Winter Running Gear: 10 Essentials For Dark Nights, Chilly Mornings
It's that time of year again when training in wet, windy, dark conditions is inescapable. Retire the vest tops until next year and whip out your winter running gear instead.
Although running in daylight might be a distant memory, your training schedule definitely isn't, so winter running gear that keeps you dry, warm and comfortable is of prime importance.
'Wind-chilled pins and numb fingertips are totally fine,' said no runner, .
Thankfully, there's plenty of winter running gear to invest in now that'll keep you looking cool and feeling warm mile after mile. Check out 's round-up of fit winter running kit and make your training during the colder months a breeze. Well, sort of.
Long Running Roll neck
A long sleeve top that feels like wearing a scarf without wearing one? It's called a turtleneck top and your winter running gear saviour. Invest in fabrics designed to wick sweat and you won't overheat.
A slim cut gilet winterizes base layers. This one's water repellent with plenty of pockets for stashing keys, cash and energy balls.
Run Padded Gilet, £129.95, Adidas by Stella McCartney
Running with your phone in your hand can change your movement patterns, which could cause shoulder pain. Plus, no-one likes a runner who can't see where they're going because they're on Instagram during a 5KM. Instead, zip away your phone/cash cards. This one can be worn under your top too.
Nike Running Waist pack, £16.95, Nike.com
Thermal Running Leggings
A winter running gear essential: help regulate your body temperature by choosing Lycra cut for cold days. Thanks to the reflective trim, you'll also stay visible while training in the dark. Win.
Sure, over £50 for a pair of gloves isn't the most purse-friendly, but the material of these repels drizzle and stops fingers from going numb. Plus, they're touch-screen compatibie, so you can access Google Maps without whipping them off.
Winter Running Jacket
A waterproof running jacket that's light keeps you warm? We've found it. Use the ribbed cuffs to stop the sleeves riding up and zip to the neck to stop drafts down your back.
That ache you get from cold ears? The absolute worst. Ensure you're protected from icy winds with this ponytail-friendly headband.
Long Run Long Sleeve Top
You need a techy long sleeve in your winter running gear kit, fact. Wear when it's too cold for a t-shirt but too hot for a coat. This is Under Armour's smartest baselayer yet, as it uses ColdGear® Reactor in the fabric so you don't overheat.
Cold Gear Long Sleeve, £50, UnderArmour.co.uk
Winter Running Trainers
A change in season is definitely an excuse for new running trainers, right? Take on puddles with the splash-resistant primeknit of the Ultraboost All Terrain trainer, which also has a tough sole that prevents slipping on icy roads.Totally worth the price tag.
Ultraboost X All Terrain Shoes, £169.95, Adidas
Compression Guards for Running
'How much difference can a sock make?', we hear you say. According to 's run club, a lot. But choose guards if you find a full sock too tight. These reduce vibration on your muscles and help lessen the chance of painful shin splints.
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