Some celebri­ties from the Chi­nese main­land, Hong Kong and Tai­wan up­date their Weibo very of­ten with pic­tures show­ing them jog­ging in the night or par­tic­i­pat­ing in lo­cal or over­seas com­pe­ti­tions. This may be a rea­son why the pas­sion for jog­ging has spread

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Jog­gers say the prac­tice is a method of self-su­per­vi­sion and is in­spir­ing to be­gin­ners.

“When I started evening runs ear­lier last year, I took pic­tures of the land­marks on my run­ning route as well as my­self be­fore and af­ter be­ing drenched in sweat and up­loaded them on WeChat. My friends clicked ‘ like’ and I felt it was a way to mo­ti­vate my­self to keep run­ning,” said Shao Feng, 31.

Some ap­pli­ca­tions on mo­bile phones, de­signed to help jog­gers cal­cu­late mileage and speed, also make it eas­ier to share these de­tails online.

The Nike+Run­ning app, for ex­am­ple, uses GPS to cal­cu­late the length of the route, run­ning speed and the num­ber of calo­ries burnt dur­ing the run.

“We can also see the re­cent rank­ings of my friends. That’s in­ter­est­ing and makes run­ning com­pet­i­tive,” Shao said.

Many also men­tioned that fancy sports­wear is a must. Some pur­chase a pair of jog­ging shoes worth more than 1,000 yuan ($160) a month and some head to Hong Kong for cer­tain lim­ited edi­tion run­ning gad­gets.

“Col­lect­ing run­ning equip­ment is my hobby and keeps the sport re­fresh­ing to me,” said Yan, who has run­ning shoes from al­most all the big­gest sport­ing brands.

Yan also dresses up ap­pro­pri­ately for run­ning. “I want to show that pretty girls can also be won­der­ful run­ners and the sport be­longs to ev­ery­one, not only those who aim to lose weight or have a bet­ter body shape,” she said.

But pro­fes­sion­al­ism is a pri­or­ity when it comes to shoes. Al­most ev­ery jog­ger does re­search us­ing web­sites which pro­vide eval­u­a­tions of shoes ac­cord­ing to a run­ner’s height, weight, shape of feet and their run­ning gait — how the feet land on the ground — be­fore choos­ing their first pair of jog­ging shoes.

Some sports brands let run­ners add de­sign el­e­ments to their own shoes, such as hav­ing their names or a par­tic­u­lar pat­tern em­broi­dered. This is pop­u­lar among run­ners, es­pe­cially women. Men pay more at­ten­tion to the per­for­mance of the run­ning gad­gets, say some am­a­teur jog­gers.

Jiang Ji­awei, a 27-year-old bank clerk who runs three morn­ings a week, said one of his run­ning bud­dies has seven sports bot­tles ow­ing to his pick­i­ness about their size and weight.

“He wants to feel the bot­tle as lit­tle as pos­si­ble when it is at­tached to him while run­ning but its wa­ter ca­pac­ity must be enough for him to run 15 km,” he said.

Sports watches are also a must for jog­ging pros as mo­bile phone ap­pli­ca­tions for en­try-level run­ners don’t cut it for them any­more.

“The pro­fes­sional watches show the fre­quency of their run­ning steps and the change of heart rates so that they can fig­ure out if they still have any room to speed up,” Jiang said. Con­tact the writer at zhouwent­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Run­ning is the ex­er­cise of choice for many city slick­ers lim­ited by space and time.

Yan Wen, em­ployee at an in­ter­na­tional com­pany in Shang­hai

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