Running a successful race is the result of preparing well, eating well, and dressing well. Yes, dressing well. And no, there are no points in being the best-dressed runner. You need to equip yourself with a good running jersey. Running clothes are not at all your like your regular clothes. They are specially formulated to give you maximum comfort in whatever conditions you run in.
What Kind of Running Clothes Should You Wear?
Let’s take a look at some of the best running clothes you should invest in. The right clothes will help you perform to the best of your abilities as they breathe well, don’t chafe, and stretch to fit your body. The advancements in technology have made it possible for new super fabrics to be created that feel natural, are thin, and yet offer you all the protection you need.
A good running shirt is an indispensable part of your running gear. When your body heats up during a workout session or when running, your upper body sweats more than the rest of the body. If that sweat is not absorbed properly, it will cause discomfort and chaffing, which in turn will affect your performance. A lot of expensive research goes into producing high performance running shirts or singlets that will keep you well aerated and comfortable. This is why high performance running shirts are unlike your normal T-shirt – fabric wise and expense wise.
When it comes to picking a running jersey, you will have many options to choose from, all with different fabrics, cuts, and designs. But there are 2 distinct categories to pick from – short-sleeved or long-sleeved. When you’re choosing a running shirt, it does matter which you pick.
Long Sleeved Running Jerseys
Long-sleeved running shirts are better suited for those mid-season days when the elements are not so friendly to your skin. A long sleeved running jersey will give you that bit of extra protection without causing you to overheat as you run. Although the fabric used may be the same as that used to make short-sleeved singlets, most long-sleeved running shirts have a closer knit to help provide that extra warmth. You can use a long-sleeved running jersey in cool weather as a base layer under a jacket on those cold days to keep your body temperature constant.
Short Sleeved Running Shirts
Short-sleeved shirts are best worn in warmer seasons and have an advantage of being loose as compared to long-sleeved shirts. Their design allows them to breathe more easily and release heat more as opposed to long-sleeved running shirts that are designed to be tighter so as to trap your body heat in order to keep you warm.
Besides the performance enhancements that come with a good running shirt, today’s running shirts come with the advantage of looking cool. The cool factor helps you feel good about yourself, and when you feel good about yourself, you’re bound to have a great run. If you’re still running in those old cotton t-shirts of yours, it’s time to get rid of them and run into the future – the future of running gear.
Now that you’re considering a running jersey (or 2), you should also look into getting a matching pair of running tights. Like running shirts, running tights have a lot of advantages over normal tracksuits that most people wear when running. If you’re taking your running professionally, then you might as well look the look while doing your body a favor of donning gear that is specifically designed to help regulate moisture and heat. Besides providing warmth and protection, running tights are designed to help your muscles work efficiently without expending too much energy by providing your body with an aerodynamic layer that reduces drag.
A good pair of running shoes goes without saying. A good pair of running shoes will provide you with cushioning to reduce the effect of the impact of your shoes hitting the ground. Besides providing cushioning, a good pair of running shoes will give you superior traction, protection, and yes, improved performance. Choose your running shoes well as they will determine the health of your feet and leg muscles.
Running Gear – Necessity, not Luxury
Many athletes fear spending a few extra dollars for proper running gear thinking it is more of a luxury than a necessity. But truth be told, you can’t perform to the best of your ability if you don’t have the proper gear. From singlets to shoes to running shirts, make sure you invest in keeping yourself properly gear.
Now that you know how to get properly geared up for running, how about learning some tips on how to run faster?