What to wear?

So I've been doing most of my running in the winter so far, wearing flease jogging bottoms and a flease top over a tshirt - it's been great as it's kept me warm in freezing temperatures and also has a handy chest pocket for my phone. But tonight's run, it was just too hot. So what are good (cheap) things to wear, bearing in mind I don't want anything too tight as I still have a fair amount of weight to lose...

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  • Sports direct do mens sweatpants that are a thin material with mesh on the inside and their cheap (I'm sure it was 2 pairs for £14 when I bought some for the fiancé, slazenger brand) they're loose enough and long so you won't feel self conscious, he's always warm so they must be cool enough when he exercises as he never complains about them. For the top I'd recommend a high wicking sports top, you can buy a bigger size if they run small and come in long sleeve and short sleeve, sports direct looks like they have them in the running section for less than £10 for a karrimor one. They'll carry sweat away and keep you cool :) happy shopping!

  • I got two decent running tops from aldi and a running jacket. Leggings from SD

  • Hi Rob, as I'm out of work at the moment I've only spent money on running shoes. Like you I've been wearing a thick top over a t shirt and some old track suit bottoms but it's too warm for that so I'm now starting out with 3 t shirts and peeling one off when I get hot. If I need to I can still take another layer off but early morning isn't that warm yet! When it gets that way, I'll change the bottoms for shorts, so for me it's about layers rather than specific items.

  • Thanks for the suggestions!

  • I don't seem to be able to walk past Sports Direct without nipping in to browse!! I then go home and look at the clearance items on their website!

    I, too, need to shed a couple of stone but I took the plunge and bought a couple of pairs of Karrimor running tights (2 for £20.....my kind of price!) and they're brilliant! Very comfortable. I tend to run after work, in the dark so not too bothered what I look like.

    The Karrimor tops are equally as comfortable and cheap. :-)

  • Keep an eye on aldi as well, they often do cheap sports stuff. Xx

  • I bought the karimor tights but even though I am a size 12, these were really tight so I unded up taking them back and bought Nike ones which I really like. It's really difficult to run if one is constantly hitching up trousers or can feel them flapping around if they're loose joggers. I am really hapoy with the nikes and even though they were over 30 quid, I justify it by knowing that having forked out for them I now must absolutely keep up with running. I wanna be toned and fit by the time I hit 50 lol. If you go for karimors I do suggest trying them on in the shop prior to purchase.

  • I agree with kickibro that the Karimor tights are indeed tight! I bought a pair, and I do love them. But as a UK size 16, a Large would normally be fine, but I had to return them for the XL to get them anywhere near! Luckily they have a drawstring, so will last even if I do accidentally loose a few lbs, but their sizes do seem generally not to match up to high street ones- be careful.

  • Oh dear! I find myself in the same position as the person who started this thread, now I can see my credit card getting a hammering if I'm not careful. Thanks for the advice, everyone. I guess it's better to spend a few quid now so that when the weather gets warmer, I can run in comfort and keep running rather than giving up for being too uncomfortable.

  • blimey thats alot...I have spent most of winter in a vest and capri's!!! I would suggest some capris, a long sleeved running top, sports bra and a buff...which will warm you up as you feel the cold!!!

  • Sports Bra?

  • Oh whoops... Bloke? Perhaps something Lower down?!!!

  • So just to clarify, yep I'm a bloke - so not keen on tights or sports bras :-)

  • Don't knock something that you haven't tried !!! -- or have you?? :)

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