Some people run to shave off extra pounds; others do it as a hobby. If you are one of the few who want to take running seriously – and even dream of running in a marathon someday – it is important to start by putting together the right gear.
When buying running gear, there are a few staples that you need to consider. This includes the basic running shoes, shorts, T-shirts, singlets or sleeveless tops, long sleeved shirts, pants or running tights, and jackets. Invest in quality running shoes that are made of durable material. There are lots of shoes on the market which are affordable but strong enough to take road traction. Take time in choosing shoes that are comfortable, rather than focusing on design – after all, your feet won’t be able to do much running in ill-fitting shoes.
There are several types of running shirts, tops, and pants available in specialty stores and it is advisable to get a few outfits for each season of the year. It is recommended that your running outfit is made from moisture-wicking fabric, which will prevent you from feeling uncomfortable when you start to sweat.
Aside from the basic gear, you can also invest in some running gadgets if you’re serious about running. Stopwatches are a must if you want to keep track of your speed at a set distance. If you want to know how far you have run for the day, you can get a pedometer. For safety purposes, you can also purchase water canteens to keep yourself hydrated. Choose a water canteen with a Velcro strap that you can attach to your belt for easy handling.