There is a difference between going for a quick jog and becoming a runner. The jog is an activity. “Runner” is an identity.
It is an identity with some significant barriers to entry. One of the biggest is learning what to wear while running.
There is so much running gear that it can be difficult to sort through all of your options. How do you choose the best materials for shoes, shirts, and other accessories real runners use?
We are glad you asked. We have assembled this quick guide to answer your questions about running attire that is both functional and fashionable. Read on to find your new wardrobe.
What to Look for in Running Gear for Runners at Every Level
When it comes to running gear, it is important to buy clothing made from high-quality materials. It is tempting to privilege low price when you are faced with buying so much new gear but do not give in to that temptation. Well-made running attire will justify its price when it lasts longer.
See below our picks for what to look for in the various types of running gear.
You can run without shoes. You can even win races without them, but the results are not pretty. We recommend you stick with shoes when embarking on your life as a runner.
Instead, the important thing is that you seek the advice of an expert when buying your shoes.
Many running stores have gait analysts who can put you through your paces literally. By watching you move, they can recommend shoes that will help you run at your personal best.
When it comes to running, you hear a lot about shoes. You hear less about socks. But the right socks can protect your feet from blisters and keep them dry.
We will leave the length of your socks up to your preference, but let’s talk about the type of socks to buy.
When you wear compression socks, running becomes a lot easier. They do not make you faster, but the way they work with your blood vessels can shorten recovery time. That means you can spend more time running and less time on the couch coping with aches.
80% of women wear the wrong bra size. This is a bummer when it comes to everyday clothes but a potential catastrophe for your back when it comes to exercising. Make sure you wear a sports bra that gives you the support you need without sacrificing comfort.
Many cotton blends are rough and can chafe skin. All of them can soak up moisture so much that they can weigh you down and keep you wet while you are running. When you are shopping for shirts, say “no” to cotton.
Gear up and Run Out
We hope this guide to running gear has given you the knowledge you need to start shopping. There is a plethora of running attire out there, and the most important things to look for are the lasting materials that make runs comfortably.
Once you have your new running gear, take a look at our other health tips to become the best athlete you can be.