One of the most attractive aspects of running is that it seems
so simple. There's no expensive equipment to buy, no need to drag
that equipment someplace far away to use it, no need to get together
with a partner or a team. All you really need is a pair of shoes
and a place to run.
Of course, as you will discover, it isn't QUITE that simple. Running
shoes are complex feats of engineering designed to protect, support,
correct, and enhance the runner's natural biomechanics. Running
apparel is manufactured in dozens of hi-tech performance fabrics
to keep you warm, cool, dry, supported, and comfortable in every
imaginable weather condition from the Sahara to Antarctica.
And what about other types of equipment--water carriers, race
belts, energy gel holders, sweat bands, lace locks, ID tags, sunscreen
that won't sweat off, anti-chafing lubricants, reflective vests,
sunglasses, watches, heart rate monitors, orthotics, insoles, stretching
and massage aids, injury remedies, training logbooks and software,
You get the idea! In order to feel like a runner and to be the
best runner you can be, you need to learn about the equipment and
accessories that can enhance your running.