Best Running Gear for Moms 2023

Buyers Guide | Fleet Feet

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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 2023. 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

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 2 Jogging Stroller


Share your love of running with your child by taking them with you on your daily runs in the Thule Urban Glide 2 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 16 inch rugged 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 2 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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Hyperice Hypervolt Go 2


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 Hypervolt Go 2 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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Picky Bars

For busy moms on the go, sometimes it’s hard to eat right before or during a run, that is where having a Picky Bar in your purse or gym bag can come in clutch. These bars are made with real food and 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. Plus, these bars are seriously tasty.
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Body Glide for Her

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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Brooks Method Short Tight


The Brooks Method Short Tights are smooth and supportive for any mother runner. They have pockets on either side and the back 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. If you are running with a jogging stroller, it gives you more storage, which moms know is key when going anywhere with children.

With two lengths to choose from, you can pick the pair that works best for you. Plus, you can wear these under a dress and not have to worry about showing your underwear when your kid wants you to chase them around the playground.

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Vuori Performance Joggers

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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ASICS GEL-Cumulus 25

Every mom needs a good pair of sneakers for the park, to go for ice cream or even for a run. The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 25 is soft, cushioned and stylish. It can easily go from a workout to amusement parks with ease, and your feet will be comfortable throughout the day.
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Thinksport Safe Sunscreen

Taking care of your and your kid’s skin while outside is super important. Thinksport is designed for athletes, so it can handle all of the sweat and water you throw at it while still keeping you protected from the sun. It is made with minerals and has no harsh chemicals that can be found in other sunscreens, making it safe for you to use.
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New Balance Heat Grid Half-Zip

Soft, comfortable and warm, the New Balance Heat Grid Half-Zip is a great running top for moms. Not only is it a great performance top that will work well for running, but if you are breastfeeding your baby, the half-zip construction allows them easy access, while keeping you warm. Plus, the top is stylish enough to wear on the weekend.
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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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$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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A buff is a runner’s secret weapon, doubly so if you are a mother runner. It can be used as a headband to tame those postpartum flyaways or a snot rag for your kid in the jogging stroller. The multi-purpose headwear can be worn in more than 12 different ways to help you run more comfortably.

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, and we’ll match a lower price from a qualifying retailer. That’s our Happy Fit Guarantee.