Maria O’Keeffe McCarthy is a native to Clonmel but now lives in Kerry with he husband George and 4 children. Maria is a qualified personal trainer and has been an avid runner for a number of years. Winning many races including national titles.
Maria will give advice and tips over the coming weeks.
You need very little kit for running but at the top of the list are a pair of quality running shoes from a specialist running shop where your gait can be observed and the correct shoe can be selected for your foot type. Make sure you try on the shoes and jog around the store or hop on a treadmill and test them out make sure to leave plenty of room in the toe box I usually leave a thumbs width to allow for expansion and toeing off as you go through the gait cycle this will prevent the dreaded black toe. Running shoes are very individual and there are so many to choose from once you have identified what foot type you are. I slightly overpronate on my left side so I need a support shoe to prevent my ankles from rolling in. Also break in your new running shoes slowly during shorter runs and never wear a new pair of running shoes on race day you may regret it at the end. Wear comfortable clothing with moisture management designed to wick moisture away from body with fewer seams. Stay away from anything that could potentially irritate the skin especially for the longer distances also wear that has been tried and tested in training. If you have the right foot wear and clothing it simply helps you have a more enjoyable running experience.