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The Importance of Proper Attire: Running Edition


Trying to figure out what you should wear during a run can be baffling. It can feel like companies are throwing the “best” options at you from all angles. Trust us when we say that, there is an actual science behind it and protecting your body while running is not as complicated as it may seem.


Running Shoes: Fit Over Brand

It is commonly believed that good running shoes should help reduce excess impact and pronation. While this may be true, the design of most running shoes does not give you the proper support you need and can lead to more frequent injuries.


Some questions to ask yourself before purchasing: [1]

· You would have a large arch or a flatter one?

· What is your preferred running surface?

· Do you have a wide or slim foot?

· Do you have a history of injuries?

· How much do you weigh?

· How long do you want a shoe to last you?


The amount of support and type of shoe you need, is entirely determined based on the shape of your foot and your natural running habits. Fortunately, most running attire stores will do free testing on your running habits to fit you with the best shoe. These tests usually include a treadmill study and a sizing of multiple areas on the foot.


Let’s Talk Accessories


Headphones/earbuds: You will want to invest in wireless headphone or earbuds before you go on a run unless you are willing to put up with ripping them out of your ears every 5 minutes.

Glasses: If you wear glasses and wish not to get contacts, then we highly suggest purchasing Antifog Lens Cleaner. This product will prevent your glasses from fogging up during the colder months.

HR and mile tracker: The best way to track your progress is a smart watch that will do it for you; the best part is that most will store you running log directly on your phone!

Fanny pack: bringing a fanny pack can help store your phone, keys, flashlight, and a snack.

Leggings vs. Shorts

Choosing how to cover up your bottom half is important to running effectively. Leggings might work for one person but not for another, our preferences are unique. [2]

Legging pros and cons:

· Tight compression leggings can help to reduce soreness in your legs after a strenuous run.

· Can help to reduce the amount of chaffing that occurs during.

· Good leggings come with pockets to hold your phone and keys

· Causes more sweat which can lead to itching.

Shorts pros and cons:

· Ability to move freely

· Light and perfect for a muggy day.

· Can cause an increase in chaffing.




Sources:

1. Joey, et al. “Running Shorts vs Running Tights: Who Wins?” JustRunLah!, 23 Sept. 2016, www.justrunlah.com/2016/09/17/running-shorts-vs-running-tights-who-wins/.

2. David, and Please enter your name here. “How To Choose Running Shoes For Beginners -.” Runner's Blueprint, 30 Aug. 2020, www.runnersblueprint.com/running-shoes/.


Disclaimer: I’m not a fitness expert, medical doctor or registered dietician. This blog is solely to share my experiences in running, fitness and nutrition. In regards to your health, please do your own study and exploration. Everything I share here comes from personal experiences, knowledge gained from sources, and is based off my own lifestyle. If you are in need of specific advice in any of these areas, please contact your own health professional.

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