- "Wicking" Fabric Apparel
- Running Shoes
- Training Watch
I need clothing and socks that are made of "technical, wicking fabric". This type of fabric is quick-drying and pulls moisture away from the body. I have a feeling that when we are doing our long runs in the Chicago summers - those without this stuff are truly going to regret it!
Yes, I have tons of pairs of running shoes, but I have never been "profesionally" fitted. It appears that runners need to take into account their arches and running style when selecting shoes because they are all different. I just pick the coolest shoes that have the best price :)
There are watches out there that do tons of things - from monitoring your heart rate to tracking your distance. These help you train and seems that everyone has one.
Clothing is never hard for me to shop for, so I know that I will be picking up things here and there - now with the new focus of "wicking fabric". Our first Team in Training session next Saturday is actually a footwear and apparel seminar, so I am going to wait to find the shoes until people who know what they are talking about can explain all of this to me. So, mission #1 is to find a watch!
The search... Watch shopping is not as easy as I thought and there are a ton of choices out there, so I have been spending my morning trying to look for watch reviews and opinions of other runners. Here is some info I found:
April 2002 Running Watch Review - Runners World (UK)
July 2002 Best Adventure Watches - National Geographic
Top 10 Sports Watches - About.com
It looks like most people on forums (who arent talking about fancy watches that include GPS tracking) mention Nike or Timex - so I narrowed down the search and tried to find product reviews on the watches those two companies make. From reviews, the fits seem to be quite different and so I think the next step is to go into a store and feel them out.
The Nike Triax comes in versions that look like this