It’s easy to feel as though you need to buy an entire activewear wardrobe. Especially if you follow a few well-known athletes on social media. But, we tend to forget that most of these long-distance runners are sponsored by big brands. And while it’s true that running can be an expensive hobby if we let it, we really only need a few basics. Here are a few running essentials to help you get started:
There are plenty of comfortable running masks on the market right now to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Have a look online or ask your running buddies to recommend a local supplier. Bandanas are another great option as the unique microfibre material helps to pull moisture and repel odours.
Everyday cotton socks won’t do for running. You need synthetic material to help prevent blisters and wick away moisture. Choose your colour and length preference.
Look for lightweight fabrics that could include a blend of nylon, wool, and polyester. They’re designed to move with your body and help prevent chafing. Where possible, opt for reflective gear to stay more visible on the roads.
Sports bra for women
Opt for a good-quality sports bra that’s designed for running or high impact activities. Test it out by jumping up and down and make sure it provides proper support.
Always invest in a good pair of running shoes as this will help to prevent common injuries (shin splints, ankle sprain, runner’s knee to name just a few). Visit a running speciality store if this is your first time buying running shoes. Staff will evaluate your feet and guide you with the perfect-fitting, comfortable shoe.
Other running gear
Finally, while these aren’t running essentials, they can certainly improve the quality of your runs:
- Sportswatch to track your time and heartrate
- Running belt to hold keys and gels
- Armband carrier to hold your phone (you could also use a running belt or a pocket)