One of the great things about running is that it doesn't require a lot of stuff.
You see and hear that all the time, right? It's true enough, except that every time you turn around someone is explaining why you need a lot of stuff in order to run. Or, worse, not even bothering to explain. Just shoving a lot of products at you:
Oh, also, you need new shoes. Trust us on this one. They're guaranteed to fit. If they don't, bring 'em back.
(If you don’t get that joke, or if you just want a good laugh, click here and forward to around the 0:55 mark.)
Now, don't get Dumb Runner wrong. We understand that the right gear can make your running more enjoyable. We do not judge anyone who has a closet full of running shirts, shorts, jackets, and assorted gadgetry and gewgaws. And we're as excited as anyone by a brand-new pair of shoes or a cool-looking jacket.
But, come on. Let's all get a grip.
Dumb Runner's philosophy, when it comes to running gear, is simple:
If you need something, buy it – and don't skimp. Over time, cheap stuff winds up costing you more.
If you really want something, buy it. Emphasis on really.
Understand that nothing you buy is going to bring you lasting happiness. Or even necessarily make you a better runner.
Know that there exists an entire industry whose survival depends on convincing you otherwise.
For more on what gear you do need, how to choose it, how to use it, and so on, see our Gear FAQ.
You don't need much. When you do, emphasize quality over quantity.