Along the street running, it is not enough just to wear good running shoes on your feet. To improve performance, it is necessary to constantly invest to improve each day more. Every athlete, whether beginner/amateur or experienced/professional, knows the importance of adequate equipment to be carried throughout the exercise.
Street running is a democratic exercise. Everyone can do it. However, to make the most of it, and thus climb steps in practice, it is necessary, above all, to enjoy the accessories that are more than necessary to grow and evolve. With the proper use of equipment, exercise that once seemed like a race will become a lifestyle.
Certainly many people still see the practice of running with a certain rusticity. The cliché of putting on sneakers, a high-top sock, shorts and a shirt. Is that enough? Enough. But is it enough to tackle miles and miles under a blazing sun, changing terrain, and long minutes (or even hours) of uninterrupted strides?
The truth is, street running is a serious sport like any other. Despite the initial prejudice that exists regarding its theoretical “ease”, when entering the sport, it is noticed how seriousness is present in each contact of the tennis sole with the surface.
In this way, we have separated some indications of essential equipment for a runner to have along the entire route. It is important to emphasize that, when talking about the route, it is not only about the path to be taken, but also before getting ready for the exercise and after finishing the desired mileage.
Mandatory equipment for street racing
Choosing more qualified equipment is essential for a street runner who wants to evolve. There are some accessories that are essentially mandatory. They will be responsible for providing the necessary support throughout the journey, making the exercise not only comfortable but also efficient.
1) Light shirt
Just any shirt is not enough. Preferably, a tank top or short sleeve made of light fabric, in order to facilitate the evaporation of sweat along the way. But even more important than that is for the runner to feel good about wearing the garment. Guidelines for the best fabric are not enough, if it bothers you during exercise.
Therefore, the general idea is that of tank tops in polyester or polyamide material, allowing ultra-thin shirts with adequate ventilation. Despite this, some runners opt for cotton, but prioritizing comfort much more than ventilation provided by a polyester or polyamide garment.
2) Cap or a visor
The caps and visors have a versatile version: protection. Protection from the effects of UV rays coming from the sun, as well as preventing sweat from running down the runner’s forehead into the eyes. This way, there is protection not only from the sun, but also from the sweat that runs down the runner’s forehead.
At the time of purchase, it is important to ensure that it has a good fit to the head. Also, having a comfortable shape and proper fit is imperative. Both the cap and the visor cannot move during physical activity, and they do not replace the use of sunscreen.
3) Heart Rate Meter
The frequency meter is a device whose function is to measure the runner’s cardiorespiratory activities along the path. By measuring and controlling the data, the person will be able, from what the frequency meter presents, decrease or increase the intensity of the step, having everything under control for a safe and efficient exercise.
With this mandatory equipment for every runner, it is possible to know about intensity control during training. Usually coupled with a watch, the frequency meter is one of the accessories that every athlete should use throughout the street race, whether in training or in competitions.
4) Hydration bottle
Any type of physical activity requires proper hydration. Keeping in mind that nutrient replacement is critical is the first step to evolving in the sport. Whether walking, high-performance running or marathon, hydrating correctly is essential to maintain health and well-being with the activity.
For this, a hydration bottle becomes essential as a direct companion in training and competitions. It can contain both water and isotonic – varying the option of the runner and personal taste.
However, a tip that the most experienced usually give is that water is the preference, as getting your head wet on a strong sunny day helps a lot to boost the stride in a difficult moment of the race.
A pair of sunglasses, combined with a visor/cap, is an interesting option for the street runner. The problem is not the sun that comes from above, but the reflection that hits the surface and can certainly bother the runner.
For this reason, the tip is to always opt for the use of sunglasses during physical activity. Both in training and in competitions, the glasses are an important foundation to help the runner in a safer, more comfortable and efficient path.
Necessary accessories for every street runner
In addition to the mandatory equipment, there are also those that can be added to improve performance. Some options may seem superfluous, but they are constant indications from experienced runners in the world of street racing. So, check out great options to make your run even more professional:
6) Special socks for runners
Socks can be a determining detail in performance. That’s because there are special socks for runners who find themselves in droves on the market. The so-called “Running Socks” are made of high quality synthetic materials called polyamide, spandex and polypropylene.
These materials support runner perspiration, foot breathing and temperature control inside the shoe. In this way, they provide greater comfort throughout the race, making the ride smoother. The shape and seams are produced in order to prevent foot irritation and blistering in the region.
7) A hydration belt so that your arms don’t occupy your arms
The hydration belt is perhaps one of the most useful accessories, but also the most underrated by some runners. Some athletes plan their route and leave bottles along the way, or even pass by parks or stations to restock their stock.
