If you’re looking to start running, or are eager to take your current workout to the next level, there are multiple things to consider before you start. Whether it’s the route you’ll be taking during your workout, planning which organised events you’ll want to participate in further on down the line, or considering if you’re in need of a motivating running partner, there are plenty of important points to think about when looking to commit to this sport. Amongst these considerations, however, the question of what you're going to wear for your run stands out as particularly important, and shouldn’t go unanswered. Although it might seem like a minor point that only requires a small amount of planning, once you start running, getting out of breath and working up a sweat, you’ll soon realise how important it is to wear the correct gear.
From searching for running clothes that will last, to finding gear designed with a suitable fabric that keeps you cool and is appropriate for all weather conditions, finding the correct workout attire is no easy task. However, to make your decision easier, we’ve compiled this useful guide that shows you the most appropriate sports gear to wear for a run. We’ve also included what not to wear, which should give you full confidence that you’re prepared with the appropriate clothing for even the toughest eventualities, including heavy rain, extreme heat and long-distance runs.
What to wear when running
When you first start running, it can be challenging to know what gear to look out for, no matter whether you’re going to the shops or browsing online. After all, you’ll want to be prepared for all terrains, weather conditions and temperatures. As well as this, it’s important to ensure that the material you’ll be wearing is going to comfortably see you through all your running endeavours.
To make preparing for your first run a breeze, we’ve compiled a list of the features you should be looking out for when choosing suitable running clothes:
What should you not wear when running?
From sweat-wicking fabric to workout clothes that fit comfortably, the properties listed above provide a general idea of what to look out for when searching for suitable running attire.
However, to make sure that you’re on the right track, we’ve also included a list of what you shouldn’t wear when running. Although some of these may seem obvious, going for what you’ve already got in your wardrobe, rather than purchasing more appropriate workout clothes, can be an easy mistake for beginners’ to make, so it’s important to make sure you know what to avoid.
What should a beginner runner wear?
If you’re new to running, it’s likely that you’ll just be getting to grips with the sport, so it’s important to find clothes that you’ll feel comfortable in. This will help you focus on your run while staying cool, without being distracted by your clothing. However, with what seems like an endless amount of running clothes on the market, we’ve decided to cut these down to a few Avec Sport essentials that we believe will enhance your workout, and will leave you feeling fulfilled, so browse through the list of our running clothes below, and find gear you’ll love. From brighter to darker colorways, all our running clothes are available in a number of smart, appealing hues.
Our women’s classic jersey and focus classic jersey for men both feature a durable, sweat wicking material. Designed to prevent the build up of sweat and stop rain from soaking in, the quick dry fabric provides a comfortable option that is suitable for beginners and professional runners alike, allowing you to focus on your workout without any distractions. Also cut to a professional fit, the top will stay in place throughout your run.
The perfect option to keep runners’ warm when the cold weather hits, our overlay, available in durable styles for both men and women, is well insulated. Featuring a quick drying material, it won’t leave you feeling overheated or uncomfortable and, if you decide to wear layers under the top, it won’t feel too tight or cause rubbing. Specifically designed not to be too heavy, these overlays are made to be as easy as possible to workout in.
Boasting thumb loops to keep your sleeves in place, as well as an adjustable quarter length zip, the features of this durable overlay reduce the chance of overheating, making it the ideal piece to add to your growing collection of running gear.
If you’re brave enough to head out into the rain, don’t forget to take our focus half zip rain jacket with you, no matter where you’re headed. Designed to maximise your performance while keeping you comfortable and dry during light or heavy rain, sleet, or snow, this workout essential will see you through harsh weather, no matter whether you’re taking your regular run or performing other sports.
Made to offer long lasting, snug arch support, our black ankle socks are ideal for pairing with your favourite trainers. Designed using a lightweight material that features a smooth and comfortable feel, which won’t irritate your feet, the stylish socks provide a suitable grip so there’s less risk of slipping over. Featuring a reinforced heel and toe for added durability in high wear areas, these running socks are designed to stay in good condition for longer.
Is it better to run in leggings or shorts?
Whether you’re looking to wear leggings or shorts, deciding on the most suitable clothing to wear can depend on a number of factors, including the temperature outside that day. For instance, leggings tend to be a more appropriate option for wearing on cold days due to their tighter, more insulated fit. Sports leggings provide more warmth without causing overheating once you start to sweat, and provide more coverage than shorts, helping to prevent your legs from getting cold. However, for days where the temperature is warmer, shorts might be the better option, allowing plenty of air to flow freely around your legs and keeping you cooler for longer.
A great option for running on warmer days, our men’s focus tech short and our women’s classic shorts feature a convenient, sweat-wicking material, which means that this, along with your other Avec Sport running gear, will stay dry no matter how far you take your workout. Made to sit comfortably on your waist, these shorts feature an elastic waistband, and include a hidden drawcord for added style and functionality that can be used to maintain a secure fit for your run.
Our women’s leggings and men’s track pants have been designed as a more insulated, yet equally comfortable option. The professional quality, athletic fit of the material will help to elevate your run and allow for a more successful workout, even on those cold winter days where you might feel a bit less motivated. From rainfall to snow, the material has been designed to stay dry, as well as eliminate traces of sweat that might cause you to feel uncomfortable during your run.
Find running clothes at Avec Sport
Featuring comfortable, sweat-wicking tops, overlays, shorts, leggings and track pants, there’s something to suit runners of every level, all year round, at Avec Sport. So, whether you’re looking to get started with the sport or are already a professional, our range of running clothes and accessories provide the perfect solution that’s designed to last. If you’re looking for some gear for your running group, our workout attire also features a customisation option, so you can add each persons’ name, or the name of your running team, to add that extra, personal touch.