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Keep warm and carry on - the right running gear for winter

Keep warm and carry on - the right running gear for winter

Baby, it’s cold outside…but that’s no excuse to give up on your running. Running in the rain or snow can mean some challenges for your clothing. The right clothes mean that you can still enjoy your exercise. The wrong clothes will make it a miserable and even dangerous experience.

With the Cancer Research London Winter Run happening this Sunday in London and snow covering much of the UK, we thought it was time to take a look at what’s needed for winter running, with a retro playlist to match!

1.    FEELING HOT,HOT, HOT?

As you run, you’ll sweat. You need clothing that wicks away the sweat, which means no cotton. Synthetic fabrics such as polypropylene or any of the ‘technical’ fabrics are the best as they pull the sweat away from you. Silk also works if you can afford it.

2.    ‘THE WORLD IS JUST A GREAT BIG ONION’

So like an onion, dress in layers. You need that wicking layer, an insulating fleece and a windproof outer jacket. Legs are surprisingly good at staying warm, so one good pair of running leggings should do. Think about how to carry any layers that you shed; a well-fitting waist pack could be useful.

Keeping those extremities warm is also very important. A fleece hat and a good pair of fleece gloves should be an essential part of your running kit.

3.     SLIP SLIDING AWAY

Keep an eye on the grip on trainer soles; winter may be a good time for a new pair. There’s not much to be done to provide grip on ice, but grippy soles will help on wet grass and if there is snow on the ground.

4.     I CAN SEE FOR MILES AND MILES

Most importantly – see and be seen. Even if your run is on pavements you must be visible. Wear reflective gear and bright colours. Carrying a small torch is a good idea if your run is on country lanes.

They say there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes. So make sure you have the right clothes and enjoy your run.

 

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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