Wide selection and choice, many shops offer variety to pick from, but there are certain things no sportsman will do without. Here they are: Running Shoes, Running Socks, Technical Running Clothes, Synthetic Clothes, DryFit, Thinsulate, CoolMax, Polypropylene, Silk, Cold Weather Clothing, Supporive Sports Bras, Sports Watch, Running Belt, Phoe and Running Apps, Sun Protection, Waterproof Sunscreen, Visor, Hat, UV-blocking Running Sunglasses, Water Bottles.
If you are new to running or perhaps just trying a 5K run out for the first time, you will need to be properly kitted out. It is as much of what you should not wear than what you should, and modern fabrics are purposely designed for sport. Traditional fabrics such as cotton should be avoided as these will get wet from the sweat or rain and not dry out.
In this blog we look at a beginner’s essentials, do not be tempted to just take to the streets in leisure wear as that could prove to be a disaster and put you off running for good.
The most important part of your running kit is your shoes, they must be comfortable but durable enough to support your feet and ankles. There are thousands of different running shoes on the market and some are just for fashion, but are still made by big name sports manufacturers. So how do you choose? The first tip is research, get on Google and see what specific shoes are recommended for distance running. See if there are any reviews about the shoes by runners themselves. And then draw a sort list up of possible contenders.
Wearing the wrong type of running shoe is the most common cause of injuries, so your old squash shoes will simply not fit the bill. For your first purchase you must go and physically try a pair of shoes on in the sports shop. Once you have selected your pair and made sure they fit your feet perfectly then you can buy on-line in the future. A sports store should have experienced staff who can measure your feet and then suggest brands, investing in a good pair is a wise decision as it will make your running more comfortable and prevent injury.
Running clothes are an important part of your equipment, but you do not necessarily have to go out and buy a whole new sports wardrobe. Start with the basics and then add to them at a later date.
Sports Socks – We have already stated to avoid cotton, this is also the case when it comes to your socks. Good running socks are not made from 100% cotton but are made from a blend of synthetic materials such as acrylic and polyester that help to cut down on blisters forming. If you are running in winter then you can perhaps consider socks with a high wool content, as they will keep your feet warm and prevent injury. Sometimes the best solution is to wear double-layer running socks as these a great for added blister protection.
In part two of our beginner’s guide to running gear we continue with some of the technical running clothes that are on the market.