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Marathon Season: What to wear on your runs?
Accessible and versatile, running has become extremely popular over the last few years. It’s a year-round sport that appeals to those who like to exercise on their own, as well as social butterflies.
While many people like to travel and take time for themselves, others are driven by the powerful feeling of personal achievement, when physical and mental endurance come together for the better.
5, 10, 21.1, or 42.2 km, whatever your goal might be, what’s essential when it comes to running races is to be well prepared and properly dressed. Experts will tell you that having the right gear contributes as much to your performance as it does to your enjoyment of the sport.
Technical clothing, windbreaker jackets, specialized socks, functional accessories... We’re spotlighting what criteria you should look for in great running gear.
Performance threads take on the trends
More and more, fashion is playing a bigger role in activewear, combining trends with performance. Now, you can pick out stylish running outfits while still being appropriately dressed to train. Transparent details, modern fits, contrasting layers, as well as animal and organic prints are all hitting the track to the delight of today's trend-loving athletes.
Technical fabrics to keep you comfy
Technical clothing is constantly improving itself in order to offer runners the ultimate when it comes to comfort. We're thinking here about Dri-Fit by Nike, which wicks away moisture while you're on the move, and HeatGear by Under Armour, which keeps you cool and dry.
Generally, this type of technology is found in pieces made of synthetic materials like polyester-spandex blends. Light, flexible, and stretchy, they fit your body perfectly while providing freedom of movement.
Increasingly conscientious of the textile industry's impact on the environment, certain brands are now offering activewear made of recycled materials, like reclaimed fibres from old clothing, post-industrial waste, and even recycled plastic bottles.
What's more, colours and silhouettes are being reworked each season, so you can keep up with the trends while you keep up the pace on the track! What's better than gear that's functional, eco-friendly, AND fashionable?
The art of layering
Changes in the weather shouldn't stand in the way of you reaching your goals, so it's essential to dress adequately in order to get the most out of every run. The following multi-layer formula lets you create the best clothing combinations depending on what Mother Nature has in store.
Start with a top that will keep you dry while keeping sweat away from your skin. The best? A fitted garment designed with an absorbent synthetic fabric like microfiber or a fluid jersey made of an ultra-breathable polyester blend. If summer rain is forecast, pack a hooded anorak or a lightweight windbreaker with water repellent fabric with you. Easy to unsheathe when the weather gets rough!
If the sun hits hard during the race, a pair of UV protection glasses is a must. Also, remember to cover your head well with breathable and lightweight materials.
On your feet? Socks without seams or flat seams, to avoid chafing and blisters. Ladies, a running bra with wide straps, preferably crossed, ensures optimal support.
Take care of your feet
When you talk about running, you also need to talk about shoes! Your feet are your most important pieces of equipment, so you need to treat them well. It’s absolutely essential to wear good running shoes. This will impact your performance, but, more importantly, it will keep you comfortable, healthy, and help you get maximum enjoyment out of your runs. Shoes that are designed for running help you avoid fatigue and injury. Don’t hesitate to ask for help in order to find the perfect shoes for you.
Long live your clothing!
Caring for your technical clothing is important not only to keep them looking their best, but also to maintain their performance. If you can't wash your clothes right away after running, make sure to lay them out so that they dry. This will prevent the growth of bacteria and odours.
It's recommended to follow the care instructions found on the clothing's tags. Using a detergent designed for technical clothing is also advised, but a mild liquid detergent can be used as well. Never use fabric softener as it clogs the pores in the fabric. It's important to rinse out and hang the garment in a dry place.
A few key tips
Just started running? Here are 3 important pieces of advice to remember…
1. Choose good shoes
2. Alternate between running and walking
3. Gradually increase your intensity
Beginners and experts, volunteers and fans, will we be seeing you at your local marathon?