In honor of Global Running Day, we provide a step-by-step guide to get you out there on the roads.
By Matt Gross, Men's journal
So there’s this thing called Global Running Day. Don’t know if you’ve heard of it, but it takes place on Wednesday, June 7 (today!), and the idea is that, well, you should go running — on the street, on a treadmill, wherever you can. Now, we’re a little skeptical of any kind of Global Whatever Day, but we have to admit: This is a good idea! You should go running! Running is great exercise, a very affordable sport, and occasionally even somewhat enjoyable.
[post_ads]Kidding! It’s somewhat enjoyable most of the time. And what better time to start somewhat enjoying yourself than June 7, when a vast worldwide propaganda machine is telling you to get out there and run, even if you haven’t so much as jogged since sophomore-year P.E.?
You’re onboard? Great! But before you dash out the door, here’s what you should know: a few tips to get you striding down the block safely, comfortably, and happily. Or somewhat happily.
You'll Need to Get Some Shoes
Wait till the afternoon, when your feet have naturally expanded, then visit a respectable local running store that either has a treadmill, will let you go run around the block, or has a generous (i.e., 30-day) return policy.
Tell the salesperson you’re just starting out, then try on a million different pairs until you find the one that just feels right — space for your toes to spread, a firm hold on your heel, nice ventilation, and an appealingly springy bounce. Forget about technical terms like pronation for now and ask yourself one question: Is this the pair you want to run in?
And Don't Skimp on Socks
Socks are nearly as important as shoes, believe it or not, since they wick away moisture, keeping your feet cool and dry (or, in winter, warm and dry) and preventing blisters. Some are silky polyester, others merino wool; some are thin and minimalist, others thick and cushioned. Buy a few pairs (they’re generally $9–$18), so you can see how they feel and what you prefer.