Must Haves For Newbie Runners + Fitletic Giveaway
When I first started running nearly 3 years ago I didn’t have a lot of dedicated running gear. In fact, I am not even sure I really had proper running shoes. Most of the workouts I was doing at the time were focused around metabolic conditioning and strength training so my attire was pretty much limited to a tank, some form of yoga pants (that were probably cotton) and a pair of cross trainers.
After taking up running I soon learned that my cotton threads and casual kicks weren’t going to cut it. It became clear that if I was really going to make running part of my fitness routine that I needed to make a few upgrades and invest in some new gear. If you happen to be in the same shoes (excuse the pun), as I was three years ago and are wondering what you might need, here is a list of my newbie runner “must haves”.
1. RUNNING SHOES
One of the most important items any runner needs is a running shoe. Finding a shoe that fits properly will help to ensure an enjoyable, comfortable run and can also prevent injuries such as shin splints, blisters and IT band issues. The right running shoes should have a little wiggle room, feel comfortable through the midfoot and have no slipping at all at the heel.
If you aren’t sure where to start you can always get fitted at your local running store where they will assess your stride and advise you on the brand and fit best for you.
2. PERFORMANCE SOCKS
Once you have your new shiny shoes picked out purchasing socks that are specific to running are essential. Think of them as a piece of equipment that can either make or break your performance. Traditional cotton socks cause friction blisters which will leave you with some very unhappy tootsies. Running and athletic socks on the other hand are designed with specific blister resistant technology and proper levels of cushioning and compression to provide the foot with more protection and comfort.
3. COMPRESSION TIGHTS
Compression clothes such as running tights or short that are made with moisture-wicking material are another running essential. Running for long periods of time in cotton or other similar fibers can cause a world full of hurt especially if the fit is too loose.
While the compression itself might aid in performance and reduce post-run soreness the most important reason to invest in a good pair of running tight is to avoid chafing. Running tights with compression can also help keep you cool and dry during warm weather and help your muscles warm up more efficiently in cool weather. Look for tights or shorts that aren’t too loose and also have fun features such as pockets, zippers and visibility detailing.
4. RUNNING JACKET
As a new runner you’ll soon find that the weather elements aren’t always on your side. While it would be nice to run while it’s 60 degree and partly cloudy year round, that’s usually not the case most places. Investing in a quality running jacket can save you the hassle of hundreds of layers.
Jackets for runners are made for specific weathers and provide a balance for moisture wicking and breathable material. Now that the winter nights start earlier, some running jackets have reflective materials that shine so you can be seen and stay safe during times of decreased visibility.
5. HYDRATION BELT
If I had to recommend any other item outside shoes, socks and proper clothes that a new runner must have, it definitely would be a way to hydrate on the run. Staying hydrated while running is essential to performance and it’s as equally important to stay hydrated during colder weather runs as it is during during the summer months when it’s hot out.
The cold can actually be very deceiving. The amount you sweat during a workout is determined mostly by intensity. Doing the same workout in the summer as you would in colder weather means that having a convenient way to stay hydrated is key.
Aside from having someone follow you around with a bottle of water the easiest way to stay hydrated on the run is with a hydration belt! While there are many to choose from on the market it’s important to look for one that is multi-functional such as this one from Fitletic!
This Fully Loaded Hydration Belt from Fitletic is literally loaded with features. Not only can you carry your H2O on the go but there is also room for up to 4 gels, chap stick, and a water resistant pouch to store your ID, cash and of course, phone. It also has integrated race bib toggles which means no more having to fuss with bib pins.
I’ve taken it on a test run and have to say I’m pleasantly pleased by all the functions, especially the fit.
My favorite feature all of just might be the Dura-Comfort Technology and silicone grippers which help to eliminate bouncing, riding up and chafing.
I literally did a “jump test” and it still didn’t move or ride up! I’m seriously impressed by this belt and all that it has to offer which is why I am excited to be giving one away today!
To enter just use the rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends 12/31 at 11:59 PM. Open to US only, winner must be 18 year or older. Entries will be verified.
You can also use code: annmarie to save 10% plus free shipping on Fitletic.com. Code is valid until 12/31/15.
What to do you use to hydrate on the run?
What are your must haves?
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