If you’re new to running and want to make the most out of your new hobby, you want to make sure you’re prepared. It’s easy to get confused by all the terms used by professionals but starting out with the right kit from appropriate running clothes to a quality sports watch, will make your journey through your new training programme much more smooth. Below are some top kit essentials that will ensure you begin your running from the best possible position.
The Right Shoe
You should never underestimate the importance of the right running clothes and this goes for your footwear too. Brands such as K-Swiss and VIVOBarefoot produce shoes which are ergonomically designed to ensure your feet are kept in the best possible condition to ensure performance remains steady and can even be enhanced. It goes without saying that you should never run in a shoe designed for a different sport and support and comfort are the most important factors to keep in mind.
The Right Running Clothes
A technical (or as the experts say ‘wicking’) t-shirt is designed to keep sweat away from your skin and onto the outer surface of the fabric, so it can evaporate and increase comfort. They feel light and cool against your body and should never cling or stick, as they’re usually made from Nylon.
A Quality Sports Watch
Investing in a quality sports watch will allow you to track your progress and work towards preset goals. You can purchase watches these days that allow for extremely detailed stats and you can sync this information with your home computer to devise a workable training plan.
A Heart Rate Monitor
If you want to see progress, you need to track your effort levels. It’s near impossible to be able to tell this without the right heart monitoring equipment. Heart rate monitors can be found at a range of prices and give you a snapshot of how your session is going and the higher end monitors will also calculate your optimum heart rate for training sessions.
Drinks Carrier and Carb Drinks
There are various ways you can carry your drink whilst you run, it’s just essential that you do and essential your chosen method doesn’t affect your running style. Most popular options include handheld carriers and lightweight bottle belts. Professional complex-carbohydrate sports drinks should be your chosen fluid to ensure energy levels are kept topped up.
A Lightweight Sports Jacket
A specifically designed running jacket is essential to ensure you can train comfortably in cold or wet weather without overheating or sweating profusely. A lightweight, showerproof jacket is an essential item of running clothes that all runners need in their kit.
These are just a few examples of what you need to join the thousands of running enthusiasts out there and with these few essentials, you’ll not go far wrong.