Here is a checklist on how to choose your basic running gear and not need to buy in order to run very comfortably. For those who might be thinking about how costly running can be, forget it! The truth is, one of the greatest things about running is how very few gear you need to buy. However, be careful when buying your running clothes because your running gear will spell the difference between a truly enjoyable run and a miserable one.
Choose the Right Kind of Shoes
First, you will need to buy a good pair of shoes. They need not be expensive for as long as they give your feet and legs the comfort they need. The shoes do not have to be so nicely-decorated with lights, or whistles, or even bells…What a runner will need is a decent pair of shoes to sustain him through long and totally tedious runs.
Never decide to go for tennis shoes or the old pair of sneakers you had a few years ago. They just won’t do. What you need to run effectively are fresh and well-supported shoes that have the perfect fit and that match your type of feet and way of walking. This is very important because as a beginner in running, your feet will have to get all he protection they need while you run. Believe me, I had to have a two months injury break because of shin splints!
Choose Comfortable Running Gear
The key in running is being comfortable. You should not only be comfortable with how you keep your pacing while running, but most importantly with how you are dressed. Most of the time, excited beginner runners tend to overdress themselves that their running gear become uncomfortable for them. And of course, this will lead to running unsuccessfully and not finishing at your target time.
Steer Clear From Cotton Tee-Shirts
So choose comfortable clothes for running. Steer clear of cotton shirts since they are absorbent and therefore easily soak up all perspiration, retaining all the sweat and moisture in the shirt, and worse, the body smell as well. If you noticed, cotton Tee-shirts are unevenly stitched and this is believed to cause chafing or even some bleeding in severe cases. So instead of using cotton shirts for running, it might be best if you go for running clothes manufactured with materials that have the ability to wick sweat away from the runner’s skin.
Choose the Right Running Clothes for the Season
The runner’s decision of what to wear will always indicate the outcome of his run for that particular day. That is why it is very important to check the weather conditions for the day before deciding what to wear before running. Bear in mind that you will never need to stop just because it is winter or because it is raining hard, or whatever. You can always enjoy running even at winter by simply layering your clothes. All you need to do is find the right mix of clothing for the appropriate season.
For example if it is going to be a hot day, decide on wearing clothes with lesser layers. Otherwise, if you put on so many layers, you will feel warmer or hotter. Bear in mind not to use the cotton fabric as they will make the runner extremely hot causing her to sweat excessively. Truly, the running gear you wear will have a great impact on the way you run, not to mention your attitude in running.