In Be Free Gear we prepared for you second part of our running serial. Today’s theme is dressing for running. We’ll talk about necessary things and clothes every runner must have!

 

Dressing up for running by Ge Free Gear

Running, one of the world’s most popular sports, is actually the most ideal of them all. What makes it ideal is the fact that it is a very simple, healthy kind of sport and that it does not entail buying any expensive gear.

The benefits are the same but the investment needed is low. With just the basics (clothing and a sturdy pair of shoes), one can just simply get up and run.

Other sports need some very expensive sets of equipment (golf, rock climbing), while others need an organization for one to be able to join (basketball, football).

Footwear

The most important piece of equipment for a runner is a good pair of running shoes. Quality is important because it avoids injuries and gives comfort while running.

For newcomers who are not savvy about running shoes, the best places to go to are stores that specialize in selling running shoes.

(Some athletic equipment stores are also big enough to carry a wide selection of these shoes. They are the second best ones after these shoe specialty stores, in case there are none in your area.)

Shoe specialty stores have clerks that are very knowledgeable about their only wares. Sometimes, these stores videotape their customers running on a treadmill first. This is to check the customer´s running style before making any suggestions.

After making suggestions, the sales person may ask the customer to run in each of the candidate pairs to further determine what pair is best. (Of course, the customer will pick his preference according to what feels most comfortable.)

Socks are also recommended because they are part of the running gear. Socks that do not fit properly or are not designed for running can cause blisters and other foot injuries.

Clothing

A runner should also invest in quality clothing fit for the season. Shorts or pants, shirts in short and long sleeves and with the right thickness should be carefully matched for each season that the runner intends to run.

Clothes which can wick moisture away from the runner’s skin can help keep the runner cool and dry.

If you run in the morning don’t forget to protect your head and neck. It is very important if you want to avoid catching a cold. Try our Be Free Gear balaclava and neck warmer, you can check it out here.

Additional gear

Other pieces of clothing that a runner may bring along include such things as hats and raingear or extra clothing designed for wind protection and other weather situations.

Hats with wide brims protect the eyes from the sun. Waterproof jackets and pants are for runners who do not mind some rain and still do their running.

Some seasoned runners or those who are health-conscious, bring with them gadgets to help them in their running program. Speed and distance monitors and watches designed for running are useful but not exactly necessary.

Heart monitors help a runner tweak their program to ensure they are training at the right intensity. Speed and distance monitors provide data such as how far they have run and how fast a pace they are running.

These little devices (now installed with a GPS system) also allow storing information for future use or reference. Nowadays, some runners fight off outside noise distractions (and probably boredom, too) by listening to music while running. Safety experts, however, discourage this practice while running outdoors to prevent car accidents, muggings and other dangers.