Running a marathon is a strenuous activity, one that takes months of preparation. While you, no doubt, prepare yourself physically for the challenge, it is important to also equip yourself with proper clothing for the event. Having the right clothing can make all the difference, let’s see why.
Shoes and Socks
One of the most important items of clothing when running is your shoes. If you do not wear the correct shoes, you are very likely to injure yourself when running or at least have a painful run. It is important you buy the shoes that match your gait and style of running and to not buy the footwear strictly on the basis of what it looks like. Most people do not realize it, but your feet often change over time and can actually become bigger as you grow older. This means you should be careful in assessing what size shoes you need. You may not require the most expensive shoes, but you need to choose the ones that provides support when you are running and is a proper running footwear. It is a good idea to look for shoes in a specialized or sports shop as they should be able to advise you on what shoes to buy. You can also check with a podiatrist on what shoes you should buy for your particular feet. This is especially important if you happen to have fallen arches because a podiatrist is a doctor who can really help you avoid injury.
Running socks are also very important to prevent you from developing blisters. It is advisable to also buy these at a specialty running store and avoid generic socks made of cotton. The socks you buy should be able to move sweat away from the body and be designed for people who are athletes.
You should choose comfortable clothes for running and adjust clothing according to the weather conditions. If you become a professional runner, then it may be wise to invest in proper running clothing. These clothes are made of synthetic materials that are designed to move sweat away from your body. These clothes are likely to be more expensive than buying generic cotton t-shirts and shorts, but they will keep you more comfortable and help you avoid chafing. Cotton clothes also won’t last as long in a long term as will the synthetic running clothes. You should also realize that your body temperature will increase as you run. Clothing should be loose fitting, but not too baggy as to slow you down.
For women, it is important to wear a proper running bra to get the correct support. Sports bras that have wider straps and are designed for high impact are the best type to buy. It is better to pay a bit more and get the proper bra for your body type and cup size than to pay for a cheap item that will not give you enough support and will not last very long.