What do people need to start running ?
There are many of us out there who have been running for quite sometime and after a while things become second nature, for example knowing what to where and equally important when. For many others who are just starting out, knowing what equipment to buy, wear and use can be confusing as they are bombarded with information from advertisements, the media, colleagues and friends. Everyone believes they have the best advice for you and after a while you’re left scratching your head when opinions differ.
I want to try and clear things up a little and let you know what we at Your Personal Trainer think people need to start running.
1. Running shoes and socks
You’ll need a pair of these but they do not need to cost the earth. Try and go to a shop that specialises in running, then explain that you’re just starting out, where you intend to run (road or woodland trails for example) and what your budget is. In my opinion more expensive does not mean it’s better for you. Socks, there are so many expensive ones out there, I’ve tried a few and guess what, I don’t run any faster in them…. save your money and put it into some good quality wet weather gear.
2) Running t-shirts and shorts
Why do I need a running t-shirt when I have loads of old t-shirts in the house? I hear you cry. Well the reason I recommend a technical running t-shirt over a cotton t-shirt is because when you sweat the cotton t-shirt will hold onto the water where as the technical running T-shirts wicking system will pull the water away from your body and allow your body to breathe and will dramatically reduce chaffing on those long runs. Also grab a pair of shorts ( especially the boys ) while you’re in the shop, you’ll look silly with your willy swinging in the wind 😉
3) Leggings or tracksuit bottoms
Ok you started running when the weather was mild outside but now it’s taken a turn for the worst. What do you do ? Stop running, freeze to death or be prepared with some cold weather equipment? Exactly, don’t throw all your hard work down the drain just because you haven’t got the right equipment. On this point I would advise you to always keep your legs warm when it’s super cold outside to aid injury prevention. Oh and if you buy tracksuit bottoms, buy a pair designed specifically for running…. Big baggy ones will just wear you down and soak up all the rain if you get caught out in bad weather.
4) Light weight running jacket
If you have the budget, go for a good quality Gore-Tex jacket. These are not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but when the weather turns bad you’ll be the one that’s dry and warm. If you don’t have the budget, go for something that will keep the wind out, but has plenty of ventilation. Any waterproof jacket that is not Gore-Tex and that does not have sufficient ventilation will leave you just as wet on the inside as you are on the outside thus defeating the purpose.
5) A running belt for money, phone and keys.
I never leave out of the house for a run without one of my trusted pouches to hold my essentials and stop them from jingling about. Check out a wide range of great running belts at http://www.fitletic.com.
So there you have it, the equipment we think you’ll need to get started. If you’re interested in reading a little more about getting into running, why not check out YPT’s top tips to getting you started http://www.yptparis.com/running-ypts-top-tips-to-getting-started
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