Sunday, April 12, 2015

Journey to Walking 26.2--Clothes

Whether you're training to walk (or run) a full marathon or just a 10k, wearing the right clothing is essential.  Uncomfortable clothing can cause chafing or blisters and nobody wants that.  For more detail, take a look at the video linked below.

So, let's start from the top (literally).  You do not want to wear a typical cotton shirt.  It hangs onto sweat, can keep you from cooling off, and it can rub funny on your skin, causing blisters and chafing.  Get a shirt that is made of a fabric, like Coolmax, that wicks sweat away from your body.  Target has a great line of workout clothing made with wicking fabric. The t-shirts I have are a special cotton that wicks away sweat.  The t-shirts are comfy and come in a variety of colors.  I prefer a lighter color than the one below.

Same goes for your sports bra.  No cotton.  Check to be sure there are not sharp tags sewn into the bra that can't be cut off.

The most important thing to consider for your bottoms is no cotton, no rough seems, and something that will keep the skin of your inner thighs from rubbing together.  You can get yoga pants or some smooth, tight pants.  I like to wear a running skirt.  Just be sure the shorts under the skirt are long enough to cover your inner thigh and won't ride up. and have great options.  Here are the ones I have. They are called Athletic Skirts with Compression Shorts.

For your socks, once again, no cotton.  They cause blisters.  Get a performance sock made of a wicking fabric.  You can get really expensive ones from running stores, but I like the kind sold at Target.

Shoes, I'll talk about in another video, so the last thing to consider is how you'll hold your hair back.  I like to use a hair tie that is designed not to slip out and my favorite hairband is by Sweaty Bands. These grip your hair, but don't squeeze your head too tightly.

When walking long distances, it's all about comfort, so get the right gear and get ready to go!

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  1. Great post! It's so good to see some pretty clothes and not just waterproof trousers! :)
    I would also add blister plasters, I was so shocked to find out that they actually work - amazing, love them. Bobbyanne

    1. I tried something similar to those and they didn't work, so I'm glad to hear there's a product that does hold. Thanks for the tip!


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  3. Thanks for adding this to the Healthy Living Link Party. We hope you will come back next Wednesday.