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cheeseheads
cheeseheads

I know i need good shoes and ill be getting them before week 5 but what about rest of gear? i still wear sweat pants and regular t-shirt when i go running. I see other runners with this fancy gear and im just not sure what is good and bad. any help would be great.

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furlmouse
furlmouseGraduate

You need to wear whatever feels comfortable for you.

With me, I bought some Nike gear in a sale, to make myself start the programme - since then, my collection has grown.... If you want to save money, keep an eye out in Lidl - they do some pretty good stuff in there. (Including some nifty flashing band things that I haven't tried out yet - it doesn't get dark enough atm!) Or Sports Direct are pretty good, I hear? But as I said, its what YOU feel comfortable in.

thanks :)

At this time of year it’s worth having clothing in fabrics that wick away the moisture. Cotton is not very good . Lots of things to consider like sun protection, sunglasses, hat. I prefer shorts and vest but choose what you are happy in . It doesn’t have to be expensive to be good. Happy running

cheeseheads
cheeseheads
in reply to Dexy5

thanks

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate

If you are a bloke, shorts. And Lycra under shorts instead of underpants. TCA brand on Amazon are really good value. I have some with zip pockets that work well.

Top - anything that is “like a football shirt” would do but “technical” tops with good ventilation are better. Hot weather make vests good.

None of this needs to cost lots.

cheeseheads
cheeseheads
in reply to Jay66UK

ok ill look up TCA. thanks

SendWine
SendWineGraduate

The only thing I've bought special is a couple of flip belts, a fiver off eBay, somewhere to put my keys and phone 'cos they never put pockets on womens clothes 🙄

SandieF
SandieFGraduate

Male or female? If female, the most important thing is a sports bra. If male, oops sorry 😂

cheeseheads
cheeseheads
in reply to SandieF

lol then oops ;) but thanks anyway

SandieF
SandieFGraduate

Oh and I agree about the flip belt. I love mine, keys and phone held nice & secure 👍

cheeseheads
cheeseheads
in reply to SandieF

hopefully they make them in larger size. but thanks ill look t hem up

SandieF
SandieFGraduate
in reply to cheeseheads

Yeah I’m pretty sure there are different sizes 👍

Keep an eye out for Lidl and Aldi running events - their stuff has been of good quality and cheap. Otherwise supermarkets or check online - Google will find you some sites. The only thing I make sure I get (apart from wicking material) is that shorts/capris/long tights have a draw string at the waist which makes sure they stay in place and don't end heading for my knees 😂. A couple of pairs I bought without a drawstring I cut a small hole inside the waist and threaded a boot lace through!

GoogleMe
GoogleMeGraduate

I'm still happily on cotton for the most part. I don't seem to get on with techno fabrics, they make me feel disagreeably wet.

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