However, this is just wasting time. The hydration belt allows the runner to carry a bottle of water with them and even a sports drink as a back-up. Despite the extra weight, it makes up for gaining precise minutes in the race.
8) Cell phone armband while music plays
A great encouragement for the runner is the excitement that music can provoke. In order not to have an mp3 player or a cell phone dangling from the earpiece, why not bet on an armband that affirms the cell phone and doesn’t get in the way along the way? On the contrary, it can be a stimulus in breathless moments.
But not just for music, after all, today’s smartphones are multipurpose, and can be a direct help for the runner with the option of GPS. With this, the athlete will be able to travel new paths in training, breaking new streets and different environments each day of training.
9) Belt number door to start competing
Running is the cause, competing is the consequence. That’s the maxim of street racing. Start slowly and when you notice, you are already looking to face a marathon. A sport that truly inspires and challenges any enthusiast to compete.
Therefore, for those who are competitive, it is good to start preparing a number holder belt. It is essential, as it does not let the runner’s number fall along the route of the race. After all, losing the number during the race can mean disqualification. To risk what, if you can have security, right?
10) Mini fanny pack for carrying keys or documents
Just like the cell phone armband, the fanny pack allows everything to be at hand. Documents and keys properly stored and ready to present are essential. After all, you never know when an emergency will occur.
Being able to carry even cash and carbohydrate sachets, the mini fanny pack becomes an essential companion for the runner who wants to run farther and farther.
11) Choosing a good shoelace
The shoelace that comes with running shoes might seem like enough, right? However, it’s always good to imagine the worst-case scenarios. The sneakers untie, it is necessary to make a forced stop, to lose the rhythm, just to tie the shoelaces. One, two, three, four positions were lost. And all because of a simple detail, which seemed derisory.
Elastic laces for running shoes are excellent options on the market to boost shoes. In addition to not untying, they have the elasticity necessary for the runner to put on his shoes without the need to untie his shoelaces.
12) Armband for night running
This one is intended for night runners. A night armband is still a little-known item in Brazil, but widely used in the United States. Although caps and sneakers already adopt reflective capability, the armband enhances the power of vision for careless drivers.
It emits a steady blink, alerting anyone on the freeway that there is a running runner near the highway. The armbands are a direct enhancement of the safety of the runner who chooses to run at night.
13) Sun protection gloves and thermal shorts
For extremely hot days, where the sun is at around 40ºC. In times of São Silvestre, the sun protection gloves offer a protection factor of 50, being essential for the protection of the arms of the runner. In light fabric, they just tend to add up to the runner who chooses to use it.
On the other hand, thermal shorts are artifices used daily by runners. By preventing diaper rash from touching the legs along the way, they make the exercise more comfortable for the runner.
14) Vaselines, ointments and sunscreen
The ointments and petroleum jelly serve the same purpose: to combat the rash inside the legs. Using a little over the course of the post-race days, it is possible to quickly heal the illness, and be ready again for another 15 kilometers.
Sunscreen, on the other hand, does not require any presentation or reporting on its importance. Must be every runner’s best friend. Wearing throughout the training period – and renewing if necessary –, the protector is an essential item in the street runner’s accessories.
15) Medal holder to store memories
You’ll want to keep your memories of each test, right? Investing in a medal holder is to value history. It’s a way to look back daily and remember each completed pass, each ribbon cut, and each initial start in the scorching heat.
It will be the history book of your journey in the street race. A way not only to save, but to value the effort put into an activity that only enriches the practitioner’s mental and physical health.
16) Smartwatch: practicality and technology for the runner
Smartwatches have become a fad among runners. The famous smart watch makes everything more practical and within reach at any time during the race. Serving with a personal digital assistant, the accessory is a rich addition to the street runner.
It has a GPS, thermometer, barometer, compass, chronograph, altimeter, calculator and a touch screen, as well as numerous other fundamental functions to make up the runner’s daily life.
17) Choosing running shoes: the runner’s main equipment
Running shoes are indispensable. The choice of a good tennis goes through a thorough analysis of what the hall want. The main equipment variable for street racing is as large as the possible variables for a path during a pace workout.
In this great variability, there are shoes aimed at cushioning, others for performance, others opting for comfort and others for performance.
So he has a constant that is not law. After all, the best shoes for one runner may not be the best shoes for another type of runner. This is because each one will seek, firstly, adaptation to their own foot, secondly a model aimed at their practice and, thirdly, correspondence to the type of competition disputed.