Great running equipment does a huge advantage. Both when the marathon race is going on, but particular also with the training itself. When choosing equipment, it’s important to consider the weather, the season of the year and where you are in the world. It can be a jungle out there to choose the right running equipment but It doesn’t have to be that way. I have made a simple overview below, so you can choose the right marathon running gear. In how to benefit from awesome marathon running gear I must say, I’m from Denmark so the Nordic climate is the starting point.
When you run, you hit the ground with a huge weight on your foot. In fact, each step is equivalent to bumping 3-4 times your own body weight through the foot and leg. The most important is therefore the running shoes. Get some comfortable, easy and functional shoes that fit your running style, the underlay and your chosen distances. The best way to choose the right running shoes is through a running analysis in a sports store. This is done by trying different running shoes on a treadmill while the clerk films your feet and assessing your running style. Once you know what type of runner you are, you can start looking for the perfect running shoes. When getting the right running shoes we have to look at the rest of the equipment.
It’s not always easy to get up from the sofa when it’s dark, wet and cold outside or maybe it’s raining or snowing. But with the right equipment, you can get motivated or even driven to get out running on the most boring days. If you have a race goal later on the year, you also know that you have to build up your shape now. The clothes must fit well. The fit should be good, and then it’s also great if you look good, so you feel comfortable when you’re out running. Let’s go through the body and the choice of equipment…
1. The Head
Let’s start with the head. Previously there was a myth that you would lose up to 40 percent of your body heat if your head weren’t properly covered. That myth has been eradicated – it’s only about 7-10 percent, roughly the same as the body’s skin. But it can still feel uncomfortable if you freeze on ears and head. Therefore, it’s a good idea with a thin cap made of a sweat-absorbent material that you easily can take off and carry in your pocket if it gets too hot. Alternatively, you can choose a Neck gaiter that can warm both the head, the ears and the neck, depending on where you need it most.
2. The upper body
The inner layer of the upper body is the next part. It’s important to choose a good quality that feels both comfortable against the skin and effectively ensures that the sweat reaches the next layer. Outside of the inner layer, you should have a T-shirt in a material that absorbs sweat but doesn’t get too heavy – unlike a cotton T-shirt. At the top of your upper body, you need another insulating layer – a running jacket – that protects you from water and wind. It doesn’t have to be the expensive Gore-Tex, even that it would be good – there are many cheaper alternatives as well.
The running jacket must be breathable so that you can get rid of the heat that your body makes when you run. The jacket doesn’t need to be 100 percent waterproof, but it can be nice if it can keep you dry when it suddenly starts raining. It would also be an advantage with a couple of good pockets where you can have your keys, your cap and your gloves if it gets too hot along the way.
3. The Hands
Your hands should also be covered when you run. Here it is an advantage with a pair of thin gloves of good material, preferably with a soft coating on the index finger and thumb, so you have a better feeling if you need to use your fingers. At the same time, it should be a material that allows you to use your smartphone or sports watch if you need to stop the clock, launch an app or switch the music to get the right beat in your ears.
Now we come to your strong legs – these are the ones who do most of the work when running. Choose running shorts in the warm seasons. In cold weather, you can either wear a pair of regular tight-fitting running shorts on the inside – again made of a material that feels nice to the skin – or a pair of warm sports underpants to keep the most vulnerable areas warm and get the sweat away. Some runners even prefer to have underpants with special insulation in the middle when it’s really cold.
If it’s really cold, you should wear long pants, and here it’s best with a pair of tights like Winter tights. You will automatically feel a little faster when you wear winter tights on your legs. And buy them in a lightweight material so you don’t feel burdened – even if it should get wet. You can buy tights in different thicknesses and it makes good sense to have a slightly thicker model for the coldest days. In some models, there is a back pocket and it can be a good place to have your mobile.
5. The Socks
Now we get to your feet, which carry you around on your running. You need to pay extra attention in winter when it’s cold. Then it may be a good idea to leave the summer’s very thin running socks in the drawer. You should choose a slightly thicker model, preferably some wool that provides warmth for the winter run.
6. The Shoes
Finally, we have the running shoes. Most of the time you will be able to run in the same model that you prefer for the rest of the year. But in some cases, it makes good sense to have a shoe with a more slip-resistant pattern in the sole: when the snow has fallen or when there are icy roads. It’s not worth taking the chance and falling on the run. If you are one of the fast runners, you can consider investing in one of the very thin and lightweight racing shoes. But use them only for competition and maybe for your fast interval training – otherwise you risk getting injured, because they are not made with a focus on shock absorption.
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