Five local stores to buy the best running gear


Whether you’re signing up for your first 5k or your ninth Boston Marathon, you’ll go the distance with these running essentials.

Limited edition “Boston 2022” collection from Heartbreak Hill Running Company. / Photo by Lucas Larson/Heartbreak Hill Running Company

For sneakers
marathon sports

Finding the perfect pair of running sneakers based solely on obscure product names like “Ghost” and “Pegasus” can seem overwhelming, but that’s where Marathon Sports comes in. Employees will assess your goals and gait before recommending kicks such as New Balance‘s “1080s.” to cover base miles or Saucony’s “Peregrine 12s” to conquer technical terrain. As for race day, opt for Hoka’s carbon fiber model, which ultra-runner Jim Walmsley wore while smashing the US 100km record in just over six hours. How’s that for speed?

671 Boylston St., Boston, 617-267-4774,

For the clothes
Heartbreak Hill Running Company

Ditch the stuffy t-shirts and restrictive tights for technical activewear from Heartbreak Hill Running Company. Carrying lines like Nike, Oiselle and others, the brand offers everything from moisture-wicking jerseys to multi-pocket shorts perfect for storing energy gels. This month, head to their store in Boston, Cambridge, or Newton to pick up a limited-edition top and hat from their “Boston 2022” collection, inspired by our city’s scientific achievements (thanks, Moderna).

652 Tremont St., Boston, 617-391-0897,

Norwood Showcase by Charles River Running. / Courtesy picture

For accessories
Charles River Running

Tired of your sunglasses bouncing around while you jog? Heating in places no one cares to hear about? Do you feel dehydrated during those hours of training? Stop by Charles River Running, where practical items abound such as Goodr sunglasses, Body Glide anti-chafing balm and Nathan hydration packs. Owner Charlotte Walsh prioritizes products from women-owned small businesses (think Koala Clip phone holders), so you’re likely to find treats here that other stores don’t carry.

679 Washington St., Norwood, 781-349-8341,

For technology

Calling all data enthusiasts: Boston-based tech company Whoop recently launched an improved wrist tracker (not to mention its first-ever line of sportswear specifically designed to hold the device). In addition to keeping tabs on sleep, blood pressure and recovery, Whoop’s newest wearable device can alert you when your blood oxygen levels, skin temperature or heart rate are abnormal. Translation: you’ll know when you’ve recovered enough to handle those repeat miles, how much sleep you’ll need, and if you’re overtraining. The shin splints are gone.

For gym equipment
Precision fitness equipment

These days, logging miles on the treadmill (read: “treadmill”) doesn’t necessarily mean staring at your basement walls anymore. With any of the Precision machines from trusted brands like Matrix or LifeFitness, you can select a workout and then watch the latest season of Bridgerton using interactive touch screens. Not sold? Ask about their self-propelled treadmills for better pace control. Don’t forget to grab a handheld massager before leaving the store. You will need it.

275 Center St., Newton, 617-244-0812,

Hoka One One “Carbon X 2” sneakers from Marathon Sports. / Courtesy picture

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