Jun 5, 2018

Wearing the Right Clothing


Edited: Jun 5, 2018

Ridiculous as it sounds, a lot of runners that I have met/seen over the years just don't realise how important wearing the right clothing is, whether you are training for a race or just getting in shape.

I have lost count of the number of people who have complained about 'joggers nipples', sore underarms or red raw inside thighs (just to mention 3!).

Now, it's not just a matter of applying a ton of Vaseline in strategic places, in fact, if you wear the right stuff you can often get away without Vaseline.

There are a few golden rules when running, one of which is to break in your running gear (including shoes), before you actually run in them.

Whatever you do don't just go for what looks good, make sure it's made of a good quality, soft, flexible material (TriDri Panelled stuff is brilliant) and when you've bought something new, wear it around the house for a few days first, then try a few short runs, don't immediately go for a 10 miler, cos you will pay for it!!

I proved the theory recently, as I hadn't raced for over 10 years, so, after training for 6 months, losing 3 stone in the process, I ran The Pendine Sands Half Marathon in my Tridri Panelled Tec Tee shirt, and my leggings and shorts were also well worn in, I didn't use any Vaseline and had absolutely no problems anywhere (not to mention I actually won my age group too boot!).

Below is a picture of me, in my shirt with my winners certificate, and let me tell you it was run in the worst conditions (30mph winds and driving rain) that I have ever raced in:-


So please heed my warning, as I have seen plenty of painful sights in my time, don't wear brand new stuff straight away for running in, break it in first.

Check out our TriDri shirts in the Training Tops page, they are brilliant.

Please share your experiences by posting in the forum, none of us are too old to learn.

Cheers - Graham

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