Now that winter has set in, outdoor pursuits start to get a bit more challenging as we lose daylight hours, temperatures drop and rainy days become more frequent. As a runner there are some pieces of kit that will help you stay active regardless of the conditions.

1. A good quality long sleeve polypro top.

This will keep you warm from the windchill but still breathe well so you don’t overheat.

2. Beanie.

A lot of body heat is lost from the top of your head so keep warm and avoid those winter flush by getting your hands on a good merino running beanie.

3. Ziplock bags.

Often you get caught out in a downpour in the middle of a run. A simple, cheap option for your phone, cards or keys to either carry or tuck into the pocket of your running shorts.

4. Old newspaper.

Running shoes can take a while to dry and unless you have a couple of pairs on the go, a good trip is stuffing them with old newspaper or junk mail then putting them on top of the hot water cylinder overnight. They will be dry by morning!

5. Dedication!!

Winter running is hard but training during these months is when you can really build good strength to get through that half marathon, marathon or triathlon over the warmer months.

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After well over a decade working as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist; David joined the team at Kinetics stepping into the role of Principal and owner. David has worked with the Championship winning NZ Breakers basketball team and continues in a role as a touring physiotherapist with Athletics New Zealand. Previously David has worked as a consultant sports physio to Triathlon USA and Triathlon Canada working alongside multiple Olympians including Rio 2016 Gold Medalist Gwen Jorgenssen. With his own background as a World Championship representative duathlete, David combines his clinical knowledge with a personal understanding of the demands in high performance sport. David has a strong interest in gym based rehabilitation and is passionate about injury prevention for youth athletes. This has led to completing post-graduate studies in spinal manipulation, sports physiotherapy, dry needling, injury prevention and more. In addition to clinical physiotherapy; David works weekly as a post-surgical consultant to orthopaedic surgeon Mr Warren Leigh. This has involved developing post-surgical rehab protocols and an expertise in custom knee bracing for complex injuries.