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Running shoes: What do I need to know?

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Shoes are a runner’s best friend. Running doesn’t need much equipment, but good running shoes are a must for anyone who runs. Training without them will lead to problems that can easily be avoided. So take the time to read up on what’s important when choosing running shoes and what else you’ll need.

Finding the right running shoes

The most important thing you’ll need apart from your app is a pair of good running shoes. These will be crucial for avoiding common running injuries and are well worth the time you should be investing in finding a pair suited to you and your running style. They may be more expensive than your regular shoes, but your health and wellbeing will be well worth it. Don’t forget that everyone is very different, so don’t go by recommendations that friends make. And don’t pick them online. When you come to buy your running shoes, it is best to go to a local retailer that specializes in running gear. Let them help you and have them analyze your running style. Then try on as many pairs as possible. Avoid going by style and only buy a pair that really fits you properly. Then nothing should hold you back from training. Buying two different pairs is also practical as you can alternate them, which can further prevent injuries.

Do I need running clothes?

There is no specific gear required for running. T-Shirts and jogging pants will suffice. Running socks will also help prevent blisters and for women, a sports bra providing good support is very important. If you choose to invest in new clothing for your training, remember that it doesn’t have to be the most expensive. You can also find training gear in the Freeletics Wear shop. The most important thing is that your clothing fits properly and doesn’t rub. This will help stop sores. Waterproof and windproof jackets will prevent wind-chill and will be very helpful in wet weather. And in winter, hats and gloves should be worn in cold temperatures, as these parts of the body lose heat very quickly. If your Achilles and/or patellar tendons start to hurt, make sure they are well protected from the cold.

Before you start your Running training, it is vital that you invest in your running shoes at the very beginning. If you don’t, you may find yourself experiencing pain due to lack of support and having to take a break from training. So take the time and invest in your wellbeing. It’s always better to prepare than to treat