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What not to wear

Quick question for those who know. So far, I've gone running in the only pair of shorts I possess (now a bit tight) and whatever random tshirt I can find. Oh and my only pair of trainers, now rather aged. Hoping to get new trainers this weekend, but what about the rest of the gear? Especially since the weather will likely turn colder. Do I really want to be wearing a tracksuit? *shudders* or, God forbid, Lycra?

I work as a web developer for a cycle retailer, and my fellow staff members always joke about "mamils" (middle Aged Men In Lycra). I don't want to be that person!!

Help!! I've read lots of suggestions on here, but most refer to sports bras, which, let's be honest, I don't need :-)

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Hi I have just started and just use a plain short sleeve tee shirt and do have the dreaded lycra😃😃😃. I got black and they are comfy . Maybe as the weather gets a bit colder a compression vest very light but keep you warm.

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So you didn't find my seminal piece on bras useful then?....

The Lycra running tights are useful really...and I can feel your shudders from here, but for the dead of winter fleece lined winter running tights make all the difference to how warm you start off and stay, but heat is very much a personal thing. I am a lizard and so as it's gets cold, I just want to curl up by a fire....

The one thing I am seriously looking at is some kind of running hoodie top, I've tried anoraks and frankly just get hotter and sweatier wet from within and wet from the rain...

and I have one compression vest which does keep me warm..

If you're going hard core fleece gloves and a hat.

I pretend I am a ninja it's the only way around the embarrassment, but I do have a fluoro obsession, so the fact that I look like a marker pen may explain the weird looks...

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Lol, ,marker pen!! Love it:-):-):-)

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Lol "mamils" I hope thats not what I am. I don't have any lycra in the closet, but I do have some dry-wick short and long sleeve shirts. They are great for sweat. And very comfortable and light. Also they are not tight :) You can get them in low key colours too. I started with one pair of shorts too but now cycle three pairs through a 3 or 4 run week, as they get a little funky otherwise 😊 Most of them are longer basketball shorts. For the cooler months coming, I just invested in a lightweight pair of grey and black Adidas track pants. They are pretty cool and a LONG way from those bright polyester track pants from the 70s and 80s 😂

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There's nout wrong with tracky bottoms. That's what I wear, along with a breathable T-shirt and a thin fleece top for colder weather.

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Who cares what they say? I wear a collection on NBA outfits, each louder than other. Underneath I've got a pair of tights. I don't do fashion but l feel good and comfy. Ask that office guy how far he can run ;)

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The running shoes, properly fitted after gait analysis are essential. Other than that, whatever feels comfortable. But as the runs get longer and you get more comfortable with it you will probably find it easier in running gear. I started in may in old cheap leggings from tesco and an ancient t-shirt. Then it got hot and I realised I had to brave shorts or I would die of heatstroke. Now I have all sorts of different running tights and tops and feel quite comfortable going out in them. But I would not have been seen dead in them a few months ago. It takes a bit of trial and error to work out how hot you will be by the end of a run. This morning I was cold at the start but soon glad I hadn't worn long sleeves.

Nothing wrong with track suits, or indeed lycra. As long as it's worn by someone doing an activity that requires it.

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Don't buy new shoes without having a gait analysis from a specialist running shop.

In winter (or when cycling) I wear running trousers bought from Aldi. These are similar to Ron Hill trousers and are warm comfortable, not too tight or exposing, although I wear shorts by preference, temperature permitting.

Modern fabrics are great and I would recommend you go to see and feel what is on offer at any running shop. Light, comfortable and wicking and easy to wash.

You do realise that if you don't dress like a runner then all the runners will laugh at you.......who do you fear most, your work colleagues or your fellow runners?

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Haha! I can honestly say I couldn't care less what people think :) I'll just wear what is practical and comfortable I think, if I look like a prat, so what!!!

I didn't manage get full gait analysis, as I had limited time, a 12 year old daughter in tow, and couldn't find a place, however the shop were helpful and seemed to ask lots of the right sort of questions. If I end up on the IC in a week, you'll know it went bad lol!

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Warmer bottoms..

amazon.co.uk/Ronhill-Mens-T...

A lightweight windproof showerproof top I have a breathable one.. a BUFF is essential..keeps nose warm, and ears and can be pulled up.. stops drips and draughts around the neck!

Thermal hat :)

Gloves.. I have running ones for finger tingling frosty mornings..

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Thanks Oldfloss , does that mean if I get one of those I'll be running in the buff? :P Seriously though, thanks for the amazon link. That looks great, thanks. Also love the idea of the headgear actually, I get cold ears!!

