Posted: Jun 18, 2013 10:00 AM
 
Training for a race is grueling work, but that doesn’t mean you can't look good while doing it. Out are the boring shorts and cotton T-shirts, while in is some of the cutest running gear in the race circuit!

Who says working up a sweat can't be cute? Take a look at these stylish options for women who are out there pounding the pavement.

Sassy skirts

Running skirtsRunning skirts have taken the race courses by storm, and the style choices are endless. RunningSkirts.com
offers stylish patterns and colors in a range of sizes, all featuring side pockets for your essentials. What's under the skirt? Take your pick between a running brief, a compression short or compression capri.

If you prefer a little more glam, Sparkle Skirts features styles with built-in compression shorts that are guaranteed not to ride up, or order a Sparkle Light or Sparkle Commando to slip over your own compression shorts or pants. Both even have a built-in pocket for your phone and other essentials.

Compression capris

Compression Capris

Compression capris are great for cooler weather runs, but that doesn't mean they have to be boring. These Under Armour Fly-By compression capris not only wick away moisture and dump excess heat, but they make sure you look good doing it with subtle ruching at the knees and colorful accents. Don't balk at the cost. Good compression pants are worth every penny.

Hold your essentials

Flip belt

Your phone, key, energy supplements, lip balm… A good belt will hold all of your things, won't jiggle and most importantly won't chafe your skin. The Flip Belt is a new kind of belt that works almost like a waistband, with strategically placed pockets that hold all of your essentials, won't bounce around and also gives you an opportunity to add a little color to your wardrobe.

running tank

Cool, classy tops

I like a looser fitting running top, but lose the big, droopy T-shirt in favor of this Athleta Wick-It Good Tank. Made of light, breathable wicking fabric, the adjustable drop waist allows a custom, forgiving fit. Don't overlook the cute mesh jacquard along the neck and under the arms.

Popular running site Another Mother Runner offers running shirts that will make you want to lace up those shoes, with clever slogans like Momathoner, I run things and for laughs, Are my kids still chasing me?

Tame that hair

sweaty bands

A cute headband can really spice up your ponytail. Bondi Bands offer headbands in a range of styles and colors that won't slip or drip and will keep those annoying flyaway hairs out of your face. Wide headbands sport prints or slogans, or glam up your running look with a braided or sparkly skinny band. We also like Sweaty Bands for unique patterns, colors and a little bling, with no slipping.

Colorful GPS devices

Garmin Forerunner 10

Runners these days turn to GPS to keep them on track with distance, pace and calories burned. The Garmin Forerunner 10 not only helps you track your progress as a virtual trainer, it comes in a smaller watch face and three fun colors: green, purple and pink. If something's going to be pushing you to your goals, it might as well look good on your arm, right?

HandanaStop the sweat

Nothing ruins a run like getting sweat into your eyes. That's why Katie Niemeyer developed Handana, a high performance sweatband that wraps around your hand. Runners can wipe their brows, necks and faces with either side of their hand, while keeping that hand free for hydration or energy. With lots of colors to choose from, Handana is the perfect accessory to keep your face sweat free.

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