Many of you know that we started our Spring 2017 Run for God series a few weeks ago. We’ve been meeting on Tuesday nights at 6pm at Owensboro Christian Church, and yes, there is still time to join the fun!
Because this course is for experienced and novice runners alike, we’ve recently been discussing the importance of proper running gear. Here are the highlights from those conversations:
Perhaps it’s obvious, but proper footwear is everything. Look for a shoe that supports your foot, doesn’t cause cramping or blisters, and is made of study materials that won’t wear out with a few months of training. We were so blessed to have Dylan Hammonds from Legends join us at our Run for God meeting a few weeks ago to outline the specifics of proper footwear. Learn more about Legends on their website, or send over any questions about footwear to the Legends team on their Facebook page. Dylan and his team would love to hear from you!
After considering shoes, what you wear while you run will be the most important decision you will make. Did you know the human body is meant to cool itself through sweating? As moisture evaporates from your skin, your body will cool. Running apparel should work with this natural cooling system, keeping you cool during hot summer months and warm during cooler, dryer months.
During the hotter months of the year, either leave your skin exposed to let the sweat evaporate or use clothing containing materials that help with moisture management. Most running gear already contains these synthetic materials that pull the moisture away from your skin and carry it to the surface of the garment to evaporate. Keeping the sun off your face or top of your head is important for temperature regulation, which is why you’ll see many runners sporting a lightweight hat. Hats also help keep the sweat out of your eyes!
Proper winter clothing is equally as important. Whether you choose to leave some skin uncovered is a matter of personal preference, but be sure to take into account any wind chill or possible cloud coverage. Thin hats and gloves are a great way to keep some heat in while running during the colder months of the year. Layering your clothing will help join two different types of garments, like wearing a wind jacket over a hoodie on a cold and windy day. Layering also allows you to take off layers as you get too warm.
The socks you choose to wear while running can be nearly as important as the shoes you wear. A running sock made from moisture-wicking, synthetic material will keep your feet more dry and prevent blisters from forming. Sock preference varies quite a bit. Find what feels good to you, but make sure they fit snugly enough to prevent slippage and that they are made from the correct type of fabric.
As we mentioned, make sure you get a lightweight hat. Sunglasses will also help keep out the glare. Don’t be shy with sunscreen and don’t forget your chapstick with SPF!
No matter how far you’re running, bring water with you. We love using water bottles with quick grip holds for shorter runs. If you don’t want to carry anything, try a hydration waistpack that can fit several water bottles – ideal for longer runs. A small CamelBak hydration backpack is a great hand-free water option, too.
The most important tool in your bag will be your Bible. Encouragement is so important anytime we’re doing something new, and the Bible is full of verses that will help motivate us to keep going.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
For a look at what’s coming up next week, check out the Run for God class schedule. Even if it’s your first time, come on out! We look forward to seeing you soon.