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Ok Ive wanted to start running for a while now, and so found this site for some help/guidance/motivation...

Bit of an obv question maybe but here goes...

I dont have anything at all to wear so thought Id ask for an idiots list.. I have appropriate footwear so thats ok. I have funds to buy a few suitable items so wanted to see if I was on the right track (no pun intended). I think Id like a pair of leggings, a t shirt, obv a sports bra, and a lightweight jacket? That ok to start with?

I didnt want to get a tracksuit/trackie bottoms to run in and then decide I wanted the leggings as itd just be money wasted - if Im starting from scratch then I might as well buy the appropriate gear - I do want to do this and run properly.

Any help much appreciated
 

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Go to a local running specialist and ask them to kit you out.
Most important things for ladies is a good properly fitted sports bra. Make sure your shoes are up to it too!
 

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I'd go for lycra shorts rather than leggins with the summer coming up.

If you have an Aldi near you, they do kit twice a year too, which is quite good and very reasonable. They've had their summer kit... that was in April, but look out for the winter kit when it comes out Sept/Oct
 

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I'd say make sure everything is breathable and if possible designed for running. This mitigates against annoying seams and decorative detail that might rub and irritate.
 

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At the risk of being out of step... if you've only just started do you really need any gear? I would say all you need to buy is a pair of trainers (which you've done) and a sports bra. For the summer all you need is a t-shirt and jogging bottoms (ideally with pockets) which you may already own.

I've be running for a few years now and the only running gear I've ever bought is trainers, running socks, which I don't always wear, and a pair of gloves for winter. Once you've got some miles in your legs and you start running longer distances that's when I think you should be looking to buy more suitable gear.

Good luck with the new venture, let us know how it goes :)
 

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Thanks for all of your replies. I did buy some things yesterday - I didnt even own a pair of jogging bottoms! Didnt really want to run in jeans ;) in any case theyre a bit 'snug' :embarrassed: at the mo as I had a baby in March and Im not as comfy in them as Id like to be... So Im all ready!

Just a shame that you cant buy confidence too!

I do want to do this though, and Ive heard it should really help lift my depression too.
 

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Dillinger... just be aware that it probably won't be plain sailing to start with... but I just want to say don't give up, and once you get into the routine of running you'll be happy as larry whilst out on your runs.

I don't think anything helps me to destress and clear my thoughts as well as a run does. Best of Luck :d
 

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All the major brands tend to fit differently and are sized different but most have a size guide on their website I know ronhill have a size guide on their home page if unsure what size you are check out the manufacturers website first may help you make up your mind ..
 

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Good advice as ever.

As a newish runner carrying a few extra <ahem>stone the only things you "need" are trainers and a properly fitted sports bra.

However, having started in normal gear I quickly obtained the following.

A wicking Tee. This doesn't stick to you whilst you sweat and helps stop chaffing as well as feeling more comfy.
Running shorts. Again chaffing is the key here. Other types are likely to rub leading to uncomfortable evenings.
Socks. Padding as the miles build up.

Good Luck and enjoy
 
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