If you’re new to the sport of running, you may wonder why you need any gear at all. After all, isn’t the beauty of running that it doesn’t require any special equipment?
It’s true that running that doesn’t require equipment, gadgets and gizmos. All you need is a good pair of running shoes. This is the single most important thing you need. But although not required, some gear makes running more comfortable, more enjoyable and more motivating.
If you’re thinking of treating yourself to some new gear as you forge into the world of running, here are some things to consider:
- Moisture-wicking clothing – From shirts to socks, choose clothing made from moisture-wicking materials. Cotton absorbs moisture, which can lead to chafing and discomfort. Synthetic socks are a must to help you avoid blisters and keep your feet from feeling soggy in your shoes.
- Light-weight running jacket – A light-weight, breathable running jacket will help protect you from the elements so that the weather doesn’t stop you from getting outdoors to run. Look for one that is wind-proof and water-resistant. Vents or breathable fabric in underarm areas help prevent overheating.
- Wearable technology – Whether you opt for a basic running watch or an advanced fitness tracker with GPS technology and a heart rate monitor, wearable technology helps you keep track of your time, pace and distance. It also allows you to view and compare training and racing data. This may be the single most motivating and inspiring piece of gear you can own, encouraging you to go farther and push harder.
- Hydration pouch – You may not need a pouch if you’re not doing long runs yet, but if you’re trail running, exercising when it’s hot or you just want to make sure you have enough fluids to sustain you during your run, these are easy to wear and don’t require you to hold anything in your hand. Look for a hydration pouch that’s sized to fit your needs and has easy-to-reach pockets to hold energy gels, identification and your cell phone.
- Body Glide – Almost nothing ruins the high runners feel than the discomfort of chafed skin. This anti-chafe balm looks like a stick of deodorant and helps protect your skin against chafing. Ready to head out for a long run and don’t have any Body Glide on hand? Vaseline can work in a pinch as well.
- Reflectors – Do you tend to run as the sun goes down or at dawn? Personal reflectors (vests, armbands and stickers) make you more visible to motorists and other pedestrians to keep you safer.
- Foam roller – Simply a long tube made from dense foam, these rollers help you stretch fascia, break up knots and massage muscles. They are one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce soreness.
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