Running Clothing FAQs

What Should I Wear to Run in the Cold?

The key to running in the cold is layering. Remember, the body heats up quickly once you are moving, so if you’re wrapped up tightly, overheating can occur easily. Use layering to help regulate your body’s temperature.
Make sure your base layers are first on. A technical long sleeve base layer top will wick away sweat, to keep the skin dry, as well as preserve body heat in a second skin like fit.
Running tights also work to give that second skin feel, as well as retaining heat and bringing sweat wicking properties.
When it comes to a winter running jacket, windchill and water repellency also come into consideration. With the weather forecast in mind, alongside the cold temperatures, you will most likely want to consider wind and water resistance/waterproof technologies, features such as a high collar, tight cuffs and thumbholes to help keep the wind out, a foldaway hood, which maybe ideal for running in the rain and dry, down insulation or fleece linings to keep in heat, lightweight wears – also ideal for carrying/tying around your waist you should you want to remove your jacket – and breathability.

Runners Tip

When prepping for cold weather running, calculate your running temperature by adding 10 to 20 degrees to the outside temperature – all dependent on how swiftly your body heats up and cools down, how slow or fast you are running and how long you run for of course.

Brand Technology Info:

Nike Dri-FIT moves sweat away from the body and disperses it throughout your garment’s surface, allowing it to evaporate quickly. This is why clothing with these technologies are most effective when worn next to the skin, as a base layer or alone.

What Should I Wear to Run in the Rain?

Kitting yourself out for running in the rain isn't about more layers, it's about the correct layers to keep you dry.
The layer next to your body needs to be technical - so opt for a base layer top and shorts or tights that have been crafted to wick away moisture from the skin.
Invest in a running jacket that is both waterproof - as opposed to water resistant, which brings the lowest level of water protection and is not able to entirely resist water penetration, and water repellent, which repels water on contact due to a technical coating - and windproof, as well as breathable. To keep your jacket breathable, find one with ventilation.
Also of high importance here are technical running socks- vital to keep the feet both dry and cool to prevent rubbing and blisters - featuring moisture wicking properties, mesh ventilation panels and flat seams. Wear a cap to give your head and your face some protection from the rain.

Wear a cap to give your head and your face some protection from the rain.

Runners Tip

Avoid cotton clothing when running in the rain. Cotton soaks up water and will weigh you down.

Brand Technology Info:

New Balance ICE is incorporated in their garments and is a technology activated by sweat. Once triggered, sweat is wicked away from the skin, ensuring you are both dry and don't get cold during your run.

How Do I Stay Visible During Winter Running?

It is of high importance that you can always been seen by drivers and other road users, particularly when running in winter months. Therefore, be sure to increase your visibility as much as possible. Invest in and wear high visibility clothing – as well as brightly coloured clothing, such an neon colours and kit with reflective panelling. As well as high visibility vests, also available are jackets, leggings, t shirts and hats with such safety elements.
A blinking light can also be attached to clothing for extra luminosity – wear one front and back. If there is limited lighting on your route, a head torch can also be useful.

Runner's Tip:

Avoid going for a run at either dusk or dawn. This is when the visibility for drivers is the worst, due to a low sun.

What do I Need to Wear When Jogging in the Summer?

The key to dressing appropriately for running in hot weather is to dress to keep cool.
For summer running, choose lightweight and loose fitting clothing, avoiding cotton, as cotton absorbs moisture, making it heavy.
Brands including Nike, adidas, New Balance and Asics all incorporate sweat wicking – where moisture is pulled away from the skin – breathable and ventilating technologies within their clothing; including CLIMALITE, Dri-FIT and NB Dry.
Find running tops and t shirts for men here and for women here. Men’s running shorts can be found here and so can shorts for ladies. There's running tops for the kids here and bottoms too
Don’t forget a cap or hat to keep your face protected from the sun, as well as sunglasses and also, importantly, remember to keep hydrated. All running accessories available at Sports Direct, including headwear, water bottles and hydration packs, can be found here.

What Should I Wear to Run a Marathon?

Not only must you prep your body to run a marathon, in terms of stamina and endurance, but you must prep with the right attire too. Moisture wicking wears are essential. Here we run through what to wear to run a marathon in different conditions -

Runner's tip:

Wear in your race day clothing multiple times before the marathon to ensure you are comfortable and non-restricted in your choices and to avoid chaffing.

Find the comfort and support needed for running in a high support sports bra.

Find an extensive range here. Including those from USA Pro, Nike, adidas and Puma