Running Gear

There are all types of great running gear to get you through training. The first thing you’ll need is a new pair of running shoes. Without a good pair, you can expect lots of extra pains in your legs and lower back. If possible, visit a local specialty running store where you can typically get fitted by an avid runner who knows lots about running shoes (view the Running Shoe Store Directory.

If you like the shoes after you've run in them several times, then go ahead and buy another pair or two. This will ensure you always have the support you need throughout training and the marathon or half marathon. Alternating shoes will also allow them to dry out for your next run.

Your running gear should always be comfortable. On days when the temperature is warmer than 65-70 degrees, you will want to wear shorts and a t-shirt. Leading manufacturers of running gear make shorts and shirts specifically designed to wick away moisture from your body. They are comfortable, look good, and make you feel like a runner.

Short tights are a great way to prevent discomfort from legs rubbing together and can be worn under running shorts to prevent chafing. Applying a lubricant to your inner thighs is another option. If you prefer that route, then give several a try and see what works best for you. Bodyglide Anti-chafe Balm is excellent!

What about hats? Most of your body heat escapes through your head. So, if it’s warm, then you may be keeping in too much heat by wearing a hat. If you choose to wear one, make sure it is light. Perhaps buy a “Dri-Fit” hat. They are really thin and allow heat to escape.

On colder days when the temperature drops below 40 degrees, you will need some warmer running gear. You should wear a hat or baseball cap on colder days so that body heat is not escaping through your head. You will also want to slip on some gloves. You will appreciate those gloves on those windy days!

Sweatshirts or long sleeve t-shirts are good and should be worn as layers with a short sleeve t-shirt underneath. For example, a short sleeve t-shirt, covered by a long sleeve t-shirt and then topped off with a windbreaker jacket. On those really cold days when the temperature dips in the 20’s, teens, or even single digits, add a scarf to your attire or something else to cover your neck. Jogging pants or nylon warm-up pants are generally plenty to keep the legs warm.

Mid-range days when the temperature ranges between 40-65 degrees, just wear what is comfortable to you. Some people are comfortable wearing shorts and short sleeves when it is 50 degrees while some people prefer shorts and a long sleeve shirt, while others prefer pants and long sleeves.

If it's borderline being cold for you, layers can always be removed during a run. If in doubt, go ahead and wear a long sleeve t-shirt or pullover. If you find it is too warm, you can simply take it off and tie it around your waist. On the other hand, if you do not wear the long sleeve t-shirt or pullover, you may find yourself having to tough out a cold run. Just use common sense here and remember to do what is comfortable to you. Take advantage of the latest technologies in running gear.

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