Many moons ago, I ran on treadmills and treadmills only. Once I transitioned to outdoor running for the good weather, I figured when it got wet, cold and chilly that I would have to head back indoors. I soon came to realise that there is no such thing as bad weather…
In the right gear, you can still get out and run…and enjoy yourself!
Here are my tips for layering up this Autumn / Winter from top to toe:
Long Sleeved Top
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– with thumbholes
Personally, this is my most crucial piece of kit. It’s my mid layer in winter and outer layer in the autumn / spring. Thumbholes are a must as they keep your sleeves in place and keep the cold breeze out. A sweat wicking, fast drying fabric is important to keep you comfortable, warm and dry.
lululemon run:swiftly long sleeved – Beki
UnderArmour ColdGear Compression Mock long sleeve tops for when it’s really cold – Alexa
Long sleeved tops that have a half zip are great – means you can unzip and get some air to the chest when you start getting hot – Leah
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- with thumbholes
- ventilation zippers
- showerproof / waterproof
If you are gonna be out there no matter the weather then a jacket is a must! If you get hot easily, a thin waterproof jacket may work for you. If like me, you hate being cold, then something a with a little more substance will come in handy. It’s sometimes hard to remember that even though you may be cold as you step out the door, once you get moving you’ll start to warm up quickly!
Ronhill Vizion Photon – great for evening runs, lightweight but waterproof and has a cool flashing light on the back to make sure you’re definitely seen! – Beki
A windbreaker really is a game changer, I’ve got a Saucony vizipro one. So much warmer immediately. Then layer it up depending on how cold it is. – Mari
- full length / cropped
- brushed fabric (internally)
As with the rest of your kit, you want your pants to keep you warm but be breathable at the same time. Sweat wicking fabric will remove the sweat from your body quickly and disperse it. This help you from getting cold if you slow down. Look for extra details like reflective panels / trims to keep you visible in low light.
- Neck warmer
For me, ear warmers are a must; as long as my ears are warm I can usually cope! If I’m run commuting I like to have as many reflective items as possible with my bag being the number one. You can also purchase rucksack covers which keep your bag dry if it rains and usually come with reflective panelling. They are versatile if you have different bags.
A buff is great because you can wear it around your neck, pull it up to cover your face and nose, or use it as a full hat or just a headband. Very versatile for winter. – Leah
I am a big fan of the thick headband – covers your ears to keep them warm, and doubles up as a sweat catcher/ fringe securer/ earbud holder too – Leah
But, if all all fails…I’ve been told “run faster…that’ll warm you up”!
See you on the London Winter Run start line!