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What To Wear Running

Getting into running can be tough, but once you get into it, it's amazing - we promise! If you're up to it, one of the first things you'll need to work out is what to wear running. You'll need the right clothing, footwear and accessories that helps you on your way while also ensuring you look your confident best too. The key is often to stay cool during most of the year, however waterproof and thermal running clothes come in handy during the winter.

The most obvious thing you need to buy is a running top or vest. You should choose a well-fitted top that is crafted with sweat-wicking materials and breathable panels - essential for staying cool and not feeling as sweaty during your run. It's a good idea to have several running tops in your rotation, including a couple of running vests for when the weather is really scorching, while a top or two that have reflective elements will be useful for night-time runs. Avoid wearing cotton t-shirts where possible, these will become very heavy with sweat. Women must also remember a high-impact sports bra, which will provide you with ample support for all high-intensity workouts - like running.

Next, let's think about your bottom half. The most popular pick is, of course, running shorts, but you may find you prefer running tights or leggings instead. Like with your top, look out for shorts and tights that are made with breathable, stretchy and moisture-wicking fabrics. You can also choose between different lengths of running shorts, depending on your preference and speed, plus 2-in-1 running shorts are very popular as the inner lining aids comfort and prevents chafing.

Other running clothing items to consider are jackets and base layers. A simple shorts and top combo is sound for the hot weather, but jackets and base layers come in use later in the year. We recommend purchasing a waterproof running jacket because it can be demotivating getting really wet when the rain catches you out, and you should ensure you're visible with some hi-viz elements to your jacket too. Base layers, meanwhile, work to regulate your body temperature and are actually useful all year round, not just as an extra winter layer.

Another element of considering what to wear running is your running shoes. Everyone's needs are different here, with different gaits and pronation coming into play, while different shoes are suitable for different surfaces, weather conditions and run lengths. We recommend thorough research before deciding on your running shoes, paying close attention to cushioning, support, underfoot grip, upper material and shape.

Now, let's accessorise your run. Purchase running gloves and hats to stay warm, running earphones and phone armbands to stay entertained and a running water bottle or hydration pack to stay hydrated. You can also pick up running belts or backpacks to store any essentials easily, while reflective bands or head torches also prove popular during the colder months.