How to Dress for Running
Running is an extremely accessible sport; just grab a t-shirt, a pair of shorts and a pair of trainers and you can begin running right from your front door. However, dressing incorrectly can impact performance, reducing comfort and practicality. To combat this, we’ve created a guide to get the most out of your run so you can dress and perform optimally in the summer.
Think 15 minutes ahead
It’s only natural to look outside and dress for the weather. However, it’s important to consider how warm you’ll be 15 minutes into your run rather than how warm you are. It may mean you’ll be a little cold to start with, but give it a few minutes and you’ll surely warm up. If you want to be warm from the beginning of your session if it’s a short trip or you just hate being cold, a lightweight jacket or hoody is an ideal choice. If you get too warm, you can easily tie this around your waist or pop it into your running backpack. Otherwise, try some hats and gloves as they are easy to put into your pocket once you get moving.
Start with the base layers
It’s important to wear functional clothes, and this begins with underwear and base layers. Cotton fabrics absorb moisture which means you’ll quickly become cold and wet, so polyester underwear is an ideal choice. Polyester transports moisture from the skin and out through the garment, ultimately keeping you comfortable for longer.
Summer running requires garments that provide extra ventilation, meaning it’s important to do some research before choosing your clothing. A great choice for t-shirts or tank tops is to choose a garment crafted from a thin material with mesh panels. Enhanced ventilation is vital for efficient ventilation and moisture transport, and short or capri length shorts are an excellent choice for further ventilation and maximum freedom of movement. Compression garments are great for running, but the tightness of the designs may limit moisture transport or ventilation.
Don’t let the rain stop you from running. A rain jacket designed for running combines protection from the weather with efficient ventilation to keep you dry from both out and in. Tights are a great choice to put underneath shorts, allowing ventilation without keeping your legs too warm.
It’s vital that you’re visible on night runs or in low-light conditions, but this is often a great time to run once the weather has cooled down. Reflective garments such as CEP’s Night Tech range and Gore Running’s range are great choices for you to stand out in the dark.