I’ve been running regularly for about five years now. From experience as well as learning the hard way, I am confident that what you wear when you go for a run or partake in any exercise does make a difference in your performance and workout. However, I’m not implying that my running gear is top of the line or the most ergonomically designed nor am I endorsing just one athletic brand. I’m just saying that there are a few essential items I wear that I think contribute to a more comfortable run and as a result, allow me to run faster and for a longer period of time.
I used to wear baggy clothing to run because I didn’t really care how I looked and I wanted to wear “uglier” clothes because I knew I’d be sweaty after my run any way. But – apart from the baggy clothing being uncomfortable and not ideal for running – looking good for a workout or run makes you feel good. And when you feel good, you feel motivated and pumped. I do wear sweat pants and hoodies for some runs, but they’re not overly large or heavy.
Like I said, the baggy non dri-fit clothing I wore back in the day was NOT ideal for running: it was heavy, I’d sweat through it so easily and I’d feel so hot and uncomfortable half way through my run. As a result, I found value in investing in some decent running gear – and at decent prices of course. Here are my running essentials (not necessarily worn altogether):
- A comfy sports bra – I can’t stand running or doing any exercise in a regular bra… talk about discomfort
- Running full-length or cropped tights – feels like you’re wearing nothing at all!
- Ankle socks – I wear these in case I want to roll up my sweats during the run! :p
- Light weight sweater, t-shirt, tank top – I don’t necessarily always wear dri-fit shirts, but I make sure that any shirt or sweater I do wear for a run isn’t too baggy and won’t make me feel like I’m running with extra weight
- Vest – I always wear a vest during winter running – it’s so cold and it’s a great way to layer up
- Hat – helpful for those rainy days! I hate running with the rain on my face! Pet peeve I guess…
- Running gloves – Just discovered my love for these over the winter! Cold hands and fingers are no fun during a run
- Comfy runners – this is SO important. It doesn’t matter how pretty your shoes look, if they are uncomfy or hurt your feet during your run, I guarantee you won’t wear them. Sadly I have a couple of these type of runners, and though I love them (they’re so pretty), I notice my feet always hurt after awhile, so I will probably have to retire them soon
- And although I didn’t include a photo above, an essential that pumps me up and keeps me going during my run is music!
And I wasn’t bluffing about getting these for decent prices. I purchased my Nike and Adidas runners for $50-$60 US from the outlets in the states, my sports bras and shorts from Nordstrom Rack for $20 and my tights and my Helly Hansen base layer from Winners – $22 for the Reebok tights and $60 for the base layer, which retails at $130!
I recommend investing in few essential items for running, working out or playing sports – it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune – and you will see and feel a difference. “Sweat everyday.”