We’re done with the headwear let’s move down and deal with that body! All of us regardless of age and sex perform our best when we feel comfortable so let’s choose body wear that will give you comfort and confidence.
- Best choice are lightweight fabric and moisture-wicking material. Aside from the comfort it is also wash and wear. Just hang it after a quick wash and it’s ready for the next run.
- Moisture-wicking material is called “Dri-fit” by Nike and “Climacool” by Adidas. Under Armour has lots of this too. But it doesn’t need to be expensive and branded. There are plenty of good quality lightweight and moisture-wicking material running tops in the market but not as expensive.
- No to cotton shirt. Cotton is made to absorb. It’s uncomfortable to run in sweat-soak shirt.
- If you are running in cold weather you’ll need some breathable shirt over your running shirt/singlet.
- Avoid wearing too large tops/shirts. If you are provided with an ill-fitting official running shirt, have it altered according to your size and comfort..
- When running in the dark, you need some reflective running clothes to make sure you are visible to other road users.
2. Women’s Bra
- To my fellow lady runners this is where I suggest you invest.
- Best choice is extra support especially if you are “heavy” on top
- Snug enough that won’t allow “bouncing” but not to the extent of restricting blood flow.
- When shopping, try every style until you find the one that best fit your cup and frame. Choose the one that says “extra support” in the label.
- There are those long bras that extend out to below the rib cage. It should give you support in front and back.
- Ill-fitting bra caused painful “bouncing” and results to chafing.
- And just like any other running clothing, don't wear a new bra on race day. Test it during short runs.
3. Men - Plastic strips (or body tapes)
- Simply put a plastic strips or bandage on your nipples during long runs. You will know the difference when you run without the nipple covered.
- On cold weather or cooler temperature, start with a lightweight top and cover it with another lightweight sweat shirt.
- Both should be moisture-wicking material. Cotton can give you warmth but the moisture stays.
- Windbreakers and light rain coats are okay during a run under the rain, but a plastic garbage bag is a very fashionable raincoat during race day. Aside from being inexpensive it is disposable.
- For me the best look during a run under the rain is the “wet look”. Enjoy the rain. It is not so often that we do that. And for heaven’s sake don’t run with umbrella!
- Wear them on real cold days. It’s important to cover the hands.
- For those who have winter season, find a pair of gloves/mittens made from breathable materials, light but gives real warmth.
- Choose gloves that wick away moisture and mittens that are light but gives real warmth. Don’t let the discomfort of cold hands or frostbite discourage you from running.
- A half-split running shorts is better than a v-notch short. It gives better freedom of movement. However if your are considering modesty you might prefer a v-notch over a half split.
- A running shorts with a built-in mesh liner is cooler and more comfortable than wearing a separate underwear with unlined short.
- Shorts with a built-in belt are more constricting than those just with an elastic waistband.
- No to baggy shorts especially those with long inseams. Apart from being heavier and hotter, It looks awkward to a running environment that mostly are wearing traditional running shorts.
- Shorts with zip or mesh pockets are perfect for carrying coins and keys. But when you carry coins be sure that its not jingling because it would be annoying to others. Wrapping up loose change in foil stops it from jingling.
7. Spandex/Compression Shorts
- Wear spandex shorts under your regular running shorts so you don’t chafe “down there.”
- Compression shorts – they are a little warmer than traditional running shorts. You may prefer them for cooler weather.
- Here's a saying: “You’re real runner when you're not embarrassed to wear spandex”
- I prefer spandex alone and no shorts. It is lighter and no movement hassle.
9. Anti-chafe balms or comfort balms
- Apply in crotch, underarms or wherever things rub or wherever you usually chafe. This is really important for longer runs because they will help prevent the blisters.
- Again guys, don’t forget the nipples.
– It’s okay if you don’t mind about the change in your complexion but consider the negative effect of the ultra violet rays to your skin so apply some when the sun is really beating you down.
- Read the labels and look for the one which provide protection but still allow the sweat to come out.
10. Your body
A well conditioned body is the best wear to bring to the start line. So train, rest, eat, sleep well . No matter how comfortable (or expensive) your gears are, it would be useless if you come to the START line unprepared.