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Oak Park athletic shop Lively Athletics is helmed by two women marathoners who train on Chicago’s lakefront trail--and it’s stocked with gear for like-minded (or aspiring) runners. In honor of Lively’s just-opened seasonal pop-up in Hyde Park (5241 S. Harper Ave.), we asked owners Anne Pezalla and Kate Pezalla Marlin what we need before we hit the pavement this spring.

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Tifosi Sunglasses

Tifosi?s sunglasses for runners have adjustable earpieces, so they never hurt. The lenses are polarized and have tiny holes that allow sweat and heat to escape, keeping them fog-free. Wear them to cut down on the glare from the lake and protect your eyes from UV damage. ($40 to $80)

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Newton Aha

This cute new shoe has a little crash pad under the ball of the foot that helps propel you through your gait cycle. It's a great entry-level shoe for someone just starting to run. ($110)


Feetures Plantar + Calf Sleeve

Compression socks feel like a hug for your legs, and they improve circulation to your calf muscles while you run, which aids recovery. This dual-action version comes with a built-in plantar-fasciitis cuff, which stabilizes to ease heel and arch pain. ($60)



Holding your keys, headphones or credit card while running is a real pain. Luckily, the design of this little item is simply genius: It's a band of pockets that you step into and pull up around your waist. It’s deceptively roomy (tote your iPhone 6), comes in a rainbow of colors and doesn’t budge when you jog. ($30)

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Moji Foot

This popular foot massager just got an update: It now uses high-tech engineered plastic spheres to dig into your foot and ease pain. And it's super light, so you can pack it in your suitcase or tote it to work for rolling out your feet under your desk. ($30)

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