Preparation Is Key – All of the Sport Gear You Need For the Great North Run

Thu 21st Apr 2016

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Now that you have signed up to #RunForButterwick you will be getting ready to start your training and preparation for the Great North Run! 

But first things first, you need to make sure you have the right clothing and equipment to help you train for the half marathon…

  • When you’re looking for running tops and trousers make sure you buy synthetic fabric items, unlike cotton they keep moisture on the fabric surface (where it evaporates) and away from the body. 
  • To keep your feet dry and avoid painful blisters buy a few pairs of specialist running socks.
  • Women must shop around for the right sports bra! The most popular type is the compression sports bra, they are easy to slip on and are the most common type you can find. Another type is the front closure sports bra, which is more suited for woman who are a D cup and up.
  • The right pair of running shoes will make a difference to your overall performance and training. Everyone is different, so visit your local specialist sport retailer to make sure you get the right pair of shoes for you.
  • Some runners find it helpful to wear a heart rate monitor when they are training as they provide you with immediate feedback on how hard you are working out, so you can make sure you are always pushing yourself to go that extra mile. 
  • A fitness tracker is a wearable device that counts your steps, monitors your sleep and tracks your exercise, some runners find fitness trackers very helpful when training as they provide a lot of data.
  • Sports watches are a great all round device for any runner, most models include a built in heart rate monitor, a lap timer, pacer alerts, stopwatch and a GPS tracker. 

You don’t need to break the bank when it comes to buying running gear, if you shop around you will find great gear for a good price! Not everyone will want a performance gadget or specialist running socks, but it is important to make sure you are buying the right gear for you. 

  • If you have any questions or want to chat with other Butterwick runners use our hashtag #RunForButterwick on Twitter and join in the conversation.