Summer Running Clothing

hel032-layered-ss11As the days get longer and the temperatures begin to warm, the streets and trails are soon filled with runners of all levels, anxious to make the most of the weather. After a cold and dark winter, many runners enjoy the extra hours, both in the morning and evening, to get outdoors and get moving.

During the winter months, it is important to stay warm and visible, with special clothing and a variety of layers. In fact, this lack of daylight and the cold temperatures may cause some people to put off running until the temperatures warm.

However, just because the temperatures have risen, doesn’t mean that you can go out running in whatever shorts and T-shirt you have lying around. Improper clothing can be both uncomfortable and unhealthy. It is vital that you choose your clothing carefully. This way you will stay comfortable and be more likely to keep running, rather than getting frustrated and quitting.

Advice from and other online suppliers is that the most important element in running clothing is wicking. Wicking refers to a type of fabric that can draw moisture away from your body, moving it to the outside of the fabric to enable it to evaporate more quickly. You will still sweat, but you will feel cooler and more comfortable.

You might think that a lightweight cotton T-shirt would be just fine, but you’ll soon realize that that light cotton T-shirt becomes much heavier as it soaks up all of your sweat and clings to your body. Worst of all, it can lead to chafing, making you even more uncomfortable and causing real irritation to your skin.

If you’re a man, don’t think you can get away with running without a shirt. That can be just as bad for your skin. Your tan might be more even, but you greatly increase your risk of skin damage and even skin cancer. Always wear a shirt, and whether you’re a man or woman, use a water-resistant sunscreen. Your skin will thank you for it.

It’s not just your top that should be made of the sweat-wicking fabric. Your shorts should also be made of this material. Once again, it will help draw moisture away from your skin, keeping you cooler, but it also helps prevent chafing. Many running bottoms include mesh panels to help your skin breathe more easily and keep you cool.

When it comes to style, there are numerous options for both men and women, and many tops and bottoms include secure pockets for holding keys and other small items. For the lower half, there are traditional shorts, as well as longer ones in the style of bicycle shorts. Also available are capri bottoms and even running skirts and skorts (skirts with built-in shorts).

For the upper half, the options are numerous for men and women. There is the traditional T-shirt style, both loose and more form-fitting. Tank tops come in a variety of styles, with comfortable arm holes to avoid rubbing and chafing. There are also numerous racer-back styles of tops that give you free and easy movement. Many tops include mesh panels to further aid the wicking material, and women’s tank tops often include a built-in sports bra for added comfort.

The longer hours of light during the summer give runners more time to get outside and really enjoy their run. Being able to run early in the morning or later in the evening also helps you avoid running in the full heat of the day, but no matter what time you run, always make sure you choose the right clothing. This will allow you to focus on the enjoyment of your run and not have it needlessly marred by discomfort.

Choosing Running Clothes for Women

pea012-blue-giant-fr-ss10_8 Running is an easy way to stay in shape.  Although the sport should be a relatively cheap one, some people can go way overboard when it comes to buying running clothes – especially women. How can you get what you need and not break the bank?  Here are a few basic tips for choosing the right running clothes:


Know What You Need

When it comes to buying running clothes, there sure is a lot to choose from for today’s sporty woman.  To help keep costs down, try and stick to the basics:

A quality pair of running shoes – be sure to find a pair that fits snugly (not too snuggle) and is comfortable for your foot. There are a huge number of manufacturers and styles so do some research first about your gait before choosing for example Brooks Shoes uk wide availability.

  • Running Shorts
  • A Singlet ( a tank top designed for running that usually includes a supportive bra built in)
  • Short and long sleeve shirts (depending on the weather you will be running in)
  • A lightweight, breathable and waterproof jacket
  • Absorbent running socks
  • Reflective Gunning Gear – be sure that your clothes and jackets all provide drivers a good view during all kinds of weather
  • Optional: running hat, gloves, and more …

Now that you know what basic running clothes you will need, you may be wondering how to handle temperature extremes.  Depending on how hot or cold it is outside, your running outfit may change considerably.

Running in Hot Weather

When it comes to running in the summer (or hotter climates) one thing is certain – you’re going to sweat.  To help keep you more comfortable during your workout think about the types of fabrics you run in. There are plenty of manufacturers these days which specialize in producing clothing designed specifically to help cool the skin and keep runners more comfortable.

Mesh tops made from CoolMax Polyester are a good choice for keeping perspiration under control.  Able to actual wick sweat away from the body and to the outside of the fabric (where it can more easily evaporate), this type of fabric is a great choice for summer running shirts and shorts.

To keep your shorts from sticking to your legs and buttocks area during hot days, invest in a pair of shorts made of Supplex Nylon.  They are designed to keep the fabric from sticking to sweaty skin.

