What To Wear When Running: A Basic Guide
If you’re a new runner, chances are you’re slightly bewildered about what to wear when running. Luckily, running is probably the most inexpensive form of exercise out there. You don’t need fancy equipment or swanky clothes to be a good runner.
However it is important to be comfortable, whatever the weather. So we’ve compiled our beginner’s guide of the most essential running items to help you feel and look the part.
Let’s get back to basics. All you really need is a solid pair of trainers. There are tonnes of big names for running shoes, but honestly the best way to find the right shoe for you is to go to a running store. They’ll watch you run on a treadmill, analyse your gait, and then recommend the best trainer for your style of running. You’re also looking for a shoe with plenty of toe room, a comfortable flex, and a supportive heel. This will help prevent injury, blisters, and minimise strain on your joints and muscles.
All of this means nothing if you don’t have the right socks. Dump your old cotton ones for something synthetic. Cotton absorbs moisture really easily, which will cause friction in your shoe leading to blisters and irritation. Find something in a synthetic blend or Merino wool to wick away moisture, leaving your feet happy and dry.
You’ll need a top (or more) in a wicking fabric as well. Just like for your feet, it’ll draw the sweat away from your skin leaving you cooler and drier. If you’re just starting out, you can always use a T-shirt from your wardrobe.
On your bottom half, you can opt for shorts, leggings, or tights. They come in an array of lengths, material, and styles so you will easily find something you feel super comfortable wearing.
Pick up a water bottle to keep you hydrated while you train. You can reuse a plastic one from the supermarket when you start off, and purchase a better one as you run more. You can find ergonomic ones which are easier to hold while you run, or even smaller bottles attached to a handy belt.
Another useful item is an arm band to hold your phone while you jog, leaving you handsfree. You can also find runner’s belts to hold other small items like keys, money, anything you need to take with you while you’re out.
Come rain or shine you can go for a run, so don’t let the weather hold you back. Invest in a cap or sweatband for those warmer months. Most special running head gear, again, is moisture-wicking, and it’ll help protect your face from the sun.
We all have them, but you can also buy running sunglasses. They have great UV protection, and stop you squinting so you can relax your face and neck. Look out for lenses that wrap around the face, protecting your eyes at all angles.
You can even wear them in the rain and wind to make those winter runs more comfortable. Speaking of which, pick up some light running tops and jackets so you can layer up over the autumn and winter months. You can wear some combination of these tops all year round, so if you’re getting serious about your training it’s a great investment.
There’s so much kit it can be overwhelming to decide what to wear when running, but nail the basics and you’ll be absolutely fine. Hopefully this handy guide has set you in the right direction!