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What type of clothing is best for track and field?

Moisture-wicking Clothes Keep Athletes Comfortable from Head to Toe

Moisture-wicking fabrics are one of the most helpful innovations in sports equipment in recent decades. The clammy cotton t-shirt is a thing of the past. No matter what your event, invest in a few moisture-wicking shirts, shorts, and pants. They are more expensive than a basic t-shirt, but wash these clothes in cold water with a mild detergent and they will last for years. Don't forget socks; moisture-wicking socks keep your feet drier than cotton and significantly reduce the risk of blisters.

   
Why do many runners have those tiny shoes with spikes on the bottom?

Keep Track

Get new track shoes every season if you're on a team, every six months if you run recreation-ally, and every three hundred miles (approximately three months) if you train or race a lot.

Some track shoes are built for racing; those are track spikes and only need to be replaced when they get worn down structurally, worn out, or break. The actual spikes that screw into the bottom of the spike plates on underside of the shoe can be changed every few weeks or competitions depending on the surface.

   
What do I need to run?

Am I Missing Something?

You wouldn't go ice skating without skates nor swimming without a suit, would you? Then why would you run without the correct track and field equipment? Yes, track and field is a sport with relatively little equipment needed, you can wear basically anything to train in, but you must take care of your feet!

Track spikes are made special for each individual event. They do not just help you run fast, they put your feet and therefore the rest of your body in the correct position to maximize your ability and not get injured. Buy track spikes.

   
What type of clothing is best for track and field?

Moisture-wicking Clothes Keep Athletes Comfortable from Head to Toe

Moisture-wicking fabrics are one of the most helpful innovations in sports equipment in recent decades. The clammy cotton t-shirt is a thing of the past. No matter what your event, invest in a few moisture-wicking shirts, shorts, and pants. They are more expensive than a basic t-shirt, but wash these clothes in cold water with a mild detergent and they will last for years. Don't forget socks; moisture-wicking socks keep your feet drier than cotton and significantly reduce the risk of blisters.

   
Why are all running shoes different?

Running in Socks

Track shoes made for training, or as we like to call them, sneakers, have cushion that gets pounded down and loses it strength and stability. You need your training track shoes to hold their structure in order to support your feet and thus your legs and back because you spend all most all of your running time in these types of track shoes.

If you train on overused shoes, you are repeatedly hammering the sections of your feet, legs, and back that need the most support. You know this because the way you run wears the shoes down in these places faster than others.

   
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