohhh!! I need this. I had a nice belt, but it is too small for my giant 6-plus phone now! I've struggled finding something to fit it, so I've been carrying it in my hand for WAY too long!
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    Reply December 27, 2015

    Aw boo- hope you entered! It's a great belt!

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply December 23, 2015

You are so right! When I was fitted for my first pair of real running shoes and splurged on real running socks it made all the difference in the world! Great list!
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    Reply December 27, 2015

    Yes they really do make all the difference!

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply December 23, 2015

Looks like a pretty sweet belt! I love my SPIbelt, but it doesn't hold water. They trying making a bottle that clips in, but it falls right out the second you start moving. Whomp whomp.
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    Reply December 27, 2015

    Aw boo! Check this one out!

Reply December 23, 2015

I am the most uncoordianted person on the planet when it comes to running. I can't ever get things in or out of belts the way I want to. I have a spi belt but that doesn't hold water. I like that this hold water almost off your side rather than straight up and down so it digs into your leg. That is awesome. Oh and SOCKS good lawd socks are my favorite for running.
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    Reply December 27, 2015

    Hahaha, I am pretty uncoordinated too but I can totally handle this :P

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply December 24, 2015

So i Have never had good luck with anything around my waist, but I love the look of this belt and all of the features!

    Reply December 27, 2015

    I had been using my flipbelt before this but I love how multifunctional this belt is!

Jess @hellotofit
Reply December 24, 2015

LOL at the cotton yoga pants! I used to wear old cotton t-shirts. Talk about a sweat trap!

    Reply December 27, 2015

    OMG, right?!

Montana ross
Reply December 26, 2015

Pretty good list! I definitely didn't have most of these things when I started running. I remember my first 5k my feet were so sore from running in my cross trainers haha!

    Reply December 27, 2015

    I know! Thank goodness we smartened up ;)

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