The right footwear can make the difference between a good run and a bad one. Start with socks that suit your needs
FOR COLD RUNS:
Smartwool Run socks are made of finest merino wool, with a four-degree fit system that offers support and comfort just where it's needed. But most importantly, they are warm. If you suffer from poor circulation or have feet that are always cold, you will know how painful it is to run on the coldest winter days. These solve the problem.
Tested on a wet, snowy day in London, I can confirm that they really do work. And I suffer from seriously cold feet. Am now planning on investing in the ski version for my next trip to the slopes: that's how good they are. Definitely recommend.
Winter running kit
FOR LONG RUNS:
Grab a pair of Compressport socks to ease the pain of long-distance running, plus win with improved recovery time, shock absorption and injury protection. They're costly at £35 for a high sock, but they come with a two-year guarantee.
I've been wearing them for my long-run training sessions during a half-marathon preparation plan, and I must say they are comfortable, non-chafing and refreshing on the feet. Definitely recommend for distance runs.
Half-marathon training tips
FOR SHORT RUNS:
People rave about Balega socks - No 1 brand in the US - for their softness and comfort. Having tried them, I must say I'm a convert. They feel like they're giving my feet a gentle, loving hug and are totally non-sweaty. Lightweight and lovely for short runs - I'm using them for up to 5k outings on warmer days. Visit www.fitbrands.co.uk for stockists.
Your 5k training plan
Posted: 15/04/2013 at 19:05
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