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The gyms might be closed, but the lockdown runs we thought were a thing of the past are back – and they’ve got a new look for winter. It’s dark, cold and drizzly so, if you’ve even got as far as thinking about a run, good on you. But, if you’re lacking gear and have no idea (same, tbh), here are our top tips and picks for making it work (out). Now jog on, 2020.
Model wearing ASOS 4505 red ski beanie hat

For the cold

ASOS 4505 fluffy beanie, £10


One-digit temps are enough to shock even the keenest of runners without the right kit. This beanie is by ASOS 4505 (our very own sportswear brand, ICYMI) and is ski-season levels of cosy, meaning it will stop you from feeling the chill morning, noon and night. Plus, the bright red will help you feel seen if it’s already dark and give you the motivation boost you need.

Model wearing black padded Nike running jacket

For smart layering

Nike Running AeroLayer Jacket, £89.95


The first few paces might feel fresh, but if you’re quick to get a sweat on, clever layering with smart fabrics will have your back. Nike’s AeroLayer technology puts in the legwork so you don’t have to, thanks to a layer of lightweight insulation that sits between the water-resistant outer shell and inner lining. The result? A light, warm and breathable layer and no sweat (almost). Plus, this jacket's got thumb holes: the running world’s equivalent of a dress with pockets.

Model wearing ASOS 4505 orange running leggings with reflective tape

For the dark

ASOS 4505 run leggings with reflective tape, £22


Black might be your usual go-to for working out, but for winter we’re making a case for colour. Not only will every shade of running gear brighten up even the grimmest winter evenings, it will help keep you safe, too. These ASOS 4505 leggings come in a warm orange hue and have reflective tape stitched in (we’re good like that) to make it easier for cars or other runners to spot you if you’re running in one of the 800 hours of darkness a day.

Nike Running Air Zoom Pegasus 37 Shield running trainers in black

For the wet

Nike Running Air Zoom Pegasus 37 Shield trainers, £114.95


When it comes to this time of year, wet-AF weather is all but guaranteed. Because soggy feet are obviously not the one, upgrade this summer’s knitted styles for something just as lightweight but more weatherproof. These Nike Shield trainers boast a water-repellent mesh upper and a Storm-Tread outer sole for grip and traction on slippy roads, so you'll be ready to run come rain or shine.

Flat lay of Under Armour plus size sports bra in black

For support

Under Armour Training Plus Infinity high-support bra, £50


A sports bra that pulls its weight might be a year-round necessity, but there’s no reason not to upgrade yours for winter. For high-impact activities like running, high support is non-negotiable and this one by Under Armour has hook-and-eye fastenings and an elasticated under-band to keep you feeling secure. Plus, it gets bonus points for the fact it has Under Armour HeatGear technology and a built-in Moisture Transport System to move sweat away from your skin and keep you feeling dry. Nice.

Model wearing ASOS 4505 running arm band for phone

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For your phone

ASOS 4505 running arm band, £10


There are two types of people: those who run with their phone in their hand and those with an arm band. If you’re usually in camp one, rainy weather and a slippy grip might convince you to invest in the latter for winter – we have a feeling you’ll never go back. FYI, if you’re running in the dark, keep your volume low or one AirPod out for extra safety.