Decathlon gets my vote.
Winter running = Tights, any minging old T shirt and a gillet. generally don't bother with a hat unless it's literally freezing because you soon warm up, same with the gloves....i'm sure i look a bit of a tit in my man tights but so what.
One of the biggest mistakes i've come across over the years is people buying stuff because A. They think they need themB. They look good
There's some good advice in this thread, good luck.
I've just bought one of those jackets that turns in to a gillet - main reason being I don't always go running straight out of my front door/ gym and want the sleeves for the public transport bit. (it also cost only 25 pounds online reduced from 50 which seems to be par for the course for these jackets)
I started running in Jan - so possibly my experience is partly based on being slow but;
I can get cold within seconds of standing around but warm up when actually running. Tended to wear long trousers (may go for tights but not sure I'd want anyone I know outside running to see me in them), long sleeved base layer top (hang over from hiking) and possibly a hat.
Personally I like to look good on the basis I can guarantee I will bump into someone I know when I don't look good. (Its bad enough with the hair and red face)
concur with the statement that you shouldn't feel warm and cosy before the run - if you do you've got too much on. You'll soon heat up if you are putting a reasonable effort in.
I wear Adidas climalite tights which are the thinnest material. They give a reasonable amount of warmth but almost don't feel like you are wearing them, so they don't restrict your movement.
start fitness are great place to get a bargain. ebay also worth a look.
ebay always worries me because of false goods - i know i have just tarnished everyone there - but hey if there is only one i will be the sucker to buy it!!!!
Thanks for all the comments - i am thinkings tights, long sleeved top and a gillet. I may pick up some cheap thin gloves as i do hate it when my hands are cold but like everyone says you will soon warm up.
Rachel S - where did you pick up your gillet from?
Decathlon for me too! I've got a running waterproof from there and the sleeves zip off which is great for the slightly-cold but not freezing weather!
I'm a skint runner so I have what I consider to be the minimum - a warm hat (cold ears when running is bad!!), a baseball cap style hat (Decathlon, £3) thin gloves (same place, about £3) which are enough when I set off and thin enough to tuck down my tights when I've warmed up, a pair of ronhill tights, and a long seeved top. If it's really cold I just double up my running tops - I've got a sleeveless one, a t-shirt style one and a long sleeved one (all Decathlon for about a fiver each) and I just layer them according to the weather. Easy!
I don't really understand why anyone spends a fortune on branded running stuff - it just gets repeatedly sweaty and washed and then eventually binned. The only thing I spend money on is my shoes and socks.
Aldi specials again next week.
Be sure to get some of these : http://www.aldi.co.uk/uk/html/offers/58_7539.htm
Oooh fab - I need some new tights - Aldi here I come!
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