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5 key items for spring running

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Olivia Higginson
Olivia Higginson
Olivia can usually be found running around the East Devon countryside with her fellow club runners. She has raced all distances from 5K to 50K, but her favourite distance is a half-marathon. Her dream would be to run in races around the world. Olivia is also a Sports Therapist, assisting runners to keep on running.

Finally, after a long wet winter, the weather has started to warm up here in the UK. We’ve even had some early summer temperatures recently, so now it’s time to rethink our running wardrobe.

With typical UK spring weather, we’ll still have a few chilly days yet, so we have to be prepared for all eventualities. Here are my top five items to move from winter in to spring/summer running.

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1. Super socks

With the temperatures hotting up, a good pair of socks is a must to help keep your feet dry, comfortable and blister free.

My favourite socks are the mid-weight Injinji socks that I discovered  a couple of years ago. The first time I wore them they felt really weird and I wasn’t sure, but gave them another go.

5 Key Items for Spring Running
Good socks are key for warmer weather

Now I love them and I find them super comfortable. I do think they protect your toes against blisters, especially when the temperatures increase. Give them a go and you will become a fan of them too. The price of Injinji socks are on par with other makes of socks and they do last – mine are still going strong two years on.

Injinji Run 2.0 Lightweight No Show Womens-Retro-X-SMALL/SMALL (UK 3-6.5)
  • Injinji's five-toe patented designed specifically for runners and hikers
  • Prevents blisters & hotspots while running
Injinji 2.0 Men's Run Lightweight No Show Toesocks, White, Medium
  • Anatomical 5 toe design
  • Superior fiber construction

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2. Technical t-shirt

The spring weather calls for a decent running t-shirt. A well-fitting, super-comfortable, wicking t-shirt that also washes well. We all have plenty of finisher’s race t-shirts, but often they’re cheaply made, cheap in feel and not that comfortable.

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5 Key Items for Spring Running
My favourite Ashmei t-shirt

I feel it’s worth shopping around to find your perfect running t-shirt, as you’ll have it for a few years. My cherished t-shirt is an old one: my merino zip neck from Ashmei. The merino is really soft, it’s wicking and it keeps you warm and cool depending on the temperature.

The zip neck is useful for temperature regulation, which is good on those chilly spring mornings. Then, when the temperatures rises, the material has sun protection of UPF 50+. I also have a vest version of the t-shirt too.

Women’s run classic short sleeve jersey 

3. Simple sleeveless t-shirt

For those hot spring days, a running vest top is needed to keep you cool. Just like with a running t-shirt, you need to find the right one for you. It should have superb breathability properties, should wick the sweat away and have UPF protection.

5 Key Items for Spring Running
Bamboo Clothing vest top for warmer days

For me, I like my vest top to be soft and be cut low under the arm pits. My new choice is the vest top I bought in the sale from Bamboo Clothing, as it’s so soft next to the skin. Bamboo is a great material, as it’s breathable, helps to keep your body at an even temperature and has UPF/SPF.

My exact top is unavailable, but this one is similar.

Women’s cropped active bamboo top

4. Cool cap

We do need to protect our eyes from the sunlight, keep the sun off our face and keep our head cool. A running cap is perfect for this, plus it stops the sweat dripping down in to our eyes.

5 Key Items for Spring Running
Protect your face and head with a cap

My running cap is from Patagonia, and I love it as it is all material. It has a soft peak and most of it is made from comfy mesh, which makes it really breathable. With only a small plastic clasp at the back, it means I can throw it into the washing machine after every run. As I only have one cap, I do need to invest in a few more to see me through the summer months.

2XU UK Unisex's Run Cap, White, OSFA
  • Adjustable strap for secure comfort
  • Mesh inserts for breathability
Buff Unisex Ss 2017 Uv Cap Uv Cap
  • 98% UV protection, Fastwick X+, Silver+, reflective, packable, ultra-light, bi-stretch fabric, moisture...
  • Size: One size

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5. Awesome arm sleeves

On some spring mornings the temperature can be on the cool side for the first few miles on your run. I find that my arm sleeves are perfect item to keep my arms warm until I warm up or the temperature increases. I wear them with a sleeveless t shirt and once I’m warm, I can roll them down. The bonus is then you have something to wipe the sweat from your face.

5 Key Items for Spring Running
Arm sleeves are great for adapting to different temperatures

Reebok Running Sleeves - Geocast
  • Compression: Reebok Geocast Sleeves aid recovery, reduce soreness, improve circulation and regulate...
  • Lycra Material: Made from a blend of elastane and polyester, the sleeves are both lightweight and stretchable...
beister 1 Pair UV Protective Cooling Arm Sleeves, Compression Support Sports Arm Sleeves for Women and Men, for Arthritis, Lymphedema, Basketball, Football, Cycling, Outdoor Activities
  • UPF 50 PROTECTION: Our compression arm sleeves are made of the highest-quality and lightweight Lycra and...
  • COMPRESSION SUPPORT: The sleeves can offer you great compression which will make you feel tight but not over...

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5.1 Sun lotion

I know this is an extra item, but I’m classing it as must-have for any runner. With no more long sleeves on our runs, we need to protect our skin with a sun lotion.

5 Key Items for Spring Running
Don’t forget the sun lotion!

My one of choice is from Green People and its scent-free sun lotion SPF 30, which is also perfect for my sensitive skin. The lotion is water repellent, non pore clogging, is ocean friendly, with plant-based packaging.

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Green People Organic Sun Lotion SPF30 Scent Free 200ml
  • Effective, broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection
  • Suitable for sensitive skin and those prone to prickly heat

Last update on 2020-07-09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

These are my top five items to make hot weather running comfortable. If one of your favourite pieces of running clothing is not listed, please comment below and let us know about it!

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