What To Wear Running

Whether you are looking to take on your first 5k or half marathon, or have even decided to take up running to get fit, you will want to know what to wear.

What to Wear Running

Whilst running for exercise and running competitively are both very different, you will want to invest in similar things when it comes to what to wear.

That being said, you will be happy to know that you will not need to spend time picking out the latest in clothing technology to succeed.

In fact, what you choose to wear will be low-maintenance due to the sport itself being just that. So, with all this in mind, let’s take a look at what to wear whilst running.

What To Wear When Running

Here are a few of the items to look at to help you run comfortably and effectively. From running shoes and socks, to sports bras and sun lotion. Yes, the latter counts!


When it comes to choosing clothes to wear whilst running, it is tempting to go for the high tech sportswear that promises ultimate performance.

Whilst this might be something you would like to do, right now it is best to keep it simple.

The best place to start is to think about the basics. Depending on the weather, you may want to look at a lightweight jacket too, however try not to add too many layers.

You will find that unless it is 40 degrees Fahrenheit, you will become too warm to keep on wearing it.

However, if it is cold, invest in a light running jacket that can be zipped up and will keep in warmth, yet allow the skin to breathe.

Also, on an item like this, feel free to go more technical on the fabric and the way it has been constructed.

Otherwise, a breathable T-shirt or running vest will do, as well as some easy to wear running shorts.

Most runners stay away from cotton, and instead wear nylon or polyester to allow sweat to be wicked away.

Not only that, the fabric is much better to be washed, and will last a lot longer than cotton.

Sports Shoes

Shoes are likely to be one of the biggest investments you make, meaning also the most expensive.

If you plan to stick to running, and also want to train for a competitive run, then buying comfortable shoes is paramount.

If you wear a pair of running shoes which do not fit well, or are not suitable for the job, then it is highly likely you will have an injury.

One of the mistakes people make when buying running shoes is concentrating on the brand and even the price first.

However, whilst it is okay to prefer a brand over others, and you might not have the budget to spend a lot of money, investing your pennies in a good pair of running shoes will make a difference.

It is always best to go to a store to get your feet measured. If you go to a specialized store who deal with running, they will go that extra mile (get it?) to let you use the treadmill and have them look at your gait.

In doing so, they can pick the perfect pair of running shoes out for you.


Socks can be overlooked, though they are just as important as the running shoes. One thing to avoid is cotton due to the fact it will soak in sweat, rather than wick it away.

Instead, opt for a blend of synthetic material. They can also help to prevent the formation of blisters.

The overall style is optional, as some people like a regular sock cut, and others prefer it at the ankle. Basically, give a few options a try and see what works for you.

Sports Bra

A woman should invest in a good sports bra due to running being a high impact sport.

The last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable and in pain, so finding a good fitted sports bra is definitely ideal.

It should feel comfortable, and not so tight that you cannot breathe. It should also give you some support, so testing it out is a great way to know if it fits well.

Once you find that the elastic is starting to wear and the support isn’t the same as it once was, replace it.

Sun Lotion And Hat

No matter the weather, if you are going to be spending time outside, you will want to wear sun lotion to protect your skin from the harsh rays from the sun.

Also, a hat will be a great idea too, as it will not only block the sun from affecting your skin, but help you to see better, too. However, remember to still add sun lotion to the face (ears and neck) too!

What to Wear Running

Accessories To Add To A Running Routine

Whilst the first point of call should be what you are wearing, you might want to think about the accessories too. Here are some ideas:

Sports Watch

If you are serious about tracking your fitness, then a sports watch is ideal. You can also see how far you have run too.

Phone And Earbuds

If you prefer to listen to music, and want it for emergency reasons, taking your phone with you is a good idea. You can buy an arm strap to carry it in.

Final Thoughts

When thinking about what to wear for a run, always narrow it down to the basics.

This means having the correct running shoes, to what you will wear over your legs and upper body depending on the weather.

Also, whilst a general afterthought, you will want to make sure you know what other extra gear you will need and how you are going to carry it.

This is items such as your phone, and perhaps even some form of running ID.

Hopefully this article has helped you think about what you will be wearing for your running journey.

Richard Harris