Running In the Cold

While running in the heat can be sweaty and uncomfortable, running in the cold presents its own challenges.  After all, you usually feel the coldest when you first start out and then get hotter and sweatier as you run along.  That’s why it is important to wear multiple layers. That way you can unzip and remove those outer layers as your body warms up.

But, how can you keep yourself warm without feeling overburdened by your clothing? Here are a few tips for covering your upper body:

Never wear more than three layers

  • Start with a Base layer next to your skin, wearing a fabric that is designed to wick perspiration away from the skin (avoid cotton!).
  • The middle layer should loosely fit over your base layer and be made of materials like Polartec, Thermax and fleece to help keep you warm without getting too warm. They are also good at keeping the sweat from dampening your skin and clothing.
  • A lightweight, breathable and waterproof jacket should be used for the final, outer layer.  Choose one made of microfiber for best results.

Covering Your Lower Body

In most winter temperatures (between 0-45 degrees), one layer on your legs is usually enough.  Of course, in extremely low temperatures, be sure to play it safe and wear two layers.  When the temperature is above 45 degrees, you can even consider wearing shorts, as long as you are comfortable.  Whether you wear short or long pants, be sure to choose fabrics such as microfiber, micromesh, lycra, CooMax, tactel or microfleece.

What About Your Hands and Feet?

To stay comfortable during a cold weather workout, always be sure to wear a hat. This will help keep the rest of your body warm enough.  Also, invest in a pair of moisture wicking socks.  No need to double up if you have these.  A good pair of running gloves is also a good idea in temperatures below 32 degrees.

Browse the pages of Runners World and you’ll find a feast for the eyes of running gear in every colour under the sun. But choosing the right running clothes isn’t just about fashion – it’s also about being comfortable and staying safe. Follow these basic guidelines when shopping and you will be sure to have exactly what you need when you hit the trail.


How to choose a winter running jacket

gor038-blue-giant-f-w10_8When the weather is cold and wet, it can be hard to push yourself to head outdoors for a run, no matter how much you enjoy running. If you are a new runner, this kind of miserable weather can cause you to give up the hobby before you really have time to develop a true love for it.

One way to get past the winter doldrums is to invest in a warm, comfortable, and convenient running jacket. When combined with the right layers of clothes, the elements become less of a hindrance.

There are numerous running jackets on the market, ranging in price, colour, style, and accessories. Each person will have their own preference, but there are certain factors that you should keep in mind when choosing a running jacket. The typical temperature and weather in your area will help you determine what is most important for you.

If you do your running in the morning or evening, or even simply on a cloudy, dark day, it is important that your running jacket have some sort of reflective material to make you more visible to motorists. In low-light conditions, it is sadly too easy for motorists to not see a runner until it is too late. Fortunately, reflective materials come in much more than bright yellow, so you can find something that is both safe and stylish.

Since you may find yourself running in wet or snowy weather, you will want to make sure your jacket is water resistant, so that moisture beads up and disperses. However, it is important that you choose water-resistant rather than waterproof. A waterproof jacket will limit necessary ventilation and breathability, as well as reduce flexibility.

Ventilation and body-heat recirculation is very important in a running jacket to prevent heat and moisture building up. Many jackets will feature some sort of ventilation system, such as a leak-proof vent or panel on the jacket. Another way that some jackets allow you to regulate your body heat is with a specially designed silver-fibre HVAC system in the collar.

A hood is generally considered unnecessary on a running jacket. Many runners find that hoods interfere with their peripheral vision, which can be dangerous. You may be better off with a separate hat or ear-warmer band. If you do choose a hood, find one that cinches easily so that the cold, wet air isn’t simply channelled inside the hood.

Although it may seem like a simple thing, large grips on zipper pulls can be quite handy, to say the least. When it is cold out and you are wearing running gloves, getting a good grip on a zipper can be difficult. The larger pull makes it easier to grab when wearing gloves. Another way to keep your hands warm without having to resort to gloves is through special hand warmer cuffs built into the jacket’s sleeves. Many jackets feature special cuffs that fold down over the hand and feature a thumb hole to keep the sleeve cuff in place.

Finally, you will probably want to find a jacket with one or two convenient pockets. You are bound to have keys and ID with you and you will want to be sure that they are secured and won’t fall out during your run. You may also have some sort of music device or phone with you, and many jackets now include special openings that allow the headphone wires to be placed inside the jacket, keeping them out of the way.

A good running jacket may seem like a costly investment at first, but with proper care, it can last you for years. You will be thankful for its features every time you can get outdoors and enjoy your run, no matter what the weather.