So, I’ve taken up running again after a break this summer. I feel bad for taking the break but I’m one of those people who sweat profusely when exerting even the tiniest of effort anytime the temp is above 75 degrees. About the only thing I hate more than sweating is heat so, there lies the reason (excuse) for the break.
That said, one of the reasons I love running is that it is one of the few ultimate minimalist sports. Assuming you have use of your legs, you literally have everything you need to do so. You don’t need any further equipment to run. You don’t even need clothing. You might get funny looks or arrested running naked and barefoot but that does not mean you can’t.
That said, it does help at least a bit to have the right gear. Because I have had a few people ask (or give me their opinions) I thought I would mention what I use, why, and how I’m getting back into the running game.
For shoes, I swear by my Newton Momentum trainers. These are designed to be used with the Natural Running technique developed by the company’s founder and outlined in his book of the same name (on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/nzkrTr and highly recommended). Also good for those that use the Chi running technique. These are light, strong, and allow for a feel similar to what one would get running barefoot. Plus, you get less comments on the loud colors than you would wearing crazy looking Vibram Five-Fingers.
I chose an all-terrain shoe because I knew when I got them last year that there was still plenty of winter yet and that means running in ice and snow.
For clothing I have a bunch of Nike Dri-Fit hand me downs from a friend who shrank out of the larger size thanks to his regimen. No matter how you feel about big corporate Nike, the quality, look and design (i.e. how it works) is impressive. That said, I’ll need to stock up on some cooler weather gear soon and will likely branch out to other brands if I find good deals.
Getting back into running, I’m using the official Couch-to-5k program from Coolrunning. Though I have had previous running experience, I have found this program to be good for forming a running habit which is really the first goal. I fell out of mine so I need to develop that again.
I’m also using the official Couch-to-5k iPhone app to prompt me and track my progress. Finding it good in actual use so far even if the interface leaves a lot to be desired.
Finally, someone asked what I was using for headphones and if I use a band for my iPhone.
For headphones, I use the Sennheiser PX 200-II i which I purchased based on a recommendation post from Marco Arment. They are fantastic. Lightweight, sound great, with excellent sound insulation.
For the iPhone, I just hold my iPhone. Clench it in one hand. Which may be insane but it works for me for now.