Best Running Gear for Moms 2024

Buyers Guide | Fleet Feet

By Mandy Wahl, Tom Rivett, Evan Matsumoto Updated on

Running while raising children brings a whole new set of challenges—from the changes her body goes through during and after pregnancy to figuring out when to train with little ones.

We think these challenges are worth it. Not only do running moms set a great example for their kids, putting an emphasis on fitness, but the mental and physical benefits of running can help reduce stress and make her feel better. As a happier and healthier mom, she can chase her kids around the yard or playground and be more patient when they have that next meltdown.

To help all the moms, we compiled a list of gear that can help make the challenges of being a mother runner a bit easier. These gifts are perfect whether you are a new mom looking for gear to get back to running or looking to give a gift to your mom to foster her love of running.

Some of these running products have dual purposes that help out with everyday life as well as running. We made this list based on personal experience and helping thousands of moms each and every day in our stores. Whether you are looking for tips for busy moms who want to get in shape or looking to break the world record for the fastest half marathon while running with a three-child stroller, here is the best running gear for moms:

[This is part of our Best Running Accessories Guide 2024. To take a deeper look into shoes, check out our guide to the Best Running Shoes for Women]

If you have recently given birth, we recommend going to your local Fleet Feet and getting refit for running shoes. Pregnancy and giving birth can change the size of the shoe you wear, the shape of your foot and your running gait. We also recommend getting fit for a new sports bra, especially if you are breastfeeding since the size and support you need change based on your enlarged breasts.

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Amphipod R3 Venture Out Pack

$45
Moms need to have a snack on them at all times. The Amphipod Venture R3 gives them the storage capability to do just that. They can keep their phone, a snack and more in there and wear it around their waist when they run. Then for the rest of the day, they can use it as a crossbody bag that works well for running after kids.
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Thule Urban Glide 3 Jogging Stroller

original price $650 sale/discounted price $520

Share your love of running with your child by taking them with you on your daily runs in the Thule Urban Glide 3 Jogging Stroller. This stroller is perfect for running, yet sleek enough to use while shopping in town. Thule built a smooth ride with a front swivel wheel, great suspension and rugged 16 inch wheels.

Your kid will be comfortable in the reclining chair and padded harness, and you can check on them with the peek-a-boo window. Let them ride in style while you get your run done in the Thule Urban Glide 3 Jogging Stroller.

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Brooks Dare Racerback Run Bra 2.0

$56.25 - $75

Make sure your breasts are supported with the Brooks Dare Racerback Run Bra 2.0. Let’s face it, your breasts are one of the things that change the most during pregnancy and motherhood, especially if you are breastfeeding or have breastfed your little ones.

The Brooks Racerback Run Bra gives you plenty of support with its encapsulated, molded cups that prevent headlights from showing. If you are breastfeeding, the adjustable straps will give you easy access without taking off your bra and the molded cups give you a little extra coverage in case there is any leakage.

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Theragun Pro Plus

$599

If running wasn’t hard enough, Motherhood comes with a whole new set of aches and pains. Whether your back hurts from carrying your child, you have sciatica during pregnancy or you just need a good massage, the Theragun Pro Plus comes in handy.

This percussion massager gives you a great massage that you can squeeze in whenever you have a chance—because sometimes the only time you have for a massage is after your kids go to sleep. Plus, the small, convenient size means that you can fit it into some purses or give yourself a massage while waiting to pick up your kids from one of their hundreds of activities.

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Honey Stinger

$1.79
For busy moms on the go, sometimes it’s hard to eat right before or during a run, that’s when having a Honey Stinger in your purse or gym bag can come in clutch. Honey Stinger crafts waffles, energy chews, gels and bars all made with organic and non-GMO ingredients that are naturally sweetened with honey to provide you with everything you need to fuel your next run, while also being easy to eat at work or in the car as you drop your kids off at daycare or school.
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Body Glide for Her

$9
Prevent inner thigh, under boob or any other body part chafing with Body Glide. Place it on your skin for an invisible barrier to keep everything running smoothly. The Body Glide for Her formula uses coconut and sweet almond oils, plus Vitamins A, B, E and F to help protect your skin without clogging pores.
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New Balance RC Seamless Short

$65

The New Balance RC Seamless shorts are perfect for any mother runner. There is a back pocket that can fit most phones, ideal for if you are running without kids but want to make sure whoever is watching them can get ahold of you.

