November 10, 2014 at 8:36
Posted by Rachael Woolston
The race jacket
We’ve said it before and now, with the rain pounding the streets and the thought of long training runs coming up, it seems a great time to say it again…but hands down the very best running jacket you can get is the race jacket by Original Mountain Marathon.
Developed by the organisers of Snowdonia’s Original Mountain Marathon, these jackets are not cheap but they are worth every penny.
I have had the good fortune (well, perhaps running outside in the pouring rain for hours may not be seen as good fortune by some) to try out a lot of performance kit. And nothing compares to the OMM.
Any rain, from a drizzle to a downright deluge, runs off this jacket like water off a duck’s back. But more importantly, you can run and even sprint wearing this and the inside of the jacket remains bone dry rather than getting sweaty.
And that is a very, very rare property in a running jacket.
As you might expect of a company that puts on a race in the variable conditions of Snowdonia, where the elements can suddenly change in seconds, every little detail of this jacket has been brilliantly thought out.
With velcro fastenings at the cuffs to keep out the cold on the arms, a drawstring at the bottom, as well as a two way zip which means you can udo the jacket from the bottom for air circulation.
It is also made of a material that moves and stretches as you move, not like the usual polyester/nylon mix of most running jackets.
And then there is the hood.
Anyone who exercises or runs regularly will get what I’m saying here. There is nothing more irritating than putting your jacket hood up, only to turn your head and find yourself looking at the inside of your hood.
This hood moves with you, and it doesn’t even flop over your face as you run staying perfectly in place.
The price? The jackets range from approximately £130 to £234 depending on style and colour.
Available at www.wiggle.co.uk and www.amazon.co.uk
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October 23, 2012 at 4:08
Posted by Rachael Woolston
As the cold draws in, the wind carries the icy breath of Siberia and puddles deepen, Victoria Del Federico shares her hard earned tips on essential winter running kit
I used to think these were only for gazelle-like runners, not for mere ordinary mortals like myself. But as I began running more off-road, slithering down muddy tracks with my legs turned to jelly from the monster hill I’d just come up, I soon began to realise that trail shoes are a godsend in the winter.
A word to the wise though, don’t just buy any old pair like I did. Try out a few pairs and treat your purchase as importanty as you do when you are buying your usual running shoes.
Can’t afford trail shoes and your normal running shoes? Don’t worry, trail shoes are not essential but they can make you feel more comfortable up on the trails in winter.
Our Fitbitch winter pick for 2012 are Salamon Speedcross, £95
Wave goodbye to cold hands
Hands are the first thing to feel the cold when you are running in the winter, and there is nothing more miserable than icy fingers.
Not only does it feel horrible, gripping your hands can tighten shoulders, lungs and result in headaches.
Opt for water resistant,windproof gloves with pads on the fingers so you can use your IPhone or music without having to take them off.
Don’t try getting away with every day gloves – I started out running a year ago wearing heavy duty fluoroscent ones. They not only made me look like a bin man, but were far too hot and heavy.
Try Brooks Adapt Glove, £17.99 (www.forrunnersbyrunners.com), with a water resistant windshield when it turns misty, a thumb pad for IPhone use, and even a magnet that keeps the gloves together when not in use.
You can lose up to 75% of your body’s heat through your head so running with a hat during winter is a must, particularly if you want to keep that windy chill from freezing the tips of your ears.
Go for a high tech, lightweight fabric that wicks away sweat and if you have long hair, one with a hole for your ponytail is essential. Otherwise your hat just rides up your head leaving you looking like a Smurf.
Alternatively, if like me, you get too hot running with a hat, try a fleece headband like Ronhill Run Headband, £9.95 (www.gearforgirls.co.uk). You may risk looking some Eighties throwback but believe me, you won’t care.
Keep your ears warm
Photos of me running last winter show me swathed in high viz commuter cycling gear. High spec it might have been, but designed for running? It certainly wasn’t.
If you can only afford to invest in one piece of kit for your winter running wardrobe, make it a decent running jacket. It makes a huge difference to your running comfort and enjoyment.
Whatever you do though, don’t waste your money on shower proof or water resistant jackets, as they just don’t cut it. It should be lightweight, so you can carry it without even noticing the extra weight if you need to take it off, as well as being water proof, wind proof and also breathable.
Most running jackets fall down when it comes to sweat-wicking, which just means you just get cold and wet from the inside.
Of course, all that technology comes at a price but get the right one and it will last. My money’s on the Original Mountain Marathon (OMM) Kamleika jacket, £150 www.theomm.co.uk (worn by Fitbitch coach, Rachael who has had her’s for three years). It really is the business.
Don’t go cheap
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