Fresh Gear: Spring Running 2014

The latest and greatest apparel from your favorite brands

Start running, they said. All you need is a pair of sneakers and some old gym clothes, they said.

Sure, maybe all those little white lies everyone told you about the sport were true when you first started, but now you're a seasoned runner who knows cotton clothes are off limits and that the right pair of socks can mean the difference between happy or horribly beat up feet.

Plus, by now you've probably increased your mileage to the point where you definitely need some extra pockets or a belt for storing energy gels, and even a carry-along water bottle too.

No matter what type of runner you are though, one thing always holds true: gear can make or break any workout or race. The right apparel and accessories simply make running easier. You never want to be uncomfortable or unprepared; you just want to enjoy your run.

Luckily, springtime running requires a few less layers than winter. That doesn't necessarily mean you can just throw on any old exercise outfit and head out the door, though. Yes, you'll need less, but warmer weather means you'll want to wear lighter, wispier pieces. And especially if you're planning to embark on long endurance runs, you'll want to make sure you've got all the extra tools like belts, bottles, and backside pockets.

Whether you need to restock your workout wardrobe for the new season or you're a new runner who needs the lowdown on what gear will help you make the most of the sport you can find all the best new items you’ll need right here.