To practice running, you have to feel good in your sneakers, it is the case to say it. Mixing style and technique, the sportswear must respect the health of the athlete, as well as the codes of the sport you practice. Here are my tips for choosing the perfect running outfit. Follow the guide. On the run.
SHOES: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING
Forget the old shoes found at the back of a closet. If you want to run, invest in a new pair of cushioned shoes based on your foot shape, the ideal drop (the difference in level between the back and front of the shoe) for you, your weight, your level (the target distance you run) and your stride type. You should also choose your running shoes according to the type of running you do. It can be road running, trail running or even mountain running.
Avoid mixing pairs for different uses. It goes without saying that you don't do trail running with a pair of crossfit shoes or vice versa. If you don't know how to choose your pair, I recommend that you get help. The salesmen of specialized stores are often good advisers. I think in particular of Le Pape where I buy all my shoes. Don't hesitate to ask them.
You can also use a shoe comparison tool, like this one if you order online. This is a good way to make a first selection. Don't choose your pair based on style or brand alone, but choose with objective criteria. Your health is at stake.
CLOTHING: WE CAN FINALLY TALK ABOUT STYLE
As with all sports, running is best done with the right clothes. You can run with a loose jogging suit and a cotton T-shirt, but it is more comfortable to buy real sportswear.
For this, everything depends on the season:
In winter, the most important thing is to protect yourself from the cold without being too hot during the effort. I opt for a long or medium-length running shirt or tights; a long-sleeved shirt; if the temperature drops, a hat, gloves and a running jacket.
In the summer, the most important thing is heat and sweat dissipation, and protection from the sun. I like to wear short shorts with a short-sleeved shirt; a cap; a terry cloth wristband and short socks.
The most important thing when choosing running clothes is comfort and technicality. The ideal is to wear synthetic materials with exotic names: "Dri-Fit©" or "CoolMax©". The advantage of these materials is that they help wick moisture away from your skin and keep you dry.
For the look, when I practice a sport I am not afraid to have the "total look" of a brand. It doesn't make you go faster, but at least I like what I'm wearing! I insist, but this advice does not apply to shoes that you must choose according to your morphology.
The running jacket is a very special garment that is useful to protect you from the elements when you run, without sweating like never before! It is difficult to substitute it with any other everyday clothing. It's a fairly technical piece that keeps your body warm by wicking away moisture. There are versions that are warmer than others. It is up to you to choose according to your use. There are also sleeveless models to simply protect the bust. It is not essential to have a jacket if you only run in good weather, but it becomes useful if you go out in the rain or when it is cold.
There is a multitude of running shirts, both long and short sleeves. Of all shapes, with or without zip at the neck, with or without pockets, more or less warm. The offer is huge. It's up to you to choose according to your tastes and needs. In any case, it is useful to wear a technical t-shirt that evacuates heat well, where a cotton t-shirt will simply absorb perspiration and leave you soaked in 15 minutes!
Personally, I have long-sleeve models for running in cooler weather and short-sleeve models for warmer weather. I always have a zip in the collar because I like to ventilate while running. It's always nice to be able to bring in a little air when you're overheating in the middle of a session and close it at the end of the session when you're resting.