WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO RUN IN WINTER?

There's no reason to stop running just because it's cold! The right equipment makes all the difference to help you enjoy your wintertime runs.Here are our tips for keeping out the cold and making winter runs more enjoyable.

USE THE THREE-LAYER TECHNIQUE

It isn't necessarily a good idea to wear extra-thick clothes for running, as these may compromise your comfort. Instead, use the famous three-layer system to provide better insulation against the cold while you run:

 

1. First layer: breathability

This first layer of clothing allows you to trap warmth using a skintight and breathable technical textile. If you wear a cotton T-shirt, it won't sufficiently wick away perspiration and will stay damp against your skin, making you feel chilly throughout your run. Instead, choose a short or long-sleeved polyester T-shirt, which should be quite thin, light and ventilated. Second skin clothing is a great idea if you're particularly sensitive to the cold, especially as these garments are generally seamless and thus prevent chafing. This first layer should be so comfortable during your run that you forget you are wearing it!

 

2. Second layer: insulation

The equally important second layer of your running outfit should provide insulation against the cold, but should also be breathable to keep you dry throughout your run. Depending on how sensitive you are to the cold, and the weather conditions, this could be a long-sleeved T-shirt with a roll neck or lined with fleece. Choose a technical textile that feels comfortable and warm to wear while you run.

 

3. Third layer: protection

Finally, to protect you against the rain, wind, or even the snow, equip yourself with a lightweight, yet technical jacket that will brave the elements so you don't have to! Remember to choose one with handy pockets for your keys or smartphone. Also, make sure you choose a compact jacket that can be easily stored away if you get too hot while you run.

 

PROTECT YOUR BODY'S EXTREMITIES

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Your extremities will be the first part of your body to feel the cold: head, neck, hands and feet. In fact, 70% of heat loss comes from these sensitive areas.

Gloves, hat, thick socks and neckband: make sure you cover up to avoid getting cold while you run. Be careful you don't choose overly thick accessories, which could leave you feeling uncomfortable and make you too hot while you run. Again, remember that technical textiles will wick away perspiration, thus preventing dampness and chills.

 

WHAT ABOUT MY LEGS?

It comes down to personal choice… Your legs won't be the first part of your body to succumb to the cold, and some runners even manage to run in shorts all year round!

For those who particularly feel the cold, opt for thick running tights or leggings with a fleece liner. This is the best option for protecting you from the cold while you train.

That's it for our winter running essentials! As long as you are properly equipped, the cold shouldn't stop you running, especially as you will warm up after only a few strides. Don't overdress when you go out in case you get too hot too quickly. And don't forget, the cold weather is a good excuse to enjoy some comfort food when you get back...

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