My last couple of posts generated some discussion about appropriate running attire, and as we move into the heavier mileage portion of our training programs, I figured I would share my preferences with y’all.
Emily’s tips for looking like a champ on your long runs:
- Get fit to make sure you are running in a shoe that will enhance your performance! This is imperative! If you are running in a sneaker that was selected based on it’s color…I can say with a degree of certainty-you are in the wrong shoe! Go to a specialty running store (Fleet Feet, if you are here in Chicago) and let the professionals assess your pronation/gait and make a tailored recommendation. This doesn’t cost any extra, and I promise it will make ALL the difference in your run.
- If you are logging any significant mileage, invest in nice gear. Lululemon, Nike (clothes! NOT shoes), Saucony, Adidas, New Balance….I know these brands are more expensive than the clothes you find at Target, but I promise it is worth it. Pieces designed explicitly for runners help you stay dry and comfortable…the way I figure it, my ass hurts bad enough during long runs- I definitely don’t need to be worried about my clothes causing me any additional pain.
- Ladies- if you experience chafing, give running skirts a shot. I started running in Nike’s “Personal Best” running skirt about a year ago and it CHANGED MY LIFE. It doesn’t ride up like most shorts and (with the help of Bodyglide Chafe stick) has all but eliminated my inner thigh chafage. Some people mock the running skirt, but I am a believer! It makes me feel like a cross between sporty-spice and wonder woman. TRY IT!
- I love padded running socks. After hours of pounding the pavement, my pedicured piggies appreciate the little bit of extra cushion separating them from the cruel ground on which they stomp.
- Always carry an extra rubberband. Let’s just say, you only need to have your ponytail holder snap midrun once to learn this lesson…or you can just learn from my mistake.
- Finally…run with a smile. When a run gets extra tough, I flash a smile at every runner I pass. I use the positive energy from their (inevitable) reciprocated smile to fuel my remaining miles. It works. I promise.
Have any additional running-gear advice? I would love to hear your tips!
Run like hell!!!