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The most popular running gear for beginners

By Genny Owen
4 min 20 sec read

Tackling her first marathon this year, she’s done all the legwork so you don’t have to.

The beauty of running is that you really don’t need to spend a fortune in order to get the most out of it. Yes there’s some techy, specialist kit if you want to splash the cash, but when you’re just starting out, a few core pieces of gear are all that you need and can make a big difference to your overall running enjoyment.

First off, I’d recommend purchasing some running specific shorts and leggings. With the weather being so unpredictable, it’s good to have a pair of both so that you can’t use the heat/cold as an excuse not to go running! A good running top is also key. Personally I prefer sleeveless tops as I find them more breathable for running in, but whatever works for you. Either way, your running clothing should be lightweight and comfortable. Ladies, make sure you invest in a sports bra too to avoid any awkward motion or discomfort!

Material wise, the biggest thing is to avoid cotton at all costs. Not only does it act like a sponge, soaking up the sweat as you run, it’s likely to rub and cause chaffing which is not pleasant! Opt for ‘sweat wicking’ materials (usually made from high tech polyester) instead. In short, they are designed to draw sweat away from the body and dry quickly. Seamless fabrics are also a good idea to avoid any unwanted rubbing.  

Next up, whilst a standard exercise sock may do the trick, if you want to go that extra mile, running socks are a good investment. For example, anti blister running socks are a winner, specially designed with double layering to avoid any unwanted rubbing. Again, just steer clear of cotton socks if you want to avoid a damp sticky sensation whilst running.

A couple of running accessories may also come in handy. A decent headband is stop your hair from blowing all over your face if the wind picks up. Equally, a running cap  is useful to keep cool on those warmer days. I’m also a huge fan of running belts. They allow me to safely store my essentials whilst still feel like i’m running free. Finally, if you’re running in the dark or poor light, a piece of fluorescent equipment won’t go amiss. Caps, belts, socks, hats, shorts, shoes…take your pick, it can all be fluorescent if you want!

Get gear

Spilbelt Running Belt – A reasonably priced, elastic running belt that can adequately fit and safely store any bits and bobs you want to take on your with you.

Gore Headband – As a specially designed multi-purpose headband, come rain or shine , whatever the weather throws at you, this headband should come in handy!

Hilly – TwinSkin Socks – The best socks out there in my opinion to avoid pesky blisters. Double layered fabric that’s friction resistant, they help to prevent the dreaded rub.

Veho Headphones – These headphones are water resistant so they’re perfect for all kinds of sports. They’re non-slip and have an inline mic so you make and accept phone calls.

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