If you like to run, for sport or for fun, you need to make sure that you have all of the right gear. The right gear will help ensure that you keep running, as it can help you avoid injuries. Even a minor injury can lay you up for days and then it will almost feel like you’re starting your running routine from scratch again. Not good for someone training for a marathon.

If you don’t invest in proper running attire, including shoes, you could have all sorts of issues, from blisters on your feet to blisters elsewhere from the chaffing of your improper shirts and/or shorts. If you aren’t sure what you need or concerned you may have been forgetting something, here are three things you must have if you want to be a successful (ad virtually pain-free) runner.

Compression Gear

There are plenty of things that compression gear can do for you as a runner. You’ve probably already heard that wearing compression socks can help keep from getting foot fatigue. You can get the same benefit from a leg sleeve as well.

If you run marathons and find that certain areas of your body are getting rubbed raw, and nothing you’ve tried works to protect these body parts, you might want to try something different. Wear an underlayer of compression shorts or a compression shirt. This could help prevent chafing and rash.

The Right Shoes

The right shoes can make a huge different when it comes to preventing injury as well. It’s important to know that running shoes are made differently than walking shoes, and you should only be wearing running shoes for running. They absorb shock better and come with better support for your feet.

Take some time to research the best brands in running shoes. Then make sure you try them on and walk around in them. You want them to feel comfortable and not too tight, but you also don’t want your feet to be sliding around in them either (try them on with the type of socks you intend to wear when you run).

Wicking Shirts And Shorts

If you want to stay cooler and dryer when you’re running it pays to buy some running clothes that are made from a wicking material. This is a material that absorbs your sweat without making you look all wet. Bamboo is one of these types of materials, but there are others, mostly natural fibers.

Natural fibers are great for sportswear and running gear. This type of material has less of a chance of causing rashes and other skin issues. They even have sports bras that are made to be cooling, so women runners can run more comfortably as well.

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