What are the Key Accessories for Winter Running?

Winter running can be challenging. Find comfort, safety and continued enjoyment to your passion with some essential winter running accessories.
Running hat/beanie/headband - if your head is cold, you'll feel cold too. Running hats are designed to keep the heat in, without overheating, whilst wicking away sweat to keep your head dry
Headlamp - it is key that you can be seen by traffic and road users at all times and that you can see your surroundings too for safety. A headlamp is an easy way to carry a light whilst running
Arm warmers – you may find arm warmers more comfortable than wearing long sleeves, and of course you can put them on or take them off as you please
Gumáky – an extra level of protection to prevent water, mud and small debris from getting inside your shoes
Running gloves – fingers lose heat quickly due to their large surface area
High visibility vest – designed for the poor lighting conditions of winter, ensure you can always be seen

What are the Key Accessories for Summer Running?

Although summer running too comes with its own challenges, running in the heat can also make you stronger. Remember to add the following to your running attire for a safe and enjoyable summer run -
Water bottle/hydration pack/hydration belt - remember water, water, water - a running water bottle is your best friend when running in hot weather. Keeping hydrated is one of the most important aspects of running.
Running cap – technically designed to not only protect your face from the sun but to also wick away sweat
Running sunglasses – crafted not to slip down the face
Sun screen

How to Recover From a Running Injury

Unfortunately, injuries can be an unwanted side effect of exercise no matter how fit you may be – sprains, joint pains, stress fractures can all occur.
Firstly, whatever you do, do not rush back to strenuous training. Ease yourself back into running not by running, but by walking. Let your first few outings be walks and then carefully introduce running into your walking, building up your running time, speed and distance gradually.
One item to keep you moving post-injury and during recovery is a support or brace, such as knee supports and ankle supports. Anatomically shaped, ankle and knee supports work to aid the muscles during exercise. They can also help aid recovery through structural support, reduce swelling and offer pain relief.
Of course, to help prevent injuries occurring, always warm up thoroughly and cool down correctly before and after exercising. This ensures a good supply of oxygen to your muscles before running, as well as bringing optimal flexibility and efficiency to muscles by raising their temperature.
Cooling down after your run will relax your muscles and stop your heart rate and blood pressure suddenly dropping by keeping your blood flowing throughout the body.

Runners Tip

Remember - listen to your body. If it hurts, stop running!

Wearing a Knee Support When Running

Knee supports are categorised as the following and as being needed for the following reasons; as a compression sleeve to limit swelling and improve movement, a patellar brace to take pressure off of the tendon and a lateral support brace to protect to the knee’s ligaments.
Remember to always consult your doctor or physiotherapist for ongoing pain and finding a brace that is right for you.
Note also the availability of knee sleeves. Knee sleeves provide support too but not against existing injury, they work to protect from injury