Preparation

Most of us run marathons and Half Marathons to achieve a certain fitness level, Preparation is key to both achieving your desired fitness level & running a successful marathon. Your preparation begins three to six months prior to the event.

Equipment

What Do I Need To Run?

The basics include running shorts, a t-shirt, and running shoes. Well-fitting running socks and underwear are also important. Depending on the weather, you might want sunglasses, a jacket, a hat, gloves, or spikes. Those wishing to track their speed or distance might run with a GPS-equipped device, odometer, or heart-rate monitor.

SHOES : Things To Consider When Purchasing Running Shoes

  • Proper fit is essential. Running shoes should fit snugly, yet comfortably in the heel and midfoot area. Be sure to leave about a thumb’s width space between the toes and the front of the shoe when standing as the arch flattens easily when running.

  • High price doesn’t necessarily mean high quality; however, it is reasonable to assume that very inexpensive running shoes may not be as durable as more expensive footwear.

  • Anyone who runs regularly should wear running shoes. Shoes should be carefully matched to an individual’s skeletal anatomy (e.g. leg and foot shape), pronation type (normal, over, and under pronation), and the surface on which you usually run (e.g. trail shoes). One pair of shoes is suitable for those running three times per week for approximately 30 minutes, while those running distances greater than 30 km per week should own two to three pairs.

Trends In Athletic Shoe Development

Improvements are being made in the area of athletic shoe research and development to prevent the occurrence of sports-specific accidents and injuries. In the past, athletic shoe design was focused around support and cushioning; however, studies have shown that these components are not solely entirely effective in preventing injury. Modern shoe construction is focused on producing a shoe based on the specific needs of individuals based on a variety of factors.

Running Clothes

Fit and comfort, not appearance, are the most essential factors to consider when choosing running clothes. The basics are a running shirt, shorts, and socks, plus a sports bra for women. For colder weather, you may want to wear layers that include a running jacket, tights, gloves, and a hat. Weather-resistant, reflective clothing made from materials like Gore-Tex or Sympatex are also good to have on windy or rainy days.

Basic cotton t-shirts have been replaced by technical running shirts. Cotton absorbs sweat, eventually becoming wet, heavy, and unhygienic. Tech shirts are made from special, lightweight materials that wick sweat from the body, keeping the body cooler and dryer even on hot, humid days.

Running shorts and tights are made from lightweight, flexible polyester or spandex and are available in lengths ranging from short to mid-calf and ankle length. Tights are sometimes preferable to shorts because they help prevent chafing that might result from shorts rubbing against the inner thighs in hot weather. Ankle length tights often have a zipper near the foot to make them easier to get on and off. Many running bottoms have a small pocket in the back to carry keys, money, and other small necessities.

Training Plans

What Do I Need To Run?

Striders has a variety of Training plans to suit both beginners, intermediate and advanced runners. Please contact the Striders team in your area. More details are available at www.striders.in Courtesy Striders

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