It’s really all about finding what you like and what works to your preferences! I love Asics and Brooks for shoes because they provide the support I need. I run mostly in capris (any brand/form fitting or compression), Nike shorts, or even a running skirt here and there. My winter running tights are Reebok, and I just bought some Under Armour ones to try when the time comes.
Tip: Shop the sale racks first! Sports Authority occasionally marks things WAY down. Not even with my discount, I got the UA tights (in the middle of summer) for 60% off! Also, if you want to order something online and do it IN THE STORE, you’ll typically get free shipping and/or another discount.
Another tip: BODY GLIDE IS A MUST. I don’t use it all of the time, but when you’re first starting and your body is moving in a new way, body glide will help with any potential chaffing. Put it everywhere… even under your bra line or heart rate monitor strap.
A typical run for me looks like this (weather depending):
Hope this helps! Buy what you can afford and work your way up to the really nice things once you know if you’re addicted ;)
- Snug sport bra, any brand works for me, but it needs to be snug to hold these babies in… and make me look 12.
- Moisture wicking tank top or short sleeve - the ones I get from races work great, too!
- For long runs, I wear moisture wicking underwear as well. I got them from Target and they help with excessive sweating.
- Capri’s - I don’t like to run in loose capri’s. My favorites are the ones I have from Old Navy and Under Armour.
- Shorts or skirts - They typically have built in underwear or compression shorts underneath for the skirts! I definitely use body glide when I run in something like this.
- Running socks - Thin air wicking ones for summer, thicker warm socks for winter. Some of them even have a little nub on the back ankle to keep it from rubbing which is nice.
- Shoes - I highly recommend going to a running store first and having them fit you for shoes, so kudos on that. They will have you run on a treadmill to see if you pronate, etc., and will show you what works best. Even if you aren’t going to buy, you’ll know what you need and can typically find them cheaper somewhere else or wait for a coupon. DSW also has many of the same running shoes.
- Garmin Forerunner (420 version) - It’s an older generation GSP watch, but does the job just fine for tracking my workouts. I love it to help keep me motivated and on track with pace. It’s also awesome to look back on everything I’ve done.
- RoadID - GET ONE. I wear mine all of the time now because you just never know. Mine is a bracelet, but they have a bunch of options.
- Fitbit Flex - Because I like numbers and competition. It’s extra awesome when I’m actually running 10+ miles on a regular basis.