You’ve made the mental commitment and worked to conquer your
fear – now what? It is time to don some gear and hit the road.What will you wear?
Feet – It’s all
about the shoes. Shoes are the most important piece of equipment for any
runner.You will find that runners spend
more time talking about their shoes than their running playlists, favorite
smoothie recipes, or even the weather.You
can begin without a fancy new pair, but if you plan to continue running it
would be wise to visit a running store and get a good fit.The right shoes may cost a little more than clearance
gym shoes at an all-purpose shoe store, but they will be worth it and your feet
will thank you! Socks will take some experimentation.Some runners don’t wear any.Others like them thick. For some, it’s all
about the look! The rest of your attire is up to you. There is no need to purchase
a new wardrobe before beginning. Runners can wear anything that keeps them
comfortable.Here are a few ideas …
Legs - I prefer
spandex on my legs in hot or cold weather because it keeps me covered and
prevents chafing! (Yes, we runners talk about things like that.) However, a
pair of sweatpants or gym shorts will do just fine. Pockets come in handy for
carrying car keys, phones, and Chapstick. I have found that my legs can weather
the cold or hot better than the rest of me.
Torso - Winter
running can be deceiving.Layer up and
be prepared to shed some clothing. The
first few minutes may be frigid, but it’s called a “warm up” for a reason. Once
you get your heart pumping the cold won’t be so bothersome. Wear a sweatshirt
or other outer layer that can be easily removed and tied around your waist or
tossed aside for later retrieval.Ladies,
you’re going to want a sports bra.
Head – I prefer a
headband over a cap for this one reason.When I get warm, I can remove the headband, twist it in two and wear it
on my wrist.It doesn’t get lost and I
don’t worry if it was tucked safely in a pocket. The hood of your sweatshirt can be pulled over the headband if the weather gets really nasty. Sunglasses are also a bonus
and they will help you get over yourself.
Hands - I know
one runner that wears socks on his hands during cold weather rather than gloves
because he likes to keep his fingers snuggled up together.I like cheap knitted gloves, the kind you
find at the checkout counter in groceries stores during the winter for about a
dollar.They can be stashed in a pocket
when my hands get warm and if I lose one I am not out much except for the guilt
I have about littering.
Warm weather presents its own problems. How will you keep
covered and prevent heatstroke?We will
address that in another post.It is
currently 7◦ at my house.Hot weather
tips can wait!
So what are you waiting for?Put on a few layers and get moving!
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