The Marathon Series: The Right Kit

Wednesday 22 October 2014 by

Welcome back to week two of my Marathon Series, as I blog my way to a marathon – from beginner to 26 miles. This week, we’re talking about getting the right kit.

The right kind of clothing can do wonders for your running. It can stop you getting injured (the right trainers) and make you run faster (proper leggings and top). It’s easy to get baffled by the sheer amount of choice out there, and also to be dazzled by the ‘fashionable’ gear that is on offer (most of the time, it is more fashion than practical – try to avoid it!) So here are some tips when you’re looking for the right running kit…

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The Right Kit

The right shoes

Everyone has a different gait. Some people are flat footed, others over- or under-pronate. Running in plain old trainers will never work – they don’t have the right support for your feet and you’ll find yourself with shin splints, ankle and knee injuries and all sorts of complaints that will put paid to your grand running plans. Go to a specialist shop and get your footfall tested (I go to Sweatshop and they were brilliant). The experts will be able to advise you on the best shoe for you according to your gait. With the right support, you’ll be able to go the whole 26 miles.

The right leggings

Shorts or leggings, you WILL need to wear lycra (sorry). The better-fitting the leggings, the better you’ll run. Loose tracksuit bottoms will only drag you down and rub in all the wrong areas. Go for some well-recognised sports brands (head over to Wiggle for some great deals and guidance!) and stock up. For when you become more experienced, you will probably want to pick up some compression leggings too (more on those another time).

The right top

None of this baggy jumper malarkey. Get a top that fits – one with wicking under the arms is brilliant for some breathability too. Women – this means a sports top that holds everything down. Men – this means a top that doesn’t constrict you around the arms. Again, well-known sports brands are great, and it’s also worth talking to that expert who helped you with your shoes too! Again, check out compression tops for later down the line.

The right cover up

Anything with too many zips and pockets is just going to get annoying. Rather, try to layer up with some carefully-selected items. They want to be breathable, but hold in the warmth for those winter runs.

For women: the right sports bra

Please, please, please, get fitted for a good sports bra. You cannot train without one. Good bras will not only hold you tight, but give you more freedom of movement, so you don’t have to worry about stray boobs in the middle of the run.

It’s good to get the right kit early on. You will have to replace it a few times during the course of your training, but it will get you much further than trackie bottoms, your old uni hoodie and some trainers that have holes in. I promise it will make you go faster, too!

There will be more posts about kit – including heart rate monitors and other gadgets – as we go along.

Don’t forget to let me know how you’re getting on (and tell me what kit you’re using!), using the hashtag #HoBFitness. And check back next week to find out how to get in to the habit of running regularly.

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