Equipment and Gear
You don’t need to go out and spend a lot of money to start running, but there are a few things that you should spend a little more money on at first (i.e. good running shoes is a must) and then as you run more invest in some better equipment.
Most important piece of equipment is your shoes.
Good Pair of Running Shoes
Don't just go out and buy the shoes that your best friend wears or have the prettiest colors (even though that is a bonus). You need to find a shoe that fits your foot, gait, size, and miles you plan on running. You should go to a specialty running store that will watch you run and recommend a shoe based on your gait and other physical aspects. This is usually free of charge.
You can wear loose comfy workout clothes and socks you own, but it is wise to stay away from cotton as it may cause chaffing. Once you get into running more you can look for more technical or breathable material.
T-shirt, a long-sleeved top, or a tank top/singlet
Your top should be a wicking fabric, not cotton. Cotton will trap moisture, get heavy, and chafe more. A wicking material will draw the moisture away from your skin, making it easier to get rid of excess heat and also offering some protection from rain.
Shorts or running tights
Running shorts should be light and also made of wicking material.
If it's colder, you could wear some running tights or women could wear Capri’s
I would avoid sweatpants as they will have the problem of not being made from the right material, therefore will get heavy and cling when wet, and be too hot when it's warm.
Don't have to be anything special, but you should still stay away from cotton. The key to socks is protection from blisters, so you need socks that will help get rid of moisture, and fit well. Look for Dri-Fit or moisture wicking socks.
Good Supportive Sports Bra
Women make sure you wear a good supportive sports bra so running is not uncomfortable for you. Many running stores also have a great selection of sports bra's designed for women runners and would recommend going to get fitted if you are unsure of what sports bra works best for your frame.
Intermediate / Advanced Gear
- iPhone GPS App: Track your distance, time and calories
- Watch: Can track your mile splits or if you get a higher end watch that is GPS enabled it will track your distance, pace, and time.
- MP3 player/iPod: Listen to your favorite tunes for motivation. Not recommended if you are running at night or on a busy road. Want to make sure you are aware of your surroundings for safety reasons.
- Fuel Belt/Water Bottles/Camelback: Carry on longer runs or if on the trails
- Body Glide: Helps prevent chaffing if you are apt to chaffing in certain areas
- HR Monitor: Track your HR during your workouts
- Compression Apparel: socks, tights, shorts
- Racing Shoes: Light weight shoes that some may wear for track workouts or races. Tend to be less cushioned and do not last as long.