I’m pretty cheap when it comes to running clothes. TJ Maxx, Ross, heck even hand-me-downs! As long as it’s not a cotton shirt (get clothes that will breathe!) and they’re decent running shorts, I’ll wear them. I’m not one that will spend $40 on one pair of shorts or one top. But that’s just me. Same with sports bras. I’ll wear whatever does the job.
However, I don’t have the same rule about shoes. I asked both on a previous post and on my Facebook page, what advice you would give to a new runner and the #1 response I received was to spend the money on getting good shoes! I can’t emphasize this enough!!! I used to just go to a sporting goods store, find the cutest, most on sale running shoes that felt ok and buy them.
You know why this isn’t ok?? Because there are lots of different kinds of running shoes for different feet and different purposes! FINALLY, a couple of months ago I came to my senses and actually got fitted for the correct type of shoes. You can read about my experience HERE. Needless to say, it was definitely the best thing I have done for my feet, knees, shins, etc in a while.
Once you have clothes on and the right shoes, the rest is just extra. But I’ll tell you a little about my other must haves.
I have to run with either my Nike running hat or my Twete Bird headband. I love having my hair (and the sun!) out of my face!
I also love love love my Procompression running socks! You can read about why you should wear compression socks HERE. I wear these during races and long runs. Other than that I don’t wear anything super special as far as socks go. My only preference is I like them on the thinner side.
I also love my GPS watch and my flip belt, but I’ll save those for another post.
Also, I would like to acquire some running sunglasses too, so if anyone has any suggestions for some, let me know!
When it comes to running gear, you need to make sure you’re comfortable and maintaining a good temperature, depending on the weather. Make sure that whatever you choose to wear works for you and the type of workout you are doing. For example, Janae just did a post on running in hot weather and mentioned wearing lighter, more breathable clothes. You just need to learn how to adjust and what works for you. It might be a little trial and error, but you’ll get it down.
What is your favorite piece of running gear?
Any opinions or favorite brands for any of these?
Any basic piece of gear that I didn’t mention?