While it’s entirely possible to be a serious runner with no real gear other than shoes and the necessary clothing to cover your private bits, many runners will tell you that some of the other neat gear out there makes logging those miles a whole lot more fun.
That being said, if you’re not a runner, it can be pretty easy to get suckered into buying products for your speedy loved one that are overpriced, over-hyped, or just … not terribly helpful. But we’re here to help, so you can finish shopping for your special someone faster than they can run a 5K. (Probably. Depends on how freaky fast they really are — we’re making no guarantees, here.)