Runners must gear up in the right shoes and clothes, to avoid muscle strain and injury and optimise their running time. Check out Foreverfit’s tips on how to choose the right gear. 

#1 Pick the right shoes

While running shoes may sound like bare essentials, these are the most important part of every runner’s gear. You need to choose running sneakers that protect against injury, and add to efficiency and speed. Individual factors level of training, running style, and shape of the feet determine this choice.

Remember that running shoes are specially designed to handle up to 2.5 times your body weight while striking the ground. In addition, they as provide traction, support, and cushion your feet.

Close up of a runners shoes during a marathon

#2 Don light clothes

Running clothes are also paramount to a good run. They must be comfortable, well-fitted, and airy and resistant to chaffing. Don’t forget to team these up with the right pair of running socks. Other essential paraphernalia include a t-shirt made of good wicking material that dries up sweat quickly, and a pair of running shorts or tights. Oh, and if you are a woman, don’t forget that sports bra!

#3 Go for the high tech stuff

Which runner doesn’t don wearable technology these days? This new trend among runners is fuelled by variety of fancy options that allow you to analyse your statistics in mind blowing ways. New tracking apps and devices are such as Lumo Run, a sensor-based real-time waterproof device built-in to a pair of running shorts. This records details of bounce, run, brake, and stride length to provide lab-grade running metrics.

Other choices include wrist band style tracking devices, like Garmin Vivofit or Fitbit Charge that track heart rate, distance, steps, and calories burned. Or choose from phone apps such as MapMyRun, DailyMile, and RunKeeper, that track every step of your run.

Runner stretching leg before run. Closeup of running shoes of a female jogger touching toe wearing a wearable tech - sportswatch activity tracker or smartwatch used as a heart rate monitor for cardio.

#4 Don’t forget the endurance kit

Endurance packs are strap-on bags that accommodate small packs of eatables, and a couple of litres of water for your run.  These are useful for long distance or marathon runners. Some examples are hydration belts such as Fitletic and Nathan Endurance pack, which are easy to carry and can come in handy.

And last, but not least, don’t forget the music. A good rhythm can help you keep up your running pace.  So load your favorite tunes into your smartphone and grab your headphones, to ensure your run is as enjoyable, as it is successful.