November 1, 2011 | fashion

Winter Running Essentials

I see so many people wimp out on running when the weather turns a little chilly. Don’t be a punk! It’s all just about wearing the right kit. So I thought I’d put together a few of my favourites and show you how to still look fly even when Jack Frost is nipping at your nose.

The Basics

Do I run shirtless in winter? Do I heck, but I can never do a running kit post without reminding you of the importance of a sports bra. See it, buy it, wear it. Seriously ladies, look after your chesticles! I favour a compression style bra (I don’t have big tatas so these work well for me), but for more info on the type of bra that works for you, check out this post I did on sports bras.

Next, I cannot recommend Under Armour tops enough. It’s just polyester and elastane but manages to insulate while remaining breathable. It’s a wickable fabric too which basically means it doesn’t lock all the sweat in so you won’t feel like a hot, sweaty mess.

Leggings wise – Skins are my old favourite. Tried and tested. I’ve done a lot of miles in these bad boys. People often ask me if they should wear a heavier tracksuit bottom during the winter months. Short answer: no. Once you’re running, your body warms up and your legs feel fine. Funny how the human body works eh?!

OK, so is that first picture basically an excuse for me to remind you again that I just did a marathon? Basically, yeah. But also to show you the key to winter running is light layering. This (*ahem* exclusive Nike Women’s Marathon 2011) top is the same fabric makeup of the Under Armour one. It’s light, but also insulates while being breathable. I can wear this over a dri-fit vest or T Shirt out on a run and be just fine.

I don’t care who you are, you are not too cool to wear fluorescent. This is a winter running ESSENTIAL in every sense of the word. Don’t be the douchebag out running at night dressed head-to-toe in black. Newsflash: PEOPLE CAN’T SEE YOU! Seriously, let’s see how cool you are in an ambulance. For the next few months, if you’re running before or after work, you’ll be doing it in the dark. Make it easy on everybody by making yourself visible. My jacket is by Ronhill – lightweight, keeps the wind out and I can layer underneath.

Next we have the beauty of the Under Armour – it’s not bulky so you can still wear your favourite T Shirt over it, adding a little extra warmth and the cool factor. Yes, I had that T Shirt custom made. That’s how I roll.

These are my two favourite running accessories ever.

My number one winter running essential will always be eGLOVE. Don’t try to wear regular gloves when running – your hands will sweat clean off your body. These bad boys don’t make your hands all sweaty, but even better, those pads you see on the index finger and thumb tips mean you can use your touchscreen phone with them on. That’s right! No more glove removal! Genius, non? They also have grip, which comes in handy if you happen to slip and there’s a railing nearby (not that I’m speaking from experience or anything *ahem*) Aaannnddd, because the people at eGLOVE are so badass, they give my awesome readers 20% off – just enter BANGS20 at the checkout. Boom.

That lovely pink thing you see on my arm there is the Y-Fumble. Again, one of the best running accessories. It’s a right faff trying to figure out where to stash your phone, keys, cash etc for a run. Bumbags are awkward, the little pockets in leggings or tops are fiddly and things fall out, but the Y-Fumble, the Y-Fumble my friends is the answer to all your prayers. This arm band stays snug without strangling your bicep and you can fit a surprising amount in it. I usually stash my phone, keys, Oyster card, debit card, cash and a couple of energy gels in there. It doesn’t slip down (even when wearing it against bare, sweaty skin in summer) and nothing jingles around in there. Quite simply, awesome.

So there you have it – my faves. The key is in layering and staying visible. Happy winter running y’all!

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I love how you’re talking about staying warm and as I type, I’m looking at the photo of u in a leotard staring at me! Ha!

You know this post is right on time, you could make a fortune reading minds out here! Thanks so much. Just invested in some bits and was looking for gloves and ideas on a jacket. You’re magnificent.

Viva The Bangs xx


So helpful, have literally been scouring the Internet for winter running stuff wondering what to buy!


