How to dress for winter running

Many people will choose to keep fit after the new year and given that the weather will most likely be cold we thought we could run you through some essential clothing items to help keep you warm throughout your run.

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Head

Always wear a hat. Stay clear of the knitted ones relatives may give have given you for Christmas though. Hats should be made of lightweight technical fabrics to trap just the right amount of heat, but still keep your head dry.

Ears

If you are really anti-hat, at least wear a thermal headband. If you listen to music while you run, sometimes the cold air-flow between your earbuds can cause pain in your inner ear. Headbands are a great way to eliminate that. Headbands don’t need to be boring and practical looking – S’No Queen has created a range of ladies’ thermal headbands that are the perfect addition to your ski clothing collection. Available in a wide selection of colours and crusted in bling these thermal headbands are the perfect way to crown your head as you take on the slopes

Cheeks

Try to start your run into the wind and end it with the wind at your back. No one wants that chill attacking their sweaty face. Rub on Bodyglide or Vaseline pre-run to prevent frostbite.

Mouth

In weather 20 degrees or below, you may want to consider wrapping a scarf around your mouth or buying an active-wear facemask. The cold air can cause an extreme burning feeling in your throat and lungs. Don’t worry, you aren’t damaging your lungs. This happens because there is lack of humidity in the air during the winter, according to Fleet Feet Sports. That lack of humidity combined with probable dehydration irritates cells in your trachea. Wearing a scarf or mask increases the humidity of the air you are breathing—and reduces that burn.

Upper body

To plan your running attire, dress as if it is 10 to 20 degrees warmer than the actual temperature outside. For example, if it’s 30 degrees, you’ll probably want to take a look at our designer thermal crew necks take a peep at our Flouro Pink top, or for something classic and understated try our Diamonds and Pearls Crew Neck. Look your out on your run in our pretty thermals.

Hands

Your hands are the first parts to get cold on a run, so keep the blood flowing by clenching and unclenching your fists during your run. Gloves made of technical material are a must to keep your hands dry. Touchscreen gloves even let you operate your smartphone which as especially useful if you are intending to use your phone to listen to music whilst you run.

Lower body

Same rule of dressing for temperatures 10–20 degrees warmer still applies here. Our selection of leggings allows you full versatility when it comes to your winter wardrobe. All of our ladies thermal leggings come frosted in bling and even feature fun detailing such as pearls and crowns! This way you can still sparkle whilst you sweat.

Feet

Choosing your footwear will depend on the weather. If it is cold and dry, wear thick athletic socks to keep your feet warm and wick away wetness. If it is cold and wet, however, try to choose shoes with the least amount of mesh, to keep warmth in and slush out. If you’re still concerned about wet feet, put your stocking feet in plastic bags and then put on your running shoes. If your shoes still get wet, make sure you have another pair, and rotate between the two every day. Give one pair the chance to dry out completely. Stuffing your shoes with dry newspaper helps to soak up the moisture.

After your run

Change out of all your wet clothes immediately (that goes for sports bras, too). If your hair is wet, either grab your blowdryer or put on a dry hat.

Hydration is important regardless of the season, but drink something warm in colder weather. According to Runner’s World, a study suggests that post-run drinks with caffeine and carbs rebuilt glycogen stores by 66 percent more than those with only carbs. So grab a coffee and enjoy that post-run buzz