Running is an easy way to get fit without having to spend loads of money on kit. You just need some good trainers and somewhere to run. It allows you to have the freedom to go where you like wither you run for 20 minutes or for hours, on road or track it is a great way to get fit and enjoy the outdoors.
If you have set yourself a fundraising challenge to run a marathon or just want to start running then here are a few tips about the kit in order to get you started!
The most important kit needed is running trainers, these need to be the perfect fit for you and should be tried on before you buy in order to make sure they are comfy and the best fit. You need to buy shoes that are designed specifically for running in order to help cushion your feet and give your body the best support possible.
There are such a wide range of running shoes out there, from general running shoes to a light weight pair designed for racing. It is your choice how much you choose to spend but check out a guide in order to try find the best pair for you!
The socks you choose to wear can be as important as your trainers. Running socks allow your feet to breath and fit your feet correctly stopping the socks from sliding around, this can help to prevent you from getting painful blisters while out running. Some even have padding and are specific for left and right feet so make your feet as comfortable as possible!
You want your short or leggings to be as comfortable and light weight as possible, you want to ensure they do not restrict your movement when you are running. Some shorts come with a pant liner so you then don’t have to wear anything else with them, these are something to get used to and may not work at first so is best to make sure you get the right size.
A little helpful extra is to buy shorts or leggings with a small zipped pocket so that you can store keys or money in when you are out running.
The best type of top to run in is a ‘technical’ t-shirt they are made from a synthetic material that allows your body to breathe ensuring that you are comfortable while running. They are incredibly lightweight and allow your body to be kept warm or cool depending on the conditions.
Your top should fit your body but not be too tight this allows your body to move while running. If it is cold then wearing a long sleeved ‘technical’ t-shirt also works but it is usually best to get one with cuffed sleeves so that they keep you warm without riding up.
Running can be uncomfortable for women with unwanted movement that can cause stretching, a good sports bra will stop this from happening, the best thing to do is go get correctly fitted to your shape and size or just go test out different designs and see which one fits the best this will help to make running a lot more comfortable.
These tips are to help get you started and keep you going throughout the year so when the weather gets hotter or colder just adjust your clothing appropriately layering up so that you can still enjoy your runs. You should also finally consider being visible, especially during the winter months. Buy clothing with florescent strips or choose bright colours to help motorists see you. This will all help to make sure you enjoy running.
Using this advice will help you to want to get out training in all weathers and feel good doing it in your new kit helping you to get ready for whatever fundraising challenges you have coming your way!