The second part of our beginner’s guide of what to wear when running, starts with technical running clothes. Unlike leisure vests, shirts and shorts that are made for different generic purposes, there are specific items that are purposely designed for the runner.
As we highlighted before there is one fabric that you should try to avoid as much as possible and that is cotton. This is because cotton absorbs moisture but stays wet, when choosing running clothes you should look for synthetic materials that are technically produced to dissipate moisture and not keep it in. Top of the list are, CoolMax, DryFit, Thermax, and Thinsulate or a mixture of silk and polypropylene.
Different Weather Conditions
If you can afford them, have a choice of running clothes for warm and cold climates. In cold weather technical synthetic fabrics will keep you warm even though they are lightweight. And when the weather is hot they will let your body breathe and help to expel moisture, this will stop uncomfortable chafing. These materials are designed for modern washing and are tough and durable. When you so go out running wear layers that you can take off, when your body starts to warm up it will add another fifteen to twenty degrees to the outside temperature.
Supportive Sports Bras
When women go running then they need proper sports bras that will give the maximum support. These types of bras are designed for high impact sports including running. You should always try the sports bra first to see which one suits you best, it should not be too stretched but should fit snugly. Bear in mind that most sports bras will need replacing after you have washed them over seventy times, different manufacturer’s bras wear out at different times so keep an eye on the elasticity of the item.
Specific Running Equipment
There is a plethora of different technical running equipment on the market, most are not essential but can make a big difference in comfort when you are out running. Some of the devices are also for safety issues, especially if you are running at night.
Watch – A specific running watch is great for timing your runs and will help to guide your pace during your running. Some watches can even track your heart rate, perhaps a simple stop watch would suffice. However, a watch is not an essential item especially if you are not training for a race.
Running Belt – A running belt is a great way of freeing your hands and arms when you are running. There are some great lightweight belts on the market that you would hardly notice you were wearing. Items such as keys, money, and ID all can be kept secure. For longer runs and especially in hot weather, a running belt can hold small water bottles to keep you hydrated.
The main point of purposely designed sports equipment is to make you comfortable when you are running. This specially designed equipment will reduce injuries and keep you on the road for longer. You need not spend a fortune but buy the best of what you can afford and make your pastime the most enjoyable as possible.