The great thing about running is the fact that you do not have to define yourself as a specific type of runner. As Shape Magazine explored, running really is an “every man sport.” There are so many different types of runners out there, so naturally, each type of runner needs equipment that will help them out! Let’s explore what each runner needs to perfect their sport.
Best Gear: Minimalist Running Shoes
Barefoot runners are tough, you guys. As the word “barefoot” implies, these are the people who prefer to run as naturally as they were born — without sneakers or anything! According to DietsInReview’s Kelly Turner, trainer and fitness journalist, barefoot runners need the proper shoes and socks. Check out minimalist running shoes to protect your feet — there are lots of choices out there.
WINTER WEATHER RUNNERS
Best Gear: Layers
Some people are tough enough to handle the rain, sleet, and snow. If you are one of these awesome people, make sure you layer — something that is not a natural thought before you head out on a run. Also, consider a hat and a water resistant jacket if you live in a rainy part of the country.
Best Gear: Trackers and monitors
Marathon runners are definitely not the casual type. If you are a marathoner, you are likely interested in keeping track of your personal data, which is why you will need to invest in a mileage tracker, a heart rate monitor, or even just an app on your phone, (find the best trackers here) which are often built into phones these days. Don’t forget a running belt so you don’t have to carry your water or fuel snacks. Your arms will get tired eventually.
Best Gear: Fuelband
Speaking of phone apps, if you are a techy who loves to run, how about getting a Fuelband? Turner recommends the wrist tracker for tech-savvy runners. If you are not a Nike fan, there are plenty of variations of wrist tracking devices to check out.
FIRST TIME RUNNER
Best Gear: New running shoes
Hey, we all have to start somewhere. If you have never been much of a runner before, it is never too late to start. Turner recommends a good pair of shoes that fit you well. Getting fitted at a running specialty store is going to help you big time in the long run.
Best Gear: Running stroll
Lots of moms choose to run with their strollers as a way of keeping exercise in their lives, even after having a new baby. Any stroller will work for shorter runs, but if you are planning on running marathons (or any long-distance) with your stroller, invest in a stroller specifically made for running. There are plenty out there.
MAN’S BEST FRIEND RUNNER
Best Gear: Waist leash
If you are a big fan of running with your adorable pup, Turner recommends getting a leash that wraps around your waist, so you do not have to worry about holding the leash with your hands. The dog will pull you like true teamwork!
Best Gear: Physical
Lots of older folks love to run as their form of exercise. Though it is perfectly safe for seniors to run, it is important to make sure your health is OK before you hit the track. Once you are in the clear, get a tracking device (like the aforementioned Fuelband) to track your mileage and make sure you are not overworking yourself.
Best Gear: Friends!
What do group runners need? This one is simple: a good group of happy running friends. Running in a group is fun, healthy, and a great way to keep yourself on track! Group runners should also check out fun-runs like The Color Run or the Hot Chocolate 5K, which are even more fun with a group.
Best Gear: Hot clothes
Neon warrior runners sure know how to decorate for their run, but let’s make sure you aren’t skimping on the sports bra. Someone as vibrant as the neon warrior needs something as vibrant as the “Raspberry Zest.” Decorate yourself before you go out on that run.
No matter what kind of a runner you are or may come to be, it is important to make sure you are well equipped for your run! Happy trails!