If you’re a first time runner, or fancy getting back into the sport, our What to Wear Running guide will help you find all the bits of kit you need. There’s also a handy printable checklist to help you plan what you need to invest in before your next run!
Hi Viz Jacket If running on the roads, at night or in poor weather then a reflective jacket is the best way to be visible. A lightweight and breathable style will help you stay comfortable.BaselayersA breathable, wicking baselayer top is good for drawing moisture away from the body when exercising. Depending on the temperature choose from long or short sleeved. Running Leggings or ShortsWeather dependent you might want to wear leggings, capris or shorts. Always go for a highly breathable, quick drying fabrics to keep you dry when you sweat and stop chaffing. Sport SocksA pair of cushioned sports socks with extra support in the arches, heels and ankle areas are ideal. High wicking or anti-bacterial socks will help keep your feet dry and stop rubbing and blisters.Running ShoesThe type of running shoes you need will depend on what type of running you are doing. For off-road or trail running you’ll need a pair with extra support and grip on the sole. If you are running on pavement you’ll want something cushioned and lightweight.
A baseball cap can be useful if your running in the summer to keep the sunshine out of your eyes, or if it is raining to keep the rain out! In winter a wooly hat will help you stay cosy.
For ladies, a good fitting sports bra is an essential when exercising to offer maximum support and comfort. Ideally these should be made from quick drying fabric.
Stay hydrated at all times when running, and take a water bottle. Water bottles with a hole in the middle to grip are perfect for runners to take out and anything with a sports cap means less spillage mid-run!
Alternatively, if you plan a longer run you might want to take a lightweight backpack with a hydration system built-in for easy access to your water. You can also carry extra bits and pieces like your keys, phone and snacks too.
Listening to music while running can be a great way to get into the ‘zone’ and can help with pace and motivation. However, always be mindful of traffic or other people if you choose to run with music.
If you want to calculate your distance, calories burned and speed then a good GPS watch is a great addition to your running kit. However, these can be pricey and you can still use various website to work out these stats when you get home! Speed walkers might prefer using a simple pedometer.
If you haven’t got a hydration or backpack, a waist bag could be a good alternative to keep all your essentials without restricting movement.