As the temperatures are coming down, the temptation to stop exercising and munch on all the carbs is overwhelming!
But for the first year in well, ever, I’m planning on keeping up my running over winter. As it’s the first time I’m running in this lovely British winter weather, I’ve had to buy more warm clothing, and thought I’d share some purchases with you, as well as suggestions for kit that you can buy.
One of the first things I bought was this headband from Sweaty Betty.
Fleece Earwarmer, £15, Sweaty Betty
It’s fleecy and warm and great for protecting your ears from the cold wind. I’ve found that it doesn’t block out a lot of noise, so you can wear this and still be quite aware of your surroundings and hear traffic around you. It’s very affordable, and the simple design is great for those put off by other headbands with big brand logos. Here are a few others head warmers:
Asics winter women’s headband, £14, Sweatshop
Adidas Essentials Corp Beanie, £10, Sweatshop
I’ve also invested in a few long-sleeved tops. I bought a Adidas Aktiv top, which I can’t find online anymore, but is similar to this running jacket. I love the bright colours which definitely cheer you up on a dark, long run. I have written previously about my love of well designed sports wear, as I think it puts you in the right mood to work out.
I also picked up a Nike top from their Factory store at the London Designer Outlet. I’ve worn this out in the evening when the temperatures have really dropped and it kept me really warm. You should head there if you’re looking for discounted, good quality gear.
Runner’s Need is also another one of my favourite stores. You can find lots of great winter gear there. I bought my shoes from there too, as they offer gait analysis and their staff seem to be very knowledgeable.
Nike Women’s Element Half Zip, £39.99, Runners Need
ASICS Men’s long sleeved top, £39.99, Runners Need
Gore Running Gloves, £19.99, Runners Need
I have Asics gloves, which do a great job of protecting your hands from the wind. My personal experience of gloves is that they don’t need to be fleecy to keep you warm. Look for ones with reflective strips or reflective logos on them for darker evenings, and gloves which are longer and more fitting around the waist to keep the wind out.
Everyone trains differently and needs different protection. Some people can still cope in a vest and shorts in cold weather, whereas some people really like to wrap up warm with layers. For myself, the headband and gloves were an essential purchase, as it’s never pleasant to deal with painful ears and a slight loss of hearing for a while when running in windy weather.
However, I’m quite happy to run in 3/4 length tights, and a long running tee is enough to keep the chill out. I’m still comfortable in just my vest during the day too. Sometimes it’s nice to feel the cool air on a hard run!
I do have a running jacket, but I find that I overheat quite quickly in it and become uncomfortable quite easily. You have to experiment with things to find the right thing for you.
Men’s Helly Hansen Jacket, £80
Women’s Roadrunner Jacket, £60, Adidas
Women’s Gore Windstopper Jacket, Asics, £95
So those are my winter running essentials. If you’ve experimented with base layers, or a seasoned pro when it comes to winter running, leave a comment below and tell us what you like to train in.
What’s in your winter running kit?