Pat Connelly (Running Coach for LA Roadrunners and Valencia High School) gives expert video advice on: Do I need special clothing for running a marathon?; Do I have to wear running shorts?; What clothes should I wear in warm weather? and more...
Do I need special clothing for running a marathon?
You do not need special clothing for a marathon, but you need athletic clothing that is light in nature. As I said before, something that offers you a breathing material for circulation of air on your body.
Do I have to wear running shorts?
If you are in warm weather, sure. There are many different types of running shorts that you can have, or running apparel for your legs. It depends on where you are and what your style is, and what works best for you. You can wear the light nylon skin type, you can wear the knee length shorts, or you can wear the shorter track short. It depends on what really works best for you. The weather, what that dictates, and what style you think you look good in.
What clothes should I wear in warm weather?
Warm weather running clothes, obviously, are clothes that, once again, give you area to breathe, so you can perspire, and the pores are open and get air. Obviously, it might be a lighter material that might cover your skin from a hot sun and prevent sunburn. That's generally what you want to wear in hot weather.
What clothes should I wear in cold weather?
When running in cold weather, you want the material just enough that keeps you somewhat comfortable. It doesn't mean you're not going to be cold. But certainly you have to wear the most comfortable things in cold weather. The first thing that comes to mind should be health, safety and welfare. What clothing provides that for me whether I'm running in Duluth, Minnesota in February, or I might be in the rain in Seattle. Wherever you are, with the type of clothing you should think of three words; health, safety, welfare.
What is 'wicking'?
Wicking is a material on running clothes. It's like a web material that's open and allows your skin to breathe through the pores, even though you have clothing on.