Walking tip: What you wear could make the difference in having a good 5K or a not so good one.
Your most important piece of equipment/clothing is your shoes. Whether you subscribe to the minimalist (barefoot) school or the support school, flexibility in the toe is very important. Actual "walking" shoes can be rather stiff, so look for ones with flexibility or running shoes. Head to a running shoe store and have them do a gait analysis (it should be free) to see what type of shoe would be best for you. They should also take into consideration your weight, size, weekly mileage and where you usually walk. The most important thing is that they fit comfortably from the get-go. Don't expect them to get better if they start out only sorta comfy. So make them work for it, try on lots of shoes, and don't pigeon hole yourself into a familiar brand. If your current shoes are more than a year old, or have 300 to 600 miles on them, it's time to look into a new pair.
Socks are next. Choose socks that are made out of a tech fabric that will wick away moisture to help avoid blisters and stinky feet. There are all kinds of running socks out there even ones that are specific for blister prevention (duel layer or toe socks). NO COTTON!
Be nice to your feet and they will be nice to you.
As for the rest of your body, you want something that is made of tech fabric that will wick away moisture. This will allow your body to be more comfortable no matter what the weather and will help lessen any chaffing you might encounter.
You don't have to spend a fortune for clothes. Look into ones at Target, Walmart, Kohls, Ross and other discount stores.
There are Spark articles that address this topic, also I wrote a blog that was originally titled for those aiming for a half marathon, but it translates into any "race" distance and will give you even more info on this subject. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
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