I have had a look on the UnderArmour website and there are quite a few different options for ladies long sleeved tops – which one do you prefer? thank you!


I have had a look on the UnderArmour website and there are quite a few different options for ladies long sleeved tops – which one do you prefer? thank you!

Bangs and a Bun

Hi Liz – The crew neck one I’m wearing in the pic is my fave. I also have the black compression mock top, which is really nice.


Thin layers are so important, and a lightweight hi-vis jacket is necessary.

I think I’ll be asking for a Y-Fumble for Christmas!


Fab recommendations. I definitely need a Y Fumble. Plus do you have a link for the Skins running tights?
I hate my ears getting cold when I’m running but I hate hats so I’m going to try out one of those head band things. Any tips on running head gear?


I love Under Armour too. I need to pick up some more winter running apparel right about now too.

Bangs and a Bun

Hi Kathleen! I just added the link for Skins (sorry, accidentally missed it off first time!). Headgear wise, I’m not too sure. I personally hate running with anything on my head. I think ask most of the heat escapes through your head, I just get terribly overheated wearing any kind of headgear! Sorry I can’t be much help in that department.

Ruby A

Awesome post, Bangs. I’ll be looking into those leggings and those gloves. I’ve seen them on you and as a touch-screen device lover they’re essential.

My Y-Fumble is my favourite can’t-do-without piece of running kit! Everything except small children and kitchen sinks get in them, and nothing gets out when you’re bouncing along on a run.

*full disclosure: I’m proud to say a good friend of mine is behind them, too! 🙂

The Jaded NYer

At first I thought I wouldn’t find anything useful in this post but alas…I take classes before & after the sun is out so good looking out on reminding me to wear bright colors on my way to my class AND the layering bit because I was struggling to figure out how to dress for class AND the wicked outdoors. Not to mention the Y Fumble thingamajiggy…MAMA WANT!


Hello! great post, I will check out said gloves and y-thingy. I would also add a hat or ear muffs to complete the look. I had a quick read of your sports bra post and one of the best bits of advice I ever got was to wear two, one with cups and one of the minimiser ones over it…I’m a 34E and this worked a treat.

Elsie Barley

Thank you for all the info – I shall get shopping! But ….what about shoes with all the leaves and mud making the ground slippery? And waterproof ones for in the rain or in the early morning when the grass is still wet? I hate running with wet socks but haven’t found anything right yet.


Hi Bangs!

Thanks for this post, I’ve just bought a y-fumble after getting chaffing for the 27000 time from my iPod holder.

The skins leggings you wear, are they the compression tights?


Bangs and a Bun

ELSIE – Hi there, thanks so much for the comment. I must say, I’ve never really found running to be that hazardous! I run a lot and have never needed to wear any special equipment for slippy leaves or mud. For me, it’s just a case of being careful. I run all through winter in the snow and what have you and have never had an accident. I believe there are some sort of spikes you can attach to your trainers but I’ve never tried them out so couldn’t really recommend them either way. As far as waterproof shoes go, I believe the new Nike Lunar Glides are waterproof, but again, I run in torrential rain and have never had a problem with really wet feet unless I go through a puddle, but either way, I finish the run and warm my feet on the radiator when I get home 😉

MEG – Hi, thanks for the comment. The skins are indeed compression tights – they’re a little pricey, coming in at £60 or so, but I’ve found them really great.


Thanks Bangs! I’ll give them a go. I’m normally a big fan of Nike’s tights, but I’m not so happy with the fit lately. Mx


Hi Bangs, would you mind telling me what size you have in the gloves? I live in the US and it will be some trouble to order them so just want to be sure I get the right size. Also, thanks for the running gear tips. I was running in the summer but have completely wimped out ever since the weather got cold. Thanks!

Bangs and a Bun

Hi Sam – mine are a medium. Enjoy your winter running! x


Round two of buying equipment – I was wondering, what size of the Y-Fumble do you have? Thanks 🙂

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