While it's true you don't have to buy a bike, boat, clubs or a racquet to become a runner, you will need some equipment. My recommendation is to get the right shoes, socks and clothes to improve your chances of success.
If you fall in love with running, you'll get plenty of use out of your new gear. If you decide you don't like the sport, you can look fast while running errands.
Must Haves for New Old Runners
1. Real running shoes.
Not walking shoes, not yard shoes, not plastic molded shoes. Real running shoes.
• Go to a specialty running store and get fitted.
• Don't be shy, everyone there wants to help you. They love new runners.
• Learn about your stride and what shoes work best for your feet.
• See what size you need for running. You'll need a larger size than everyday shoes.
• Expect sticker shock. You don't have to buy the shoes today. Think about it.
• Right now, you just need information specific to your feet.
• Once you know your size and type of running shoes, research deals online and at other stores. Watch for discounts, closeouts and tent sales. I've purchased $110 shoes for $30 at end-of-season tent sales.
2. Socks that wick away sweat.
These used to be hard to find in mainstream stores, but I see them everywhere now.
• Materials that are a combo of polyester, nylon and elastane.
• Look for cushioned heel and toes.
• A heel tab prevents the sock from sliding down into your shoe.
• Names like Drifit, Hidden Dri, Friction Free.
• Synthetic socks will wick away sweat and prevent blisters.
Bonus Tip: I always wear two pairs of socks and have been blister-free for years.
3. Clothes made from performance material.
Lose the cotton. Seriously. I don't care if the shirt has a hilarious saying about running on it. Cotton is not your friend when you are running and sweating.
• Performance materials are synthetic and lightweight. They help pull away sweat.
• Why is that important? Because wet cotton next to your skin will lead to chafing and blisters and overheating.
• You can find affordable performance active wear in outlet stores, discount stores, and online.
• Enter a race and they usually give you a performance wear t-shirt. Boom! Now you have another workout shirt.
Okay, so what is this going to cost you?
These are generalizations on pricing. I've found terrific deals at specialty store tent sales, and outlet stores. Look for good prices at the end of season sales.
Socks, 2 Pairs: $6-$20
Remember, these purchases are an investment in your success. You are so worth it!
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