Hopefully the folk at www.whichrunningshoes.co.uk have helped you pick the
right running shoe?
Whilst you certainly don't need a long list of gear
to get you going, here are some key ones which we
think might be worth looking at.
GPS Watches & Heart Monitors
In our running tips
page we talked about ways in which you can plan and
track your running routes. Using GPS satellite
technology is one way of doing this and some smart
people have sandwiched this all into a watch!
GPS technology has improved significantly over the
last few years and it has become a standard tool for
most running enthusiasts. GPS running devices are
great for setting and achieving your own fitness goals
and can be integrated into a wide range of web-based
reporting suites that enable you map and share your
run. You can even post live 'as you run' updates to
social media such as Facebook and Twitter!
As with any running accessory there are many flavours
and features to chose from and so it is important that
you know what you are looking for. For example
continuous strong signal may be important if you are a
cross-country runner or run in remote areas. You might
need more than just time and distance recording - some
devices include heart rate and cadence monitors for
the more serious runners.
Which Running Shoes have
rounded up some of the front
essential ally in the unpredictable British weather
and a must for winter nights when visibility is
reduced. A good running jacket will provide an extra
layer of defense from the elements and can also assist
in drawing moisture away
from the body when running.
Most running jackets are finished with a reflective or
high visibility coating which is essential if are
running early mornings or late nights in urban areas
not to mention those dark winter afternoons.
Check out Which Running Shoes reviews and
recommendations for running jackets.
With many of us running to get somewhere - be that to
or from work (or both!) or running long distances - a
good running backpack is an essential piece of gear.
The key to good backpack selection is comfort. Think
about what you really need to carry on your run and
pick the running backpack that can support that bulk
securely and comfortably.
Many running backpacks also come with integrated
bladder packs so that you can hydrate easily on your
run. Click here for a look
at our recommendations.
you really get into your regular running you may find
that the physical demands start to tell on your feet -
usually in the shape of blisters. Specialist running
socks help prevent this by providing extra stability
whilst 'wicking' moisture away from the foot.
are usually made up of two lightweight, moisture
wicking layers to help prevent blistering. They help
prevent blistering both by absorbing friction between
the two layers and drawing the moisture away from the
foot and into the outer layer.
important that you have an idea of what sort of
running you are planning to do so that you can assess
what type of sock is best for you. For example if you
do a lot of cross-country or fell running then you
should really opt for a thicker sock. On the other
hand if you are more into sprinting then a thinner,
lightweight sock would probably be best.
is also very important to keep in mind the type of
foot you have as this will affect the levels of
padding you may require in a sock. To find out what
type of foot you have follow our simple 'wet foot test'.
If you wear proper socks and you are still getting
blisters you may need a different type of running
at Which Running Shoes we have looked out for the best
socks available for the job. Click here for a look at