Brrrr, it’s definitely more than a bit nippy out – but don’t let that put you off getting out there and clocking some miles.
Winter running is a great way to blow out any lingering post-Christmas cobwebs, and deciding what to wear to beat back the cold (without restricting movement) is actually very easy as long as you follow a few simple steps.
‘A few years ago we ran across the Ukraine in -10 degrees. We learnt that the secret to staying warm in ice-cold conditions is layering up your clothing properly. This means a really good baselayer to improve heat retention.’
So with that sound advice in mind, we’ve taken a look at some of the best buys out there to help layer up for your winter run – from the great British high street to professional running brands, there really are some fantastic pieces out there to keep you cosy.
So no more excuses. Sync that playlist and get those buns out the door….
It’s fantastic how high street retailers such as H&M are now catering to runner’s needs, and we’re loving these wool-blend base layer tights – a snip at under £20. As Tom says, a good base layer will help retain heat without being too cumbersome.
Keeping your head and ears warm is super important when winter running, as the cold air can sometimes lead to inner ear pain – a cause of major discomfort when training for any sort of long distance event. There is also the theory that we lose a lot of our body warmth through our heads, so a nice cosy hat will help dispell any unecessary heat loss. This cap from professional running outfitters Saucony even has a handy hole for your ponytail.
A great hoodie will help whip away any nasty chills, and these two pieces an be worn seperately or together for extra warmth. The Nike hoodie is made from super stretchy Dri-FIT fabric that maintains optimal temperature during cold-weather workouts, and also features cute thumbholes to help protect your hands from the cold.
And finally, we cannot emphasise enough how important your feet are as a runner. It 100% goes without saying. So, when running in the cold, these Merino Wool Feetures socks are the perfect way to pimp those footsies. Made from a unique blend of super fine Merino wool and rayon from bamboo, these clever socks offer great insulation and maximum comfort. And for those looking to go the extra mile, the Orthopaedic footwear specialists SOLE have created these clever Insulated Response Footbeds – you heat them up before popping them in your runners. Brilliant!