So you have all noticed the weather has turned and sunny, summer days have left us for another year. Just because summer and decent weather has gone does not mean your training should stop. Like most things in life, preparation is key! Today I am going to suggest 5 winter pieces of kit that will help you get out the door.
1. Running wind jacket
Let’s start off with an easy one but also the most important. Any winter runner must have a lightweight jacket that is water resistant (not proof!) and ventilated. This is not to keep the warmth in but let the sweat out. The first 5- 10 mins of a run will still be cold but the reason for ventilation is to stop your body becoming a sweat box. This is the reason why 100% waterproof jackets are not advisable. Combine this with a dry fit t-shirt underneath for a great combo.
Now my tip for running gloves is to look for some discounted running gloves online, but if you need something in the meantime then (worst comes to the worst) I suggest you use socks! Yes, use some thin socks that will at least keep the cold air off your skin. Your body diverts blood to important areas when you run and your fingers are not one of these important areas. Plus, your fingertips are far away from your heart, which means circulation is poor during a run. So, a pair of socks or thin running gloves will help this.
3. Running tights
This is a must in my opinion. Wearing a pair of running tights for the ladies is natural, but us men have to bite the bullet and just do it. Running tights really takes the edge off of those cold windy morning runs. There is also research that suggests that runners who wear tights avoid more injuries during the winter compared to those runners that wear short shorts. Makes sense to me. A temporary fix would be adding a thin layer of Vaseline to your legs on a really cold day.
4. Fluorescent tops
This is a simple health and safety suggestion, but it makes so much difference. Most winter gear now comes with reflective strips on tops and jackets. You will not lose any fashion points by being seen, so also look at fluorescent tops or at the very least a reflective white jacket or long sleeve tee. A black top is not helping anyone! If you are struggling with a black non-reflective jacket, can I suggest you put a white tee over the top of your jacket? There are also various tags and reflective bands you can buy online like you would do a bike. Be keen and be seen!
5. An extra pair of trainers
Why is this a winter tip? Well you are more likely to get soaking wet trainers in the winter. No one likes to put on wet trainers from a previous day. If you have two pairs of running shoes at least you give your trainers a chance to dry out in between runs. This will also prolong your trainer’s shelf life, as a trainer’s cushioning will recover during its rest day!
TIP FOR SMELLY TRAINERS
Put the shoes or the insoles in a zipper-lock plastic bag and place them in the freezer overnight. I know this sounds absolutely ridiculous and will probably start a big fight with your other half, but trust me when I say it works! The freezing temperatures will kill most odor-causing bacteria. Obviously you will have to defrost and dry your trainers in time for the next run, so give yourself enough time. Or start another fight by using the microwave (before I get any complaints, the microwave tip was a joke!).
There you have it. No excuse not to get out the door now!
Keep on running!
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