With two lengths to choose from, you can pick the pair that works best for you. These are perfect whether you are chasing kids around the playground or running a 5K.

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Vuori Performance Joggers

$94
Motherhood is an extreme sport, dress for it with the Vuori Performance Joggers. These sweatpants are buttery soft and comfortable, so you will feel luxurious every time you put them on to chase after your kids. They are made from moisture-wicking materials, so you will stay dry, and they look cuter than your ragged sweatpants from high school.
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Sprints Hats

$32
Add some personality to your running gear with Sprints Hats. With bright and fun prints, you can find the perfect hat for you. They stay put as you run, and they shade your eyes or tame those postpartum flyaways. Plus, there are kids versions, so you can match your mini-me.
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Goodr Sunglasses

$25
Whether you are in the school pickup line or running with your dog, every mom needs a pair of sunglasses that can keep up with her active lifestyle—and don’t break the bank. These affordable sunglasses don’t slip or bounce and come in a variety of colors and shapes, so you can find the perfect ones for your style.
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New Balance French Terry Crew

$80
Soft, comfortable and warm, the New Balance French Terry Crew sweatshirt is a great top for moms. You can wear it to work out, walk your fur baby or while driving your kids around in the car. Plus, it has a timeless look that elevates your wardrobe and gives you instant style while feeling super comfortable and cozy.
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Nuun

$7.50
Hydration is important for any runner, yet difficult for busy moms to remember. Nuun makes the flavor of water tastier, so you drink a lot more. The small tablets make it easy to carry throughout the day. There are a variety of types to help with everything from sleep or vitamins to electrolytes and caffeine.
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OOFOS OOlala

$52.5 - $75
OOFOS Oolala sandals give your feet the comfort they crave. The proprietary foam makes you say “ooo” and with a variety of colors available, you can find the perfect pair for any occasion whether you are changing out of your sneakers after a run, throwing on a pair of sandals to go get groceries or hanging out at the pool. We love the Oolala design because it’s made for women’s feet and looks cute enough to wear with sundresses.
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Nathan Quick Squeeze Plus Insulated 12oz

$35
Staying hydrated is important for any runner, and busy moms know that it isn’t always easy. The Nathan Quick Squeeze Plus Insulated 12oz bottle keeps your drink cold all run long, and the ergonomic shape makes it easy to take on the run.
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Garmin Forerunner 55

$200
The Garmin Forerunner 55 is a running watch that is perfect for the active mom. Count your steps, track your sleep (or lack thereof), and get help with your training from this brainy smartwatch. Not only does this track your runs, but it also includes women’s health tracking for menstruating or pregnant athletes.

How We Picked the Best Running Gear for Moms

With more than 45 years of experience, Fleet Feet is the expert in running and walking. What makes the ideal running gear for moms comes down to the personal experience, goals, preferences and style of that person. At Fleet Feet, we have been helping runners and walkers pick out the right gear for decades and want to pass that knowledge on to you.

We use a combination of real-life use, quality of materials, seasonal trends and our own top-seller lists to pick out the best running gear. With all that in mind, we picked gear that lived up to our personal (and professional) expectations and we think they will live up to yours as well.

Standing Behind Our Picks

We picked the best running gear for moms based on what we think will work for the most people in the most situations. If you buy any gear from us and you don’t love the way it looks, fits or performs, bring them back within 60 days for a full refund. Plus, we offer free shipping on all orders over $99 on fleetfeet.com, and we’ll match a lower price from a qualifying retailer. That’s our Happy Fit Guarantee.