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Winter Running Gear: 10 Essentials For Dark Nights, Chilly Mornings

Winter Running Gear: 10 Essentials For Dark Nights, Chilly Mornings

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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. 

 

Winter Running Gear: 10 Essentials For Dark Nights, Chilly Mornings

 

Running Gilet

A slim cut gilet winterizes base layers. This one's water repellent with plenty of pockets for stashing keys, cash and energy balls.

Winter Running Gear: 10 Essentials For Dark Nights, Chilly Mornings

Run Padded Gilet, £129.95, Adidas by Stella McCartney

 

Phone/keys/bankcard storage 

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. 

Winter Running Gear: 10 Essentials For Dark Nights, Chilly Mornings

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.

Winter Running Gear: 10 Essentials For Dark Nights, Chilly Mornings

 

Running Gloves

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 Gear: 10 Essentials For Dark Nights, Chilly Mornings

 

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. 

 

Running Headband

That ache you get from cold ears? The absolute worst. Ensure you're protected from icy winds with this ponytail-friendly headband.

Winter Running Gear: 10 Essentials For Dark Nights, Chilly Mornings

 

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. 

Winter Running Gear: 10 Essentials For Dark Nights, Chilly Mornings

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.

Winter Running Gear: 10 Essentials For Dark Nights, Chilly Mornings

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.

Winter Running Gear: 10 Essentials For Dark Nights, Chilly Mornings

 

Feeling inspired to put in some mileage? Check out 's round up of the Best Running Shoes for Women

 

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