As the ballot has opened for this year’s run (until the 9th of February), you might be left wondering what exactly do you need and what you can afford to give a miss. Instead of trawling through endless pages on start fitness and Sports Direct pondering on what you may need for your great north run, I have comprised a list of barebone essentials. Missing out on all of the “important” vitamins, supplements, and all the other gimmicks that are not necessary, In the guide is everything you will need for your mid week runs to your race day.
Especially important because standard cotton t shirts will retain moisture and the t shirt will lose most of its breathability meaning that your t shirt will become heavy and uncomfortable. Try and look for tops made from polyester and nylon.
Much like tops, fabric is important and try to go for a nylon material instead of any type of sweatshorts. Length is important and I would suggest trying these instore as a 7 or 8 inch short may be more preferable for somebody taller, however if your smaller or average height (like me) you may prefer a 4 or 5 inch short. Don’t forget to make sure these have pockets so you can store your phone and keys when your out and about.
Good quality socks
If you were going to follow one of these points make sure its this one. as silly as it may sound, running in cotton everyday socks can cause blisters and even athlete’s foot as, much like tops, when you sweat they retain the moisture and this is no good for your feet and can cause a lot of irritation. If you’re looking for something cheap and reliable go for more miles socks from start fitness they have a solid range of styles and you can buy 4 pairs for a tenner (£1.25 per sock)
Proper running shoes
Serious runner or beginner, proper running shoes are essential, running in converse or running “style” trainers can cause problems for your feet and ankles as they will not give you the right amount of support that you need. You don’t need the latest Nike or Adidas model being marketed as the “greatest running shoe of all time”, try something from brands such as Brooks or Saucony as they are usually more reliable and last longer. If you’re looking for a bargain try shopping for last years model as usually not much has changed and they are normally heavily discounted.
Sometimes you have to accept that when you step out of the house, it isn’t going to be glaring sunshine and it may be pouring with rain or very windy In these instances a cap is good because there is nothing worse then your hair being blown about in the wind or it getting soaked as it can be very distracting. At least with a cap your hair is all in one place and you have one less thing to think about.
The … Non essentials ?
Unquestionably a controversial choice, however I think a bit of rain can be fun and can help your endurance. 9 times out of 10 you will get hot and bothered and wish you’d never brought it in the first place. Even in the freezing winter months you’ll still see me in shorts and a T shirt, so maybe take my opinion with a pinch of salt.
Energy gels can be effective while running, however most of the recovery powders and drinks, most of the time are gimmicks and will not provide anything more beneficial than a good night sleep will
Overly expensive running shoes
Nikes latest creation is a shoe that makes you 4 percent faster and costs the beastly sum of £250. Do not be dragged in by the marketing and any shoes that are well into the hundreds of pounds usually are not worth it unless your training for a sub hour half marathon.2