What clothing and shoes do you wear while running?
I make sure to wear clothing that is made specifically for running. The reason: Chafing is the enemy, not only because it’s uncomfortable, but because it could lead to infection. Personal experience: Ten years ago I wore ill-fitting pants while hiking about six miles in the heat. Without sharing too much information (here, you are saying, “too late”), I got chafed where you don’t want to ever be chafed, guy or girl. Embarrassingly, the chafing led to a cellulitis infection (my third and last infection). From this experience, I wisely learned to be very picky when it comes to how my clothing fits, especially for running. Try on your clothing, and if possible, take a test run in them before committing. Be picky, because there is nothing more annoying than having something pinch, rub or scratch you with every step you take. [Read more…]