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There is plenty of cheap running gear to be had out there; it’s just a case of knowing where to look. Take a look at the gear you already own, do you need more of the same, or something totally different?
Quality running shoes are an important requirement for any runner. Many top brands sell their trainers at top prices, some reach hundreds of pounds. Don’t think that just because a pair of running shoes are expensive they must be good. Most running shoe manufacturers will bring out a couple of pairs of new trainers every year and they are always meant to better last season’s. In fact, there is nothing wrong with non-current trainers, only a simple detail that has been changed to form a completely new pair that are more current. If you have run many miles in your trainers and have they have been problem free why not just get a new pair of your original ones. You know that they suit you and you won’t have the problem of breaking a new pair in. Non-current shoes will still be around and will save you a lot of money in the long term.
Get your running style tested at a specialist running outlet. Once your gait is tested you will know what sort of shoes are best for you and you will be able to buy shoes anywhere and at a cheaper price.
When you run you will eventually need to buy specialist running gear. This gear will be breathable, quick drying, non-chafing and probably reflective so you remain visible. Tight fitting clothing is the comfiest and lightest gear available and is very quick drying if you are caught in a shower. Most tight fitting gear is made with Lycra, which moves with you as you run and is chafe resistant. It is also highly breathable leaving you cool in the summer and warm in winter.
In the summer months you may want to change to baggy shorts that have ventilation or you may want to keep to your Lycra shorts. In winter many runners change to Lycra and wear full-length tights to keep warm. Some men retain their modesty by wearing baggy shorts over the top of these tights! Layer up in the colder months by wearing summer T-shirts and base layers teamed with lightweight shower proof jackets. Accessories for the winter usually include Scotchlite reflective material to provide high visibility as you run. This is very important as you need to be visible at all times to other road users, both close up and at a distance. You will be running on the street in the darker months, as they will be better lit than trails but with the chaos of road life you need to be seen, particularly as you run across roads and junctions in rush hour. You can purchase reflective vests, base layers. Jackets, headbands and armbands and some have LED-flashing lights too.
Have a look at what your local running shop is selling, then try Amazon or Ebay to see if you can acquire anything cheaper. Internet sites like Newitts.com and activinstinct.com are discount on line shops and often have amazing offers on.
Other runners’ gear includes heart rate monitors, pedometers and watches, which run on satellite signals and will read your calorie expenditure, record distance, average pace and miles per hour.
The Garmin watch is just one such gadget. Many runners swear by it and it has many functions. It has its own site where you can upload your runs and record how you felt that day and what you thought of the route. It even has a feature where you can download runs to your watch and be led around the route by arrows which appear on the screen as you run!
If you are going to be running for more that an hour you will need to take some water with you or a sports drink so you can rehydrate. If you don’t want to hold a bottle with water shaking up and down inside, buy a utility belt to house your drinks bottle. It will also have storage areas for your house keys, change and a mobile.
Whatever you do gradually increase your collection of running gear. Nobody needs everything at once; see how you feel after you have been running for a few months. Your running will soon dictate to you what you need and what you simply covert instead! Ask your friends and family to buy you vouchers for your local running or sports store so you can buy things when its your birthday or at Christmas.