Monday, April 8, 2013
Now I know in theory, everyone has a pair of tennis shoes in their closet and they can throw on some old gm shorts and t-shirt and out the door to run they go, probably soon to be joined by some of their closest friends (plantar fasciitis, runner's knee, shin splints, blisters, chafing, IBT injury). Yes running is free, but running safely and having the right equipment is not exactly a $0.00 entry into the sport. Certainly some things are not necessary. No one running for fitness and fun needs a GPS watch. You can probably plan a run sufficiently around public water fountains that negate the need for a fuel belt. You don't have to have reflective gear, or sport sunglasses. Peanut Butter on bread is probably just as good for fueling as gels. I would say when we say running is free we might give the impression that their is no financial component to running. My bank, wallet, running store, and family know that is not true.
If you are a woman and you are going to run you need a good sports bra, maybe not a drawer full of them where you can match the color to your outfit (that is a topic for another day), but a good one that supports the girls and prevents you from having back pain. You absolutely need running shoes. No, Converse basketball shoes aren't an adequate substitution. If you are going to put your body through what it goes through running you also need to give it what it needs to succeed and carry you through with minimal risk of injury. Of course everyone is going to think different things are essential. I for one think once the temp is above 70 degrees, Body Glide is not a $7.00 expense I can afford to forgo. Whatever is and isn't essential, have you ever had a talk about running, visited a site about running, or read a blog that did not mention some kind of gear? Maybe there are occasionally aspirational articles about the zen of running, but they usually achieve that in their new running shoes, listening to their Ipod, through their bluetooth headset, and they note they were on pace at 8:55/mile according to their Garmin, which they checked with their headlamp, since it was too dark to see, but that was okay because they had their reflecting vest, so everything was cool. Running may not be as expensive as say football equipment...but is it really free?