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The buff is a neck thing :)

amazon.co.uk/Buff-Original-...

You knew that :) x I love my warm hat :)

Thinsulate... warm and snug

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Me in the warm jacket and hat!!

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Wow! Thanks all for the suggestions folks :-) lots to think about, thanks. Hadn't really considered the warmer stuff, but now I will! My experience so far is that I'm likely to be rather hot, but equally I don't like cold extremities!!!

I'll keep you all posted :-)

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I know nothing about what to wear. I have good shoes, and a bra that feels like an instrument of torture. Everything else is random, bar one pair of really good asics running trews. My Star Wars T-shirt is now my lucky running shirt as I did my first 20 min run in it. Cushioned running socks I love. Not worried about cold, as I get dead hot running; though I reckon a sweatshirt might help for super chilly days to come.

I just realised. None of the above is constructive advice at all. Soz. Thank heavens for the others!

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Jancanrun and Sadie-runs advice for sports bras is always appreciated :P I can't help thinking I might look quite silly in one though... ah I see where you were going with this, looking silly really helps, right? :D

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Yup....

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So in the end I went out shopping with my elder daughter, who helped me chose trainers. I didn't managed to find a shop that did gait analysis, but they do seem to fit well and support in the right places, and the shop assistant did ask me a load of questions. Time will tell if I've made a silly mistake, but I intend to give them an outing for Week 5 run 2 tomorrow! Other running purchases will no doubt follow in the coming weeks! Might even consider lycra now :)

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So you know inevitably we will want a pic of the new trainers (about the only obligatory rule on here....) and the Lycra if you go that far....

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Fair enough :-) I'll *try* to remember to take a pic when I go out tomorrow. I don't have Lycra yet, but when I do, I may even dare to share a pic, so long as there are no embarrassing bulges :P

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Just to chime in, I started out in a pair of non padded cycling shorts with a pair of baggy basketball shorts over the top, my standard gym stuff.

I've found decathlon do great stuff without busting the bank I have a pair of men's running shorts yup Lycra from there and also a pair of cloth adidas knee length shorts for over the top, I like a vest top from the women's section as I feel a bit naked with just a sports bra on and a t shirt

(I'm female just not a fan of skin tight clothing on me)

I have an adidas plain black slinky material t shirt which is sweat wicking and I've bought two more from decathlon for a fiver each (their version)

My other half swears by decathlon trackies and between us we tend to shop in sports direct or decathlon.

Deffo decent trainers and socks, I started in reboks and slammed my knees so I learnt that lesson!

Just add what you fancy when you need it really I still go in whatever t shirt I can lay my hands on most of the time :-)

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You wear 2 pairs of shorts at once? Why? (Sorry - serious question - I’m new to this!)

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Many men when running wear lycra with normal shorts over.... 'things' are then less obvious 😆

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Yeah I was trying to find a polite way of saying that I was a little concerned about that ☺️

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Oh I see! Thanks! :-D

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I think you'll quickly find what works for you, when it was my first winter I asked her, and ended p with a buff, running gloves and a jacket that I almost never wear. I'm a bit chilly for the first 5 - 10 minutes, then it all comes off (well not ALL, the gloves and buff etc!) and I have to carry it. Long leggings are great, they support your legs, and a long sleeved top and off you go! Mind you, I expect it depends on where you run, I'm in town, open countryside might be a bot chillier!

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Hahahahaha yep, I like the cycling shorts as I'm covered to the knees (women's tight shorts are too short at mid thigh for me) they stop my thighs running together and pull sweat away from me, but I get a bit self conscious so I pop the loose ones over the top.

I used to play rugby and wore teensy rugby shorts and protected my legs with undershorts.

With the basketball shorts being so loose they keep me nice and cool, no sweat patches either lol

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Loving these posts. It's really useful to see how the veterans of all seasons cope with the elements. When I was a youngster I never used to worry about being too hot/too cold/too uncomfortable. I just threw on whatever was to hand. Fast forward too many years and I don't have any proper running gear except some decent trainers (Nike Lunarglide 8) that I bought at a factory outlet store in Florida on holiday. I am wearing a selection of random t-shirts (all cotton) and ancient shorts (over 15 years old! They were relegated to gardening but now have been promoted to running). I have bought a pair of long tights but it's still too warm for them. I might need to buy some hi-tech material tops it seems. A new Aldi opens near me next month, I shall see what they have to offer!

Just ordered a running light from Decathlon (thanks to a recommendation on this forum a couple of weeks back) so I have to carry on now.

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