Updated: Oct 19
Advice for braving the elements and exercising whatever the weather.
Cold/wet weather doesn't have to put an end to your outdoor training. In autumn/winter it takes a little planning to make sure you're dressed comfortably so you can enjoy rather than endure your session:
1. Wear base layers and tuck them in. Remember you can always take layers off if you get too warm, but can't put on what you haven't taken with you. If it’s below freezing, you are going to want to wear two base layers. Make sure they are made from a moisture-wicking fabric, not cotton as it's slow to dry.
2. Cover your hands. If you’ve ever been out on a run when your hands get cold and stop functioning properly, then you know the importance of protecting them from the elements. A thin pair of gloves for the cold is generally sufficient, but if its belting down with rain then its worth considering a waterproof alternative.
3. Wear Waterproof Trainers. Dry feet = happy feet. These days you can purchase a pair of gore-tex® or similar waterproof trainers, or approach shoes for approx £50. These really are the bee's knees - if you avoid the puddles.
4. Wear the right jacket. Insulation and breathability are important. While a windproof outer shell is sometimes necessary in unusually frigid temps, for milder weather the right combination of breathability and insulation is vital.
5. Cover your head. Consider wearing either a hat, a buff or ear warmers to keep your noggin warm.
6. Find the right leggings. Below 5 °C or single-digit temperature call for full-length if not fleece-lined tights. As an alternative or personal preference you may even consider a second loose-fitting pair of running tights over the top.
7. Take a towel. You'll probably need it!
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