So you're interested in running, but not exactly sure where to start. Well, it doesn't take much to start running. All you need is a good pair or running shoes. That's step one. For any beginner, you shouldn't worry about gear. That's why running is so great, it's practically free. But, in order to prevent blisters and injuries you do want to invest in some decent shoes, socks and attire.
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Here are a few tips to help you get ready to hit the road.
Buying shoes should be an easy process, but it can be a little intimidating for newbies. There are hundreds of types of shoes that are specialized for different types of runners, distances and terrain. Lucky for you, you don't need all the bells and whistles. You just need a basic and supportive running shoe. Go to your local running store to purchase a pair of running shoes.
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Local running stores are great to purchase shoes from. Not only do you support a 'mom and pop' type store, but you'll be in good hands. Running experts usually work at these stores, so they'll guide you in the right direction. The running experts will ask a few detailed questions and ask you to run outside. This will help them read your foot stride and determine what the best show is for you.
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Running shoes can be expensive, but you don't need to buy the most expensive shoe. Ask the store what's the best shoe for your foot with in your price range. Try on the shoe that you're interested in and go for a light jog outside to see how they feel. Many times the running expert will go outside with you to see how they fit. Once you find the perfect pair, you're ready to hit the road.
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Well, you're almost ready to hit the road. Shoes are the most important thing to have. But, socks make a big difference too. Socks are just as personal as shoes are. You might have to test out a few different brands of socks until you find the ones you like best. You want a sock that's snug, but not too tight, and has ventilation. A breathable sock will help prevent blisters.
For now you don't need to invest in expensive socks. But, if you start running long distances, you might want to invest in something more expensive. When you're at your local running store testing out shoes, ask the specialist about socks and their recommendation for a newbie.
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