As we slip into that 'transition' between summer and autumn, getting your running kit right can become a little…challenging.
Here in the UK, the weather is unpredictable at the best of times. If you run in the morning, there's a real nip in the air but it can quickly warm up. Sunshine can rapidly turn to cloud and then rain.
Thankfully, modern fabric technologies and clever design mean that you can keep on running in comfort whatever the weather brings, without carrying lots of bulky accessories.
We asked Wiggle runners what their essentials are.
The challenge here is to protect yourself from the elements without overheating.
Senior Digital Lead Trystan Colwyn-Thomas is training for the Great South Run. With a new baby to fit his runs around he needs to be ready to go whatever the weather.
'I’ve learnt the hard way - you need a decent running top! The dhb Long Sleeve is breathable, lightweight & keeps your arms covered. Thumb holes are brilliant here. It keeps me feeling fresh and keeps me warm during light rain runs & wind weather.'
Logistics analyst Berny Breen is also a fan - at six foot tall he finds that some running tops are too short and let drafts in but the dhb one is just right.
On warmer days when you don't need sleeves, a technical running-specific t-shirt is much more comfortable than a regular cotton one. Look for quick-drying fabrics that are designed to wick moisture. If you get sweaty or it suddenly rains, you'll be a lot warmer. The Under Armour Streaker tee has been cut specifically for runners, allowing a range of movement.
Shorts or tights?
It's a matter of personal preference, but if you're reluctant to say goodbye to shorts season, we understand.
'I’m not a huge fan of tights,' admits Buying Manager Martin McKinlay. 'I'm currently training in the Reebok 2-in-1 shorts because they offer support and comfort, as well as an additional layer of warmth.
Trystan's also a fan of 2-in-1 shorts and loves the dhb ones. ' If it’s raining or I’m running early morning, the compression inner liner keeps my legs warm. Plus, it supports my thighs. You really notice the effect after 5km. The key pocket is another great feature to save unnecessary faffing.'
For longer or higher intensity runs, the Under Armour Speedpocket Swyfts are made with fast-drying UA microthread technology and feature an internal mesh brief and mesh side panels for breathability. Senior UX Designer Mike Daniels loves the roomy phone pocket which he uses to stash his energy gels.
If you are more of a trousers person, Berny recommends the Ronhill Classic Tracksters - he's been wearing the various incarnations of this style since the 1980s! 'They take the edge off a chilly morning without being a compression fit.'
Don't suffer if it's cold
'Sometimes, trying to man up with just a t-shirt is just not enough!' Trystan advised. 'Early morning/late evening runs need a hoodie. The adidas Response hoodie is super-comfy, fits well and draws moisture away from the body.'
Mike is a fan of the Gore Wear R3 Active Jacket on colder mornings. It's light-weight, breathable, waterproof and windproof so you can face whatever the weather throws at you. The bright yellow colour will ensure you're spotted by other road users.
Martin McCready from our Goods In team runs year round and told us he loves his early morning runs but gloves are a must otherwise he feels his fingers will drop off in the cold. He also makes sure he wears a beanie – a quick win to minimise heat-loss from the top of the head.
Watch your step
On those lovely crisp mornings the ground can be damp and dewy. Leaf-fall combined with wet conditions means that surfaces can become slippery. You may need a shoe with a bit more grip than what you were wearing over the summer.
Martin McKinlay swears by the adidas SolarBoosts. 'They help me eat up the winter miles due to their amazing boost cushioning. They’re incredibly comfortable, light and the Continental rubber keeps you upright when things get wet.
Make yourself visible
If you're running before or after work, you've probably noticed the dwindling daylight hours. Look for garments and accessories in hi-viz colours or featuring reflective elements. Dhb Flashlight combines high-performance fabrics with reflective elements and 'look at me' colours so you'll stand out in the park or on the roads. Having reflective detail on moving parts of the body helps others to identify you as human. The dots on the dhb Flashlight Run Tights are in the perfect place to get you seen.
The Asics Liteshow range also uses strategically placed reflective elements. Mike's favorite piece in the range is the long sleeved top because it's lightweight but still warm and the underarm ventilation prevents overheating.