Running Apparel and basic running gear

Debunk a myth that we grew up on – that cotton is king for everything. Not so for basic running apparel. Invest in some moisture wicking running socks which will keep your feet dry as they wick away the sweat. Believe me, it’s important. They help keep your feet blister free as you sweat while you run.

You may shake your head in disbelief if I tell you that pure cotton is out. It’s definitely not the best fabric for running—or for any vigorous sport for that matter. I, too, found this difficult to believe but soon realized this was not a marketing con but actually makes a huge difference.
First, you need to review everything that is in contact with your skin – T-shirts, shorts, socks, briefs (and sports bras for women). T-shirts and briefs would be the first two to make a big difference on your run.

T-shirts: Cotton is out, microfibers are in, unless you want bleeding nipples or chafed underarms

Don’t believe me then check out this runner I finished a half marathon with. He was wearing a cotton T provided the day before, in his goodie bag. Trust me on this one. I have seen many people in each marathon I have run in, with bleeding nipples, and had faced it myself, before I made the transition from cotton.

Check out all the branded sports apparel manufacturers for micro-fibre running T-shirts with fabric names of Play Dry (Reebok), Dri Fit and Sphere Dry (Nike) Nike Plus and Climacool (Adidas). These are all fabrics made from varying compositions of cotton, spandex, lycra and polyester. Each brand has its own proprietary mix-which ensures that when you sweat, the fabric absorbs it immediately, wicks it away from the skin to the outer surface of the fabric and then enables swift evaporation, keeping your body dry and cool. All this comes with an extra-light T-shirt which remains non-clingy, so that you can carry on running comfortably.

We also make a line of great “Run Dry” T shirts, shorts, and men’s running briefs to keep you dry and comfortable and cool, as also water bottle belts for running. ORDER NOW

Microfibre briefs : Smooth, stretchable, extra-light and quick-drying, these are still few and far between in India. If you find them difficult to locate, check out Jockey, Underarmour, Maidenform, Triumph and Asics on your next trip overseas. Or you can shop online (search for microfibre briefs)—worth the effort.Inner Shorts

Running shorts: Ensure that there is an adequate inner pocket for your car/house key. A loose fit is generally best for ventilation, to swiftly dry the sweat.

Running socks: Again, from one of the sports brands. Check out running socks styles that are ankle-high rather than shin-high (opt for blends rather than pure cotton—the principle remains the same as in the T-shirt, keeping your feet dry and cool. They should wick away the sweat and promote evaporation, rather than just absorbing the sweat, which cotton does.

Women — Please check out the additional sports bra range here. This rounds off your list of essential apparel.

But remember : It’s best to break into your new gear gradually. If you are a long-distance runner, you need to use your new gear on a few shorter runs and have these washed a few times before your first run of 10-15 miles (about 16-24km) or more. I have seen marathoners at the starting line in new gear and new shoes, and later spotted some running barefoot, shoes in hand, nips bleeding, over the last few miles.

 Additional basic Running gear :

 Some gear for the committed runner :

You may already have most, if not all, the additional basics and can upgrade as and when—there’s no tearing rush. The essential gear of your shoes and the fabrics in touch with your body have been taken care of. Now, go for a run for a few minutes in your new gear and feel the difference.

 Buying and using a treadmill:

When you plan to buy a treadmill – be clear about what you want to use it for

As a clothes hanger – make sure it has lots of hooks, bars and handles

To get you on a guilt trip to start running – make sure it is the most expensive one in the market with all the features

As a display piece in your living room – should be sleek as hell

But maybe you also want one to run on one of them – so this is what to look for if you are buying one to run on:

There are several brands of machines in the market today – here are some broad guidelines to help you buy an appropriate treadmill for your needs. Avoid manual treadmills.

 Check out your objectives – long term and short term about what you want to do

 If you plan to run a lot ie. options b, c or d above, then you likely need one with

If you know the speed at which you are currently running, make sure the maximum speed of your treadmill can go to around twice your current running pace, to take care of speed running and training. Most starter treadmills come with max speeds of 12 kmph – which may be a bit slow, preferably look at one which goes to around 16kmph or 10 mph and if you are looking to push a bit more, then definitely look at a machine which can get to 20 kmph.

Most treadmills come with inclines from 1-10 or 1-15 degrees – both are fine – you will unlikely need more of an incline than this The minimum meters that should be in the display are – speed, distance, incline, calories, the rest are extras Nice to haves:

The warranty period – motor warranty should be for 5 years and the rest for at least a year. Check out the service centres and if the store you buy from will service it for you. Arm yourself with these basics and then do some research:

Try the machine definitely in the 1st week post installation at home with all it’s functions to see that all is working well.

Get the most from your treadmill: Wear clean running shoes on your treadmill

Place it in a well ventilated area with enough light, and a fan overhead to dry your sweat which otherwise dries naturally when you run outdoors even on a still day.

Place it away from the wall and see that it is near a window and if possible, with a mirror nearby to be able to check your stance and form If you want – see that there is a music player in the room and/ or a TV to view at eye height when you are running – the latter is a great way to keep up with happenings in the world around you and multi task to save time, which is ever so precious

Get used to the speeds at which you can run and carry on a conversation at, and the speed at which you can sprint 400m or ‘race’ a 5km distance so that you can use these for your speed training workouts

Use the inclines to practice hill running

Follow a training schedule – at least initially so that you are varying your running every day and using different muscles.

Importantly – try and run outdoors at least once in a week else at times we become a slave to the numbers on the display and say ‘I cannot run faster than 8.3kmph’ or I can’t do more than 3km at a stretch.

Stretch, strengthen and cross train along with treadmill running, to improve overall fitness.

Keep pushing yourself and see your progress visible right in front of you on the display.

Keep the treadmill at an incline of 1-2 degrees to replicate running outdoors.

Running Merchandise

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650ml water bottle – easy to squeeze, and translucent to show you when a refill is required. Standard dia of a sports sipper to ensure a snug fit in the water bottle belt.


The belt can be adjusted to fit waists from 22 to 44 inches. The water bottle holder is designed for a snug fit for a 500-700ml sports bottle (they all have a standard dia). A loop for the bottle top minimizes bottle shake The zippered pouch is for a cell phone and/or car keys/ munchie bars etc.


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Light and quick drying fabric to cover your neck and ears from the sun and wind for running in the heat or in the cold too. This is a must have for the long distance runner.


A waist pouch with 2 zips for keys, money, snacks, cellphone and emergency gear for the long distance runner.



Your companion for music, emergencies, and tracking your run with your mobile phone. Can accommodate the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and iPhone 6 apart from smaller phones with ease.

“Run Dry” Running T shirts
These are designed to keep you dry and cool while you run

“Run Dry” Extra Light weight Running Shorts – a pouch for car keys with a back slit for energy gels and hankie.


A frame
V frame



“Run Dry” Running briefs – say good by to chafing near the crotch
or upper thighs while you run with these snug quick to dry microfibre
briefs. The most uncomfortable chafing which people are often
embarrassed to talk about!! Try them on a run and you will probably change your whole wardrobe of cotton briefs like many runners have. 2
options – V frame and A frame for those who also have upper thigh
chafing or sensitive skin.


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Now you can run with a headband to keep sweat off your eyes and the peaked cap to keep the sun out too.

With a gauze top to enable evaporation of sweat – all designed to keep you cool.


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