The Essential Running Kit: Common Mistakes to Avoid
Posted Nov 07 2012 12:00am
today will find a fantastic range of products designed specifically for the
sport. We really are spoilt for choice when it comes to products that offer
increased comfort and protection, no matter what our budget. But with increased
choice comes the potential to choose the wrong thing. If you’re looking to get
into running for the first time, or want to upgrade your existing kit, check
out my guide below. I’ve detailed the most common mistakes runners make when it
comes to buying kit. These tips will help you avoid following in their
65 per cent of
runners suffer an injury each year in the UK, but many runners also choose the
wrong shoes. The right running shoes can help you avoid this. Don’t choose a
brand just because you like the look of them like Asics , make sure you take a wet
test and examine the wear pattern on the soles of your shoes before you shop.
This will help you determine whether you need trainers to support neutral,
over- and under-pronation. Make sure you can fit a thumb’s width between the
tip of your longest toe and the tip of the shoe too, as your feet will swell
when you run – too-tight trainers will only lead to friction blisters.
plenty of running kit available that uses cotton, but while cotton may be
comfortable when you are dry, when you sweat or you’re running in the rain, it
absorbs liquid. Cotton fabrics only become heavier as they get wet, leaving you
weighed down and uncomfortable. Loose-fitting cotton can also cause
uncomfortable chaffing over the course of a session, so stick to fabrics
designed for running, that wick away sweat, keeping you dry and comfortable.
important for runners taking to city roads, so invest in kit that ensures you
will be seen by passing motorists. During winter, when the days are shorter, a
fluorescent bib, or running kit that features reflective strips is essential.
Running bibs are inexpensive, ultra lightweight, and could mean the difference
between staying safe and encountering an accident.
felt by your feet is only exacerbated over the course of a run, when the feet
swell. Even the smallest trace of a seam in your sock can lead to discomfort
and friction blisters once you’ve racked up a few miles. To avoid discomfort,
blisters, and the day or two spent off the roads to recover from blisters, it’s
well worth investing in a few pairs of good quality seam-free running socks,
leaving you free to concentrate on your run and not your foot pain.
Hats and gloves
are choosing kit, they invariably focus on the feet, and getting those running
shoes right. But your feet shouldn’t be your only concern. In cold weather, you
can lose up to 30 per cent of your body heat through your head – you’ll have a
more comfortable run and retain far more body heat by including a simple
woollen hat in your kit. Running also causes large volumes of blood to be
diverted from the fingers and hands to the working muscles. As a result, your
hands can get very cold when you run, especially during cold weather. A
lightweight pair of running gloves won’t cost much, but they will make a big
difference to your level of comfort.