If you are new to running it is important that you realize that running gear is not as simple as just a pair of running shoes and running clothing. Gear can be anything you wear or use while you run. A comfortable outfit and shoes may be all that is required to initially commence with running but there are additional items you may find you need as your running improves and becomes a part of your lifestyle. In this article we have a look at all the gear that you may find necessary for running. We will also look at the different gear needed specifically for the different types of running.

When choosing your running gear you need to bear in mind the basic purpose of the specific gear. Running clothing for example, needs to keep you warm or cool dependent on the environment. In warmer conditions you may require that the clothing keep you cool while running and keep you warm after the activity. This is important because these garments keep the body and muscles warm and can assist in limiting muscle tightness after your run and may include compression gear.

Social running or recreational running is a low maintenance activity that does not require that much gear when you initially start. You will find that as your running progresses you may need to expand your gear to include the following items to make the run safer, more comfortable and a more enjoyable experience.

  • Running shoes
  • Running socks
  • Running clothes
  • Running watch
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection
  • Hydration
  • Nutrition
  • Running belt
  • Backpack
  • Money and ID
  • Music & Earphones


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