Winter Is Here…What Should I Wear?

Make sure you’ve got the right kit and the right shoes!

After one very hot summer here in the UK, winter has well and truly arrived and I’m now definitely noticing the cold chill on my hands during my run – time to dig out the gloves and winter kit!

Correct kit creates confidence

Many people may try to ‘make do’ when it’s chucking it down, slippery or blowing a gale force wind outside but I really would suggest investing in some quality winter running kit – and let’s be honest, overall running is inexpensive in comparison to other sports. Base layers, long tights, a visible running jacket or gillet, running specific gloves, hats and headbands are a must. Be safe, be seen and be warm this winter. High viz clothing is an essential and feeling confident that you can be seen makes the whole run or session safer and more enjoyable.

Saucony, title partner of the Cambridge Half Marathon have a fantastic range of winter running kit to get you prepared whatever the weather! Check out their clothing range here.

Layer up…within reason!

Layer up sensibly with a quality wicking base layer and then allow the first 10 minute warm up section of your run to do its job and warm your core temperature. This will make the run tolerable and comfortable as long as you keep moving! With a wardrobe stuffed full of appropriate kit, there are no excuses when you look out of the window in dismay. Remember – there is no such thing as the wrong weather… just the wrong clothes!

Just as you have done all year round, make sure your footwear is still coping well, and avoid going into winter training with old trainers that have lost support. We suggest investing in a new pair of trainers every 300-500 miles and another gait analysis is always a good idea to make sure you’re ahead of the game and in the best shoe to suit you.

Cope with the wet, muddy or frosty conditions underfoot by investing in a trail shoe – consider Saucony’s Xodus ISO 3. The better grip and support will continue to make your usual park and trail routes achievable and enjoyable, rather than having to stick to the road to avoid muddy ground.

Good luck and happy training!
Nick Anderson and The Running With Us team