Beginner’s Guide to Running: What to Wear

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…

The Shoes

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!

Sports Bra

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.

Clothing

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.

You’re set!

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.

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