Certified image consultant and long distance runner Sola Adelowo share her tips for choosing the right runner's gear.
Advances in technology have been great for running gear! Bottom line: when preparing for a long distance run, comfort and ease are essentials.
1. Wicking Fabric. Your body temperature will increase between 15 and 20 degrees. You need a fabric to take moisture away from the skin.
2. Layer and shed. The weather will be cooler at the start of your race. Removable top layers, old sweat shirts or a quick trip to Goodwill can do the trick. Many races pick up the layers for charities.
3. Body glide & Nip Guard. The constant rubbing of shorts, shirts, sports bras, etc. on your skin can create blisters.
4. Compression or Not. This is a matter of personal preference. It's an investment that helps with muscle recovery.
5. Wear synthetic blend or wool socks. 100% cotton socks can cause blisters.
6. Get a fuel & liquid strategy. How will you nourish your body and quench your thirst? Your plan will determine if you need a fuel belt or pockets.
7. It's the Shoes! This is an investment piece in a runner's wardrobe. As each person's gait is unique, I highly recommend getting fitted for running shoes. However, don't buy new shoes to run your race. Wear the shoes you used for training.
8. Visor or hat. Keep the sun & sweat at bay with a visor or hat made with moisture wicking fabric. They will keep sweat from running in your eyes and the sun from your face. They also keep ponytails in place.
9. Little extras. Bib belt, Chapstick, gum, ear hugging headphones, sweatband, or a towel. They don't make you run faster, but they're nice to have.
Sola Adelowo is a certified image consultant, a certified Myers-Briggs Personality Type practitioner and the founder of ImageCube, LLC. She understands how to strategically build an image while using your own wardrobe to help demonstrate your unique personality. For more tips and more about Sola, check out ImageCubeLLC.com.
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