Running Gear: What do you need?

In order to start running, you will need the following Running gear:

Running shoes

Running socks

Fuel belt

Running Watch

Running Clothes

Sunglasses

Body Glide

It is not essential to go and purchase each and every piece of running gear when you get started: you can build it up over time.

Running Watch

In the beginning, a very inexpensive sports watch is sufficient to keep the time. It need not be anything fancy. You can easily get these for around $20-30 at Target or Wal-Mart.

As you get more advanced, you can go to specialized running watches - Garmin has a lot of versions of the GPS watches, where you can keep track of your pace, download your running data for a long run and analyze it etc.

Running Clothes

While some people prefer the feel of cotton against their bodies, dri-fit clothes are highly recommended. As you start increasing the distance on your runs, you will start sweating more and more.

Dri-fit fabric keeps you comfortable. The dri-fit fabric will absorb your sweat and keep you dry. It transfers sweat from your skin to the outside for rapid evaporation. For women, a good dri-fit bra is a must.

Getting a top with half, full or no sleeves is a matter of preference and depends on the weather in which you are running. Some people like the full/half sleeves and they can roll them up when needed. The sleeveless version of the tops can be used for hot weather. Experiment with all the options before you decide what works best for you. Shorts or tights specifically meant for running are highly recommended.

Sunglasses or cap/visor

A good pair of sunglasses (preferably sports ones) and/or a good cap is essential to make a good run. Be sure to train in either of these before using them for the race. Some sunglasses may look good and fashionable but are not meant for running - they don't seem to fit well during a run.

Some people don't use sunglasses but prefer a cap or a visor. Either way, some protection to shield the eyes from glaring at the direct sunlight is necessary - you would like to make your run an enjoyable experience - not a dreadful one.

Body glide

Body glide is used to prevent chafing. Chafing is caused due to:

  • Sweating

  • Friction of body parts rubbing against each other

  • Friction against clothing

Chafing occurs on the inner thigh, groin, armpits, nipples etc. Blisters are also caused by heat, friction and sweating. Use body glide or petroleum jelly to prevent chafing and blisters.

Body glide can either be purchased online in our running store or any sports store.

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