A lot to win when dressing right

With the right race gear, training and racing can be much more fun. Stefan Rehn, who works for adidas, gives his best advice on how to dress right.

Functional clothing

To make your running experience go smoother and easier, we recommend you to invest in functional and comfortable clothing. Two of the most common mistakes are wearing too much and using clothes made of 100% cotton. Cotton is comfortable, but it is not suitable when you sweat. The sweat is absorbed and the garment becomes heavy and cold. Instead, wear clothing that is light and transports sweat to keep you dry. Add a windproof jacket and you’re good to go.

Choosing the right shoes

The most important running gear is a pair of good shoes! A runner puts down their foot 70-80 times per minute with a force that is 2-3 times the body weight.

A good runner’s shoe should have a good mid sole, absorb the impact when the foot is strikes the pavement, be flexible and stable, durable and have a good grip. Remember to buy shoes suited for your body and foot type. Go to a specialized shoe shop where the staff can help you and find the best shoe for you. It can be a good idea to take your old shoes with you.

Dress according to the weather

If it’s windy: choose a long or short sleeved t-shirt closest to the body (not cotton) topped with a windproof jacket. On the legs, long or short tights.

If it’s cold and rainy: choose a long sleeved t-shirt closest to the body (not cotton) topped with a wind and waterproof jacket. On the legs, long tights. A thin beanie and gloves are optional.

If it’s very cold and snowy, choose a long sleeved t-shirt closest to the body (not cotton). Add a fleece jacket or an insulated jacket then topped a windproof and waterproof jacket. On the legs, long thicker tights. A thin beanie and gloves. Don’t forget to wear reflectors.

/Stefan Rehn