Want to start running? This is for you! Out of all the endurance sports out there, running is a simple discipline when it comes to apparel and equipment.
To get started you will definitely need a good pair of running shoes. When getting a pair of shoes don’t go to a department store, but rather a specialty running store like Pacers Running Store conveniently located in both Maryland and Virginia. Running shoes aren’t cheap so expect to spend anywhere from $80 to $100 on them. When you go to a store like Pacers, the staff there will evaluate your running and choose a shoe category that fits your needs. The three categories that running shoes fit under are neutral, stability, and motion control. When fitting for a shoe, choose the one that feels most snug to your feet.
Besides running shoes, it’s very important to have a good running shirt and a pair of running shorts. The fabric of the shirt and shorts should be one that wicks the sweat away, to help you keep you cool while running in the hot or cool weather. In warmer weather a bright color shirt or singlet, which looks like a tank top, can be worn. The shorts that are made for running have a key pocket or a mesh pocket in the back for storing energy gels or bars. For cooler weather you have the option of buying long sleeve running shirts, running capris or tights.
Being seen is a very important factor when running, especially in the dark. Your running shoes come with reflective material on it already. You can also find reflective vests or a belt with a flashing light so you can be seen at night.
All you have to do now is throw on your shoes, singlet, and shorts and you are ready to run.
And here is a comment I saw pop up on the page...
I'm doing my first competitive running tomorrow. I'm running the Candy Cane City 5K in Silver Spring. Just like the advice under cycling, I'm not going to go out and buy running shoes for my first attempt (I'm a 59 year old cyclist who has no idea if he can actually run 5K!). We'll see what happens and then I'll decide. Thanks for the advice.
Just to let you know... that comment was from my dad... who is attempting his first 5k run tomorrow at the Candy Cane City 5k in Chevy Chase. So wish him some blogger love and luck. I'm racing too and will let you know how it goes!
More to come...