Back at it again with another guest post. This one has been in the works for a while, but it’s been worth it. Buying the right gear no matter your choice of exercise is important, but today we’re focusing on runners. If you’re wearing the improper clothes and/or shoes, a lot of things can happen. Chafing, blisters, and with improper shoes, a thousand things could happen. However, this little guide by Samantha should make choosing the right gear for runners pretty easy.Honestly – I used to hate running. Jogging, the marathon, running after the bus, you name it, I never liked it. I used to envy the people who could jump into a pair of sneakers (this was a time when everything, not a shoe was a sneaker to me), and just let the world melt away.
Then I tried it, as a part of a bygone New Year’s resolution – and was in love about 44 miles later.
Now I run five times a week, six if I can get it into my weekend schedule. I have seven pairs of running shoes and a playlist for every mood imaginable. Today, I am a runner, and before I hit the track again, here’s my guide to buying the right gear, once you have decided there’s a runner in you too.
It All Starts With The Shoe…
The first pair of shoes you run in can make or break your future love of the endeavor – the wrong shoe can, in as many words, break your neck. Once you find yourself in the market for just the right one, you’ll learn there are three different types of feet – flat, neutral and high arched. Once you discover which category your pair falls into, you can start shopping.
If you have flat feet – something with more stability is the right thing for you. If you are neutral, you are lucky indeed and can go for anything that fits, as long as it is comfortable enough. Those with high arches, like myself, need something that will cushion the blow of the road – go for something that has a padded midsole.
Also – don’t go for the first pair that fits. The shoe needs to fit you on the sole, and you need to be able to move your toes around. Anything snugger than that, and you might end up feeling all the pain the following day. If you want to give the latest rage in minimalist shoes go, make sure you do it gradually, because there will be very little material between you and the road. Running in bare feet activates your musculature in an entirely different way, and if you are not a seasoned runner, be forewarned that you need to give yourself time to adapt to the novelty.
My personal favorite – even though I don’t play favorites with my shoes – is the Nike Pegasus. No one knows my rages better than they do.
…But The Sock is No Less Important
I know socks sound much less important, but trust me, unless you’ve had blisters the size of Kansas – you haven’t met the wrong ones yet. The socks you choose need to keep some of the moisture at bay, and need to keep your feet safe and cushioned as well. There are about a thousand different types to choose from, so make sure you don’t just slap on the cotton ones you wear to work – they may work for shorter runs, but once you get into your stride, they will prove unequal to the task.
The socks you do wear should be made of synthetic materials, help “wick” moisture away, thus reducing friction, which will help keep your skin dry and healthy.
Now I think of it – most of my socks are also Nike. (This is NOT a promotional article for Nike, I promise! You can go for any other brand out there, as long as it gets the job done)
Tops and Bottoms
As for the rest of your outfit – you know what you are most comfortable in. Nothing too baggy, nothing too tight. If the clothes fit you loosely, no sweat will be absorbed, and if it’s too close to your skin, you can end up developing a rash, in the worst case scenario.
I know there are a bunch of trends out there – I sometimes feel the track is meant to be a runway. (Ever wonder why they call it a runway?) I feel my best in a pair of leggings, and my favourite T is for some unknown reasons a top from Legion Athletics – it is by no means anything overly sophisticated or special, but I do love it, it has been washed a million times, and still looks like I’ve only been wearing it for a month.
Bonus Points For High Tech
Even though I’ve been rambling on for far too long – I can’t sign off without giving a wholehearted recommendation to probably the best running app there is – Runkeeper. I know we all rave about it, but I still love it, even though I am not in the least bit a mainstream type of person. If you still haven’t tried it, which I highly doubt – do try, and join the bandwagon!
Thank you all for reading, and who knows, might meet you on the track! Have a good run!