Choosing Running Gear

Shoes:

Choosing suitable running shoes is the most critical task before embarking on your running journey. When I first started running, after overcoming the unavoidable stitches in the first few weeks, I began feeling dull pain at the front of the lower leg. My personal trainer told me I had shin splint and advised me to see a physiotherapist who told me I needed custom made orthotics in my shoes because I have flat feet. He explained that because I am flat-footed, I most likely over-pronate, meaning my feet roll inward toward the center of the body when I run.  Therefore I also need to buy running shoes that will help maintain stability, that means I should look for words such as ‘solidity control’ or ‘action control’ in the shoes features. I also was told certain brands such as Brooks or Asics were performing better than others. Personally I have had Brooks shoes for the last few years and I have never had shin splint ever since.

As for people with high-arched feet, they most likely under-pronate, or supinate meaning their feet will tend to roll outwards away from the body as they run.  They will need to look for shoes that will absorb a lot of shock, that means checking for keywords like cushioned or flexible in their description.

For lucky people with neutral feet which are the least prone to injury, almost any running shoe will do.

In all cases, the shoes should be tested to see if they are comfortable and not too tight or too loose. Another thing to keep in mind is to replace your shoes when you notice uneven wear in the soles of the shoes, usually after 1-2 years depending on how frequent you run.

Clothes:

I think choosing suitable running clothes is the second most important thing to do to ensure you have an enjoyable running experience. You do not want to feel all wet and sticky in your clothes when running. Personally I always look for Nike Dri-Fit clothes since they are most comfortable to wear and they fit me very well. If you are a tennis fan, you would know that Serena Williams loves Nike clothes as well. They are also long lasting since I have been wearing this Nike singlet for the last 5 years and I expect it could last another few years as well. You also could look for names such as Coolmax and Dri-Weave. They all mean that the fabric has the ability to draw sweat away from the skin to the outside of the fabric.

Socks:

The next task on the list is choosing suitable socks. You do not want your feet blistered after a few runs. I have been wearing Thorlos socks and in my opinion, they provide the best insulation and cushioning. Although they are pricey, they can last for a number of years. You may also look for names such as Coolmax, Dri-Weave, or Dri-Fit.

Cap and sunglasses:

Last but not least, cap and sunglasses as well as sunscreen are essential when you are running under the sun. I also find Nike Dri-Fit cap very comfortable to wear since I do not feel sweat sticking to my scalp when running. Sport sunglasses help to avoid the glaring of the sun and prevent sweat running into your eyes. Sunscreen is also a must if you do not want a batch of freckles to appear on your face after a run.