Getting a decent winter running kit together isn’t cheap is it, neither is it easy.
Running magazines are awash with the latest leggings, tops and jackets available on websites but I like to try things on.
Of course when I do go shopping I am plagued by a doppelganger who has exactly my taste in clothes and snaps up everything I like in my size before I get there. She likes running too.
But today I was able to find a pair of running leggings that:
a) didn’t break the bank
b) hit all the right ‘musts’ on wicking fabric, tie at the waist, no nasty, chaffing seams and some reflective twink
c) had a pocket big enough for my iPhone.
I like my phone with me. Just in case I fall over and can’t get up and need to ring for someone to scrape me up. Ok it’s never happened, but it could.
And much as I’m a big fan of Ron Hill products – certainly can’t be faulted on price and durability – I couldn’t get a twopenny chew in the pocket. Maybe my keys as well, but really? Hello. 21st century. And no, I am not trailing a bumbag round with me. Can’t be doing with spare fabric round my ankles never mind something bouncing round my middle.
There were some leggings that had fiddly fabric covers for the zip ends at the ankles, but not worth and extra £12. Yes they had more reflective twink on but my running top is panelled in neon yellow, any more reflective bits and I’ll be distracting Manchester airport traffic.
I settled on some Sub4 long flite tights which came in at £2 more than the Ron Hills and have the tagline ‘Inspired designs to keep you running longer further & faster’. Now that remains to be seen.