Ah, the beauty of winter – where mornings are darker, days are shorter and the weather is colder. Mustering up the motivation to head out of the door for a 5am run can therefore be neigh on impossible to achieve and in these conditions, who can blame you? It’s time to buckle up because your lack of motivation shouldn’t even come onto your radar if you’re kitted out properly. So, from headphones to hand-warmers, here’s your essential winter running guide:
The right jacket
When it comes to running, there are few pieces of kit that are worth investing in like the perfect jacket. You need to find something durable; a piece that will last you for years and that you’ll thank your lucky stars for when your alarm goes off. Look no further than this Shield Storm-FIT jacket from Nike, a piece designed solely for unpredictable weather conditions and one that’s as stylish as it is functional.
The essential neck warmer
Granted, this isn’t the best looking bit of kit out there but you’ll thank us for this when the freezing wind is no longer breathing down your neck. Cold winds down your next and back is a sure fire way to end up with stiff muscles and joints and functional pieces of clothing such as this are a guaranteed way to avoid that.
A decent pair of headphones
Let music help you stay sane on those early mornings and late nights, and stay stylish with one of the most coveted pair of sports headphones out there. The beauty of these is that they’re built for outdoor activities, so they’re sweat-proof and have on-the-go controls that you just can’t beat.
A good pair of gloves
Cold hands are something that no gentleman should have to be subject to, particularly when there are so many incredible options available. Go for a pair of durable and reflective gloves that’ll help you stay exposed, even if you’re out there before the sun comes up: this pair from Nike are designed specifically for challenging conditions.
Trainers are the most important part of your running kit to get right. Without sounding like your mother, wearing a worn-out, old pair of trainers is going to do nothing for you except cause you pain and injury, hindering your progress altogether. Once you’ve got functionality out the way, ensure that you go for something stylistically on-point such as this pair from Asics. The shoe is sturdy and durable and the reflective, neon trimmings are perfect for those cold, winter runs.
One of the greatest pieces of advice we can share with other runners is to wear compression leggings underneath shorts. Not only are these guaranteed to keep you warm, but they are also the easiest way to avoid injury. With this pair, the calves and quads are injected with a special silicon technology that will offer targeted support and reduce muscle vibration during intense runs.
A stylish pair of shorts
No gentleman should ever go to the gym in leggings and leggings alone, but you should know that by now. Wear these on top of your compression leggings and stay warm and stylish at the same time. Made with Nike’s famed DRI-Fit technology to repel sweat and Hydra Void technology is used to ensure that the cloth is durable and water repellent.