About a month ago my friend Katie started training for her first half-marathon. She will be running in the Baltimore half on October 18th! The BRF was my first half back in 2007 so it brings back memories of not really having any idea of what I was getting myself into! But I have no doubts that she will do awesome- she ran the Baltimore 10 miler two years ago with NO TRAINING at all. Like she just got up and ran 10 miles.
So anyway- last week Katie asked if I could post about some running gear and clothes that I would recommend. I thought I would break it up into a couple of different posts because I think there are the basics and then there are all sorts of extras. So today I am going to post about the basic stuff and then throughout the week I will do another post or two about some of that other stuff that can be helpful but that you don’t really need. Today’s post is going to be mostly about women’s clothes so apologies if this does not apply to you. But come back tomorrow because there will be other fun stuff discussed!
So, let’s start with shoes. Go to a running store and have them watch you run and they will tell you what type of shoe they recommend. Try on a couple options and see what works best. Usually you can find good deals online if you already know what shoes work for you. I buy most of my shoes from Running Warehouse (save 15% using discount code FB15D) but other sites sometimes have good deals as well.
Ok, so once you have found good shoes you are pretty much ready to go but you might want to wear some running clothes too. Personally I think pants/shorts are the most difficult item to find a style that’s comfortable. For shorts, I have fallen in love with Oiselle. I like the Rogas and Distance shorts. My favorites are the Game Days shorts but I don’t see them on them online anymore. Some things I look for in shorts are a waist line that is thicker and not going to pinch, and a pocket with a zipper for my key.
Pants are very tricky, but this winter I tried the Brooks Infiniti tights and liked them. I also try to run in compression tights most days and those just never seem to be flattering but them do help my legs to recover quicker.
The next item is a sports bra. I stick with inexpensive ones since I don’t take very good care of them (I like to put them in the dryer) so I usually buy them at Target. I like the C9 Racerback and the C9 Seamless.
I’ve also bought the Danskin brand at Walmart, which are equally fine in my opinion. They have a 2 pack for $9.49…you really can’t beat that:)
Ok so on to tops. One option is to run a lot of races and get free race shirts and wear those. Or you can buy some other stuff too. I usually get tank tops at target. This is one of the types that I have gotten that are loose fitting: C9 Womens Duo Dry Tank
I also like this reversible tank top from Brooks. Its super light and loose fitting.
If you are looking for something that is tighter fitting, I love the Gwen tank from Oiselle.
I have two tank tops from Lululemon. One is way too tight but really long so it’s good for layering. The other is the Swiftly Tech Racerback and I like it for both running and yoga.
If you’re running in the cold it gets much trickier. I have a couple of the long sleeved zip ups from the Baltimore Ten Miler that I wear a lot when its cold. I can’t really think about winter right now, so ask me again in 3-4 months.
Finally, you should probably find a good pair of socks and buy a bunch of them. I like mine on the thinner side but some people like more cushioning. They also have socks that separate your toes that help to prevent blisters, if that’s a problem for you. Here is an example.
I have a bunch of the Nike Dri Fit Cushioned socks.
You can find them some them on amazon.
I think that pretty much covers the basics! That took me a while to put together because every time I would go to a website to get the link or picture I started browsing and wanted to buy everything! I haven’t bought any running clothes in awhile so now I’m in the mood to go on a little shopping spree before marathon training starts.
Where are your favorite places to get running clothes?
Any recommendations of running clothes that we should all check out?
Tomorrow’s post will be about basic running gear/accessories so let me know if there is anything specific you want to hear about!