RUN YOUR WAY TO FITNESS – OUR GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS (PART 2) – THE RIGHT KIT
Once you’ve decided to start training, you’ll need to make sure you have the right kit. You don’t need to spend lots of money on the latest gear, but it is worth investing in a good pair of running shoes and buying clothing that is made of breathable material to keep you dry and comfortable. Liz Champion looks at the key running kit to get you started.
When it comes to running the most important thing you’ll need is a pair of running shoes.
The right trainers will help reduce the risk of injury so you’ll be able to successfully achieve your running goals. There are many types of trainers available – all offering different things. The technical jargon can often be quite confusing, so it’s advisable to visit your local running or sports store where the specialist staff will be able to select the best products for your running style and shape.
Make sure you choose a shoe that is comfortable as soon as you try it on. There’s no point buying a pair of uncomfortable shoes thinking you will wear them in. This will only cause painful blisters and put you off running.
Don’t just try one type of trainer. It’s useful to try a range of brands, styles and sizes to make sure you pick the one that’s right for you.
Comfort is key. A top made from breathable material will be a lot more comfortable than a cotton tee-shirt. This is because technical tops wick the sweat away from your skin to the outer layer of the clothing, where it then evaporates, keeping you dry. Technical fabrics are lightweight and keep you cool. They are also very comfortable, unlike cotton tee-shirts, which become heavy and uncomfortable when they get wet.
A Sports Watch
A running watch is very useful to look at your times, distances, pace per mile and gradients. You can also monitor your heart rate and even download specific training plans to your watch. Whatever your requirements, having a watch is a useful way of recording your progress.
A high-impact sports bra is an essential for all female runners. When you exercise the movement causes stretching of the ligaments supporting the breast tissue and this isn’t reversible. Choose a bra that fits snugly but is not so tight that it restricts movement. Look at the technical fabrics to wick the sweat away when you run.
Keep a training diary to record your progress
When you start training it’s useful to keep a training diary to record all your running sessions. This is a great way to see how much you have improved. As the weeks go on, you will notice a big improvement in your fitness, which will give your confidence a boost. Keep a record of how long and how far you ran and how you felt. When you look back over your diary, a run you once found difficult will seem easy.
And last but not least … running socks
The range of running socks available is amazing. There are socks offering sweat wicking, anti-blistering and extra cushioning, all in different styles.
In part three of our running feature we look at running schedules to get you started.
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