Some fitness fanatics might exercise to get their body looking a certain way. It's a heart-warming side effect of getting a sweat on to see your thighs are a little more toned than they were around Christmas time, but if you ask me, exercise is about feeling strong and capable. But what should a new runner wear?
I run because the defiant part of me scoffs if someone suggests I can't do something. Not to say that getting up to running non stop for 45 minutes hasn't been a chore of epic proportions. Despite my if-you-can-do-it-I-can-do-it attitude, I am inherently lazy, and who wouldn't choose an episode of New Girl and a cup of tea over a sweat-fest?
Going back to what a new runner should wear, I too personify the notion that exercise isn't for the beautified (be pretty on rest days, so it goes). It's true anyone can do it, but I can't stress enough how important it is to get good shoes, and a good bra. Everything else is incidental - you're set.
RULE 1 : The right underwear
Let's get down to the nitty gritty. If you've got boobs, exercise can be something of an annoyance. Which is exactly why you need something robust, secure and reliable to see you through any terrain and any wobble. I've worked with Panache before, and their My Curves & Me range is aimed at girls just like me, who have trouble finding the best fit.
I was kindly gifted with the above Panache set to celebrate the My Curves & Me first birthday (and if you type "birthday" in at the checkout you can get a cheeky 25% off and free delivery until the 17th September!). Unlike lots of (scary) ones, when this sports bra and short set arrived I was pleasantly surprised at how modern and well made it was. It felt a bit tight on, but not constricting, which I soon got used to. I would err on the side of caution and get yourself fitted by a Panache assistant before you order online as sizing varies massively from brand to brand, but once you're confident of your numbers, their sports range will look after you.
It's no secret I'm going through something of a trainer phase right now, but that's not to say they are strictly reserved for days out and lazy afternoons in my office. Having the right trainers for running though, I soon learnt was a serious business. It didn't take long for me to change my flippant opinion of "what? Converses are totally fine to run in". With ankle aches and my boss warning me of shin splints if I carried on, getting a well-fitting, well-supported, specialist running shoe is so crucial.
I'm still trying to find my perfect brand, but these Nike Frees gifted from Sportsshoes are swiftly creeping up my favourites list. Not only are they incredibly light and flexible (no "wearing in" to be done here), they are the closest in the range to feel like barefoot running, which is going back to nature somewhat, isn't it? In your hunt for the perfect pair, look for comfort, cushioning and ankle support. That would be my advice, based on experience.
Phew! What a long post! Who knew I would have so much to say :) Tell me your running stories anyway folks. Have you got any fail-safe pieces of kit that you'd recommend? Or any horror stories of the stuff you wore when you first started?
All gifted items are marked, but as always, reviews are honest and entirely my own.