So you have decided to take on running. Perfect, if you can handle it, it is the easiest ways to get your 500 miles a year in and meet the challenge.
Although you can run on a budget, there are definitely a few things that can make your life so much easier when on the run. Take a look as some must have running gear that you can consider picking up.
1) Wireless Sport Head Phones
Some like to run in silence, but most of us like some tunes. This is where a good pair of wireless sports headphones come in handy.
If you are an airpod person, you could use those but they can also be trouble. You run the real risk of those falling out on a run.
What you really need is a set of headphones that either wrap around the ear itself or around your head entirely. This will give you the piece of mind knowing that they will not come off as you jump over a curb.
2) Running Shoes
Never underestimate the value of a good pair of shoes. Lighter in weight and more supportive in the right places for running.
A decent pair of running shoes can be had for as little as 60 dollars, although you can spend so much more. If you have the money to spend, this is a good place to spend it. As far as brands go, I prefer Nike running shoes, but you should try as many as you can to get the perfect fit for you.
You probably have a pair or two of regular sunglasses lying around but they are probably ill suited for running.
A regular pair of designer sunglasses lacks the attachment points and the coverage that you need for running. You need glasses that hook around the ears and with lenses that wrap around to provide more sun protection.
4) Sports Watch
A good sports watch or even an Apple Watch is a convenient thing to have. They can track so many details of your run from your heart rate to your pace to your total distance.
Sports watches can also send health and run information directly to your phone where you can get the most of it with running apps.
5) Proper Running Clothing
No, you do not have to buy running specific clothing, but it sure does help.
The most important item of clothing to consider is the sock. This is after all your first point of contact in a run. You want a sock that wicks moisture away from your foot, that is soft so that it does not chafe and that is form fitted so that it does not slip.
As far as clothing goes, a goog pair of running shorts will serve you well in the Summer. In the winter, you want clothing designed to both protect you from the cold and wick moisture from your body. Winter clothing especially can turn a harsh run into a comfortable one.