Running Gear Breakdown

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just poor clothing.” – Scandinavian adage


The gear we use not only enables us train better, it also keeps us safe. From cold weather apparel to foam rollers, track and field athletes have a variety of tools available to us to enhance our training and boost our recovery. The list below is broken up into groups based on priority.

High Priority

Uniform. This one’s easy. You can’t compete without it.

Training shoes. Because you’ll be doing the bulk of your work in training shoes, it’s extremely important to choose the right type. To do this you’ll need professional help. Please visit a devoted running store and get a proper fitting for a training shoe. After you know which shoe is best for you, you seek out cheaper prices online. Any of the following locations are acceptable:

Cold weather apparel. Much of the indoor and outdoor season will include practice in inclement weather. This means all athletes practicing outdoors will be required to have weather-appropriate clothing. You will not practice other wise. At a bare minimum, this includes the following:

  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Warm, long-sleeve top
  • Tights or running pants

Competition shoes. These don’t require a special fitting; what matters most is that they’re comfortable and that they suit the needs of your specific discipline.

Watch. Speed equals distance over time. Timing affects every practice and every workout and functioning sports watches are necessary for training. 

Low Priority

  • Socks
  • Gear bag
  • Foam roller, rolling stick, other massage/recovery tools
  • Racing flats
  • Sun protection (e.g. hats, sunglasses, sunscreen)