Running does not require a lot of expensive equipment but there are a few things every runner should have.
- Good running shoes - What is a good shoe? Your shoes should match your feet. If you have mid-high arch you need a flexible cushiony shoe. If you have mid arch –flat arch you should have more stable shoes. Every brand makes multiple models to fit the needs of all types of runners. You want them to fit snug, but not tight. Err on the side of too big rather than too small. Most HS runners don’t need the most expensive model, and mid-priced shoe should work well for you. If you are not sure go to FleetFeet sports for advice or use this link to determine which shoes might work best for you http://www.runnersworld.com/shoe-finder/shoe-advisor
I recommend having 2 pair of shoes that you can switch back and forth. Also remember that after about 300 miles running shoes tend to lose their cushioniness (is that a word?!)
- A running watch - Timex ironman is a good model, costs $30-$40 and can be purchased at Walmart. GPS watches are nice but certainly not necessary
- Running socks – Good socks are essential for preventing blisters. It is good to have 3-4 pair. You don’t want thick cotton socks (they hold moisture and cause friction), but rather thinner nylon socks. Balega are a great brand, but there are many good ones. You can often find inexpensive socks at Walmart that are designed for running.
- A foam roller – use this a few times a week to massage your muscles, it will facilitate recovery and keep you healthy.
- Racing flats/spikes (for the racing season)– you will run faster race times with these
- Body glide (or some other product to reduce chaffing!)