If the shoe fits…
The most important purchase for any runner is getting the right pair of shoes. Without getting too technical, everyone has their own running gait and a shoe which suits one person may not suit another. Just because your mate swears by a particular shoe/brand does not mean that they will be right for you. Everyone’s feet, gait and running style are different.
To avoid making an expensive mistake, it’s worth going to a specialist running shop for advice – especially one that has a treadmill where they can analyse your style of running and recommend an appropriate shoe. Some good local options are Let’s Run (Stokesley), Up & Running (Darlington) and Northern Runner (Newcastle). There are hundreds of online retailers selling running shoes cheaper but – until you know what suits you – nothing beats trying a pair on and preferably giving them a quick try out on a treadmill.
Spend some time and money on getting the right pair of running shoes – your body will thank you.
Keeping your cool…
There is a seemingly endless range of running apparel available – from lightweight garments to keep you cool in the summer, to thermal body cover to keep you warm in the winter. Wicking fabric is much better than cotton for runners as it dries quickly and doesn’t chafe as much.
Most runners will tend to accumulate masses of kit but the basic requirements are:
- shorts/capri tights
- a wicking tee or vest
- a long sleeve top/lightweight jacket for cooler weather (ideally, with some reflective/high visibility elements for night running)
Our ladies can count on some friendly support from other club members to help get them running but we can’t provide the most vital support – for that, you need a sports bra. This is an essential item: after a good pair of trainers, it’s the most important piece of sports equipment you’ll ever buy. Even if you’re fairly flat-chested, the impact of running can cause irreversible ligament damage so, to protect your vital assets, invest in a decent, high-impact sports bra. There is a wide range of styles and sizes available to suit all budgets (and bosoms). Good online stores include lessbounce, boobydoo, and shockabsorber and, on the high street, check your local running stores and good old Marks & Spencers.