2017 Back to School Buying Guide for the Female Runner

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It’s that time of year again. It’s time to find the binders that you buried in your closet, pick up a pencil for the first time in over two months, and start remembering what day it is. It’s time for school.

Whether you are a student athlete yourself or just shopping for one, this guide has our picks of the best back to school gear for students on the run.


The Tank

Soft, light and breathable, these patterned racerback tanks will have you cruising through your warm weather workouts in comfort and style. Keeping you cool for school and fresh for your run.

Shop the Saucony Women’s Racerback Tank
MSRP – $45.00


The Short Sleeve

If you need a shirt with a little attitude and some advice for the days you can’t get out the door – we’ve got you covered.

Shop the Nike Women’s Dry Legend Core Verbiage Tee
MSRP – $25.00


The Long Sleeve

With targeted mesh ventilation and Dri-FIT technology, this long sleeve gives you an extra layer without sacrificing flexibility and breathability.

Shop the Nike Women’s Zonal Cooling Relay Long Sleeve
MSRP – $50.00


The Fitted Short

Simple and sleek, these fitted shorts give you range of motion and comfort for both casual days and uptempo runs.

Shop the Oiselle Women’s New Mini Stride Short
MSRP – $44.00


The Split Short

Add a little pop to your wardrobe as well as your pace. Light, bright, and breathable, these shorts are the ticket to a snappy stride.

Shop the New Balance Women’s Elite Split Short
MSRP – $80.00


The Half Zip

Whether it’s keeping cozy on a run or staying comfortable for a late night in the library, slip into some super soft sleeves with this half zip.

Shop the Nike Women’s Dry Element Top Half Zip
MSRP – $65.00


The Capri

Patterned capris can get pretty crazy, but fear not – for those who aren’t in the market for neon fireworks, you can still strut your stuff in something fun and fashionable.

Shop the ASICS Women’s Interval Capri II
MSRP – $50.00


The Scrunchie

Bet you didn’t know that scrunchies were back in style. If the craze hasn’t caught on at your school, just wait. It’s coming.

Shop the Nike Gathered Hair Ties
MSRP – $8.00


The Socks

You probably need socks. Don’t settle. Give your feet a treat with these plush, seamless, no-show socks and log your miles in luxury.

Shop the Balega Hidden Comfort No Show Socks
MSRP – $13.00


The Watch

After working on Algebra for hours, let your watch do the math. Nifty tracking features make hitting the right pace and logging your training a breeze.

Shop the Garmin Forerunner 25 GPS Watch
MSRP – $170.00


The Backpack

There’s enough to sweat about between calculus and hill repeats, don’t sweat over storage. With ample room, a laptop flap, and pockets for all your personal accessories, this bag will get you through both your classes and your workouts.

Shop the Patagonia Refugio Pack
MSRP – $89.00


The Snack

Easily digested energy with flavors that can’t be beat. As a bonus, allergy-specific options are available as well.

Shop all Picky Bars 10-Packs
MSRP – $27.50


The Bottle

Things can get a little heated in Speech and Debate. Keep a cool head with cold water in this insulated water bottle.

Shop the CamelBak Podium Big Chill Bottle
MSRP – $15.00


Now, if you aren’t actually going back to school but you think you might enjoy some of the products listed above, that’s cool by us. We won’t tell.


Kelsey has been a low-key phenom in the running world since her high school days in Colorado. A competitive athlete through college and current member of the HOKA Aggies running club, she knows how to race. What isn’t readily apparent is that she is also an accomplished artist and humanitarian. If you ask nicely, you might get to see one of her jaw-dropping dragon drawings.

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