Running clothes have gone high tech since I first started jogging 34 years ago. Still today, there are just a few essential jogging clothes. The rest are optional as you begin jogging. I will go over four criteria to help you decide what you need to start running.
The jogging clothes have gone from the cotton t-shirt and shorts of the 70’s to manufactured fibers boasting increased speed, cooling and wicking of perspiration. Surprisingly last year’s Canadian Olympic Team wore uniforms that are reportedly two-hundredths of a second faster than 2008’s running clothes*.
That kind of speed savings is at an international competitive level of competition. These athletes strive for greater and better performances at every event. Your women’s running shorts will not give you any noticeable improvement in your time.
Today’s running clothes allow for airflow. This keeps the jogger cooler
and more comfortable. You do not need to experience a wet t-shirt
sticking to your skin and pulling as you move your arms with each step
to know that it is unpleasant. Trust me on this one.
Jogging shoes will always be the most important piece of running equipment you own. That is why I recommend you put the effort in selecting the best running shoes for you.
A running bra or athletic bra may be a necessity along with your running shoes. Find out how to select the best fit.
Running gloves for cold weather are nice to have. However, I have run hundreds of miles with sweat socks on my hands in winter. Maybe a bit goofy. They did work and kept my wrists warm too.
Running hats protect from the sun’s rays. They also mean you don’t need to do your hair before heading out the door. Big plus point here, especially with my curls that tend to go frizzy overnight.
New running clothes, technical shirts and shorts, are optional when beginning jogging. There are several reasons for this…