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Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Upgrades

Although running may seem like the most straightforward of the swim-bike-run mix, the right gear upgrades can help you get more out of your next workout and enhance recovery.

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Although running may seem like the most straightforward of the swim-bike-run mix, the right gear upgrades can help you get more out of your next workout and enhance recovery.

Compex Sport Elite $999.99

This pocket-sized unit delivers tiny electrical pulses to stimulate muscle activity and aid recovery. The technology has been validated by doctors and physical therapists. Shopcompex.com

110% Juggler Knickers $150

These compression pants have sleeves that hold reusable ice packs against the major muscle groups. 110playharder.com

Newton Distance Shoes $155

Designed for mid- and forefoot runners, the Distance has lugs under the forefoot that return energy to the runner. Newtonrunning.com

Speed Laces Zero-Friction Fittings $6

Bolt the plastic bits onto any shoe to turn them into quick-closing tri shoes. Speedlaces.com

CEP Running Socks $60

Produced by Medi, a medical supply company, these socks are the real deal. Cepcompression.com

KT Tape $12

These pre-cut strips of kinesiology tape can help stabilize weakened muscles and prevent or minimize injury. Kttape.com

Timex Global Trainer and HRM $359

The GPS watch and heart rate monitor is equipped with a fully functional multisport mode to track a tri from start to finish. Timex.com