Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cross Country Tips

Cross Country season is upon us and it is one of the best season to run. Running is one of the most overlook sports and needs to be given the respect that it deserves. Kids jump into running because it seems easy and they don't have to buy equipment, parents buy there kids sneaker, shorts and a light weight shirt and feel they have completed "their" requirements.

First off running is a cheaper sport than most but "running" shoes are what is going to keep you healthy, injury free and happy. Find a good running store that can access your running style, even give you pointers to change your style (Newton Running) has a whole section on Running Better. "To discover your best running form all you need to do is run barefoot. You'll immediately discover that when barefoot you're not landing on your heels, you're striking on your forefoot.

Striking on your forefoot is the most natural way to run, it is also the fastest and most efficient way to run. Newton Running shoes were developed to make your feet think they're barefoot and increase your performance."

Next would be the short, make sure they are lightweight and comfortable. Shorts should wick moisture away, be quick drying and complement your running style not basketball game.

Last would be the a good lightweight shirt, same principle as shorts, you might even need a long sleeve as well. To baggy and it could rub to tight and dig into the skin. Try them on make sure they feel good, keep you warm and wick the moisture away.

Last not really needed but a good hat. Blocks the sun, wicks moisture and fits.