Although improving fitness is the main objective of taking part in a running or walking event, looking good is important too — not least for your confidence.
Flattering sportswear can be a great incentive to get out on the roads, so why not treat yourself to some gear — and the latest running materials can enhance your performance considerably, too.
Michael Jenkins of specialist retailer Up & Running NI, which is organising the Runher 5k in association with the Belfast Telegraph, says there’s a wide range of styles, colours and materials to choose from.
“A lot of people prefer training indoors on a treadmill because their confidence isn’t very high, but it is advisable to get out there on the roads to build up bone and muscle strength,” he said.
“There is so much flattering gear available which will give you the confidence to get outside and not care who sees you.”
The most popular item sold at Up & Running NI in shorts is the capri pant, according to Michael, which is cut off below the knee.
Accessories are also important, such as a watch which accurately tells you at a glance how long you’ve been training.
“There are lots of gadgets out there including heart rate and GPS monitors, the latter tells you the distance you’ve run as well as your time. They make running more interesting and, again, are a good incentive,” Michael said.
Another consideration is a hat, which will not only keeps longer hair out of the way, but helps to release heat.
“If it’s warm, it’s important to wear a hat that is made of breathable material so that heat will be taken into the air,” Michael said.
You can enter Runher by post (entry form on this page) or at www.runrunrun.co.uk.
The Runher entry fee of £8 includes a £1 donation to the children's charity CLIC Sargent.