Comfortable ShoesA good par of comfortable sneakers is one of the most important things you need for a successful run. Everyone's feet are different, so the shoes that work for me might not work for you. I recommend that you go to a running specialty store and have them fit you for running shoes. They will be able to identify your running gate and foot placement, and help you pick out the best style for your needs. You will pay more for sneakers at a running store, but they will be much better quality and will last longer than a pair you get at a local big box store. It is very important to make sure you replace your shoes regularly. The amount of time in between pairs will depend on how often you use them and the quality of the shoe.
Supportive Sport BraNot all sport bras are created equal. As a large chested gal, I can tell you that I have tried almost every style out there. When you go running, support is a big deal. You want to feel comfortable and focused, not worried that your "girls" might hit you in the face or pop out of your top. Make sure you try a bra on in the store and pretend to run in front of the mirror. If there is too much movement, you should try a different one. Upon the advice of my workout group, I tried the active wear sport bra line at Victoria's Secret. To me, they are worth every penny, and I will not ever look back!
Good PlaylistI don't know about you, but having good music can get me through any workout. Music can lift my spirits, pump me up, and keep me going when I feel like quitting. To me, there is nothing worse than running in complete silence. That gives me too many opportunities to talk myself out of it, or think too long about the things in my life that are stressing me out. Make a YouTube playlist, set up a channel on Pandora, download music to your phone, do whatever works best for you. Just make sure you have enough music to get you through your entire run without having to stop and fidget to find more songs.
HeadphonesThere are so many options for headphones these days: wireless/bluetooth, corded, over the ear, in the ear, noise canceling, etc. Find what works best for you and keep them with your running gear. I can't tell you how many times I have backed out of going for a run because I realized I didn't have headphones and music to listen to. Now I keep an extra set in my gym bag to prevent that excuse from messing up my workout!
WaterStaying hydrated is important no matter how intense your workout is, or how much you sweat. Stick to water for a regular run, because you don't have to replenish your electrolytes and sugars as much. If I ever branch out and run a marathon, you can bet I will be grabbing energy drinks or sport drinks to help me make it through.
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