While it seems counterintuitive to invest a decent amount of money in something you’re not entirely sure you’re going to stick to, the right gear makes a world of difference when it comes to running. You can run in the “wrong” shoes or clothing and decide that it’s not for you as a result of that.
But yes, running (while free) is an expensive hobby…
There are a few “must haves” with running – your shoes are the most important thing on that list. Head to a sports shop that does gait analysis in order to find out exactly what kind of shoe you need. Gait analysis is basically running in a treadmill to see the way your feet land when you run. You might find that (like me) you need a shoe with a little bit of extra support.
The kind of shops that do these gait analysis tests tend to be a little pricey, but once you know which type of shoe, (or you’ve even found the shoe of your dreams), you can have a search online and see if it’s available cheaper elsewhere. (Sports Direct is heaven for that kind of thing).
It’s recommended that you go for gait analysis every 6 months just in case it changes.
I use Adidas Ultra Boost ST – they’re incredible!
If you’re after a sports bra, my best recommendation is to get yourself something high impact. Before I had one of these, I kind of scoffed at the concept and figured it was an unnecessary (and more expensive) purchase. But seriously, £50 for a bra that will keep everything in place? Totally worth it.
My favourite bra is the Brooks Juno.
You know what freaks me out to the core? Seeing someone running in a hoodie, or a pair of thick “joggers”. I don’t know how they do it!
The best thing to run in is what I always see described as “sweat wicking material” – i.e. not a cotton t shirt, which will get heavier as you sweat and then make you cold.
One of my favourite tops is my Karrimor long sleeved top, which was less than £20 in Sports Direct.
I’ve also actually found the stuff in Primark pretty decent – specifically the leggings! They won’t break your bank but you’ll be ready for running in no time.
There are a million and one other beneficial things you could buy – socks designed for running would be next on my list – but with those basic items you’re ready for the start of your running adventures!
Up next: The First Run.