Best Activewear for Running: Inspired by the Boston Marathon

Running a marathon is one of the toughest physical feats a person can tackle. And of all the marathons, the Boston Marathon is one of the most elite. Featuring over 30,000 runners from around the world, the marathon challenges athletes with variable New England weather and rolling Massachusetts hills. With so many elements to worry about, what you’re wearing shouldn’t be one of them! Whether you’re an experienced runner looking for your next great challenge or a newbie inspired by the event, the right activewear can make all the difference.

Cotton is a great option for runners. It is notably soft and comfortable, a must have for endurance athletes. And with new moisture-wicking technologies like Under Armour's Charged Cotton®, the performance capabilities of cotton-rich activewear are similar to those of synthetics. Although, unlike synthetic fibers, cotton doesn't hold onto stink-producing bacteria, which means that your activewear will resist odor throughout your workout. This of course doesn't mean you can skip your deodorant! This becomes especially important when training for a race, since you’ll likely be training for long hours almost every day. Cue tiredness.

It’s important to check the label and the hang tag when shopping for activewear to ensure your purchase will last and be functional. Aim for at least 60% cotton to truly reap the benefits of cotton, and check the tag for its performance capabilities. When purchasing leggings and other compression items, look for 90% cotton content and 10% spandex or elastane, which ensures your clothes will maintain their shape and not over-stretch with time.

Feel inspired yet? Shop our best running gear below, and share your looks with us on Instagram using #CottonFavorites (and follow us @DiscoverCotton!).

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