Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jog on January; FITNESS There Are Only 15 Sundays until the London Marathon. Katie Strick Gets into the Right Gear for Winter Training

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jog on January; FITNESS There Are Only 15 Sundays until the London Marathon. Katie Strick Gets into the Right Gear for Winter Training

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Byline: Katie Strick

THE new year is time for runners to take things up a gear. December's silliness is finally over and the marathon is only four months away -- in other words, that's 15 Sundays left to put the miles in before the big day.

To make it to mile 26 you need to get technical, which means finding the perfect pair of race shoes to wear in and upgrading your gear. From high-tech trainers to the latest fitness trackers, this is your London Marathon kit list.

Best foot forward Shoes are priority number one and this year's offerings are high-tech. Asics has updated its neutral long-distance running shoe, the Gel-Nimbus 21 (PS155, asics.com), with lighter cushioning and shock- absorbing gel, and Saucony's new long-distance kicks, the Guide ISO 2 (5, PS120, saucony.com), are engineered for runners with mild to severe pronation. Nike's Air Zoom Pegasus 35 (PS105, nike.com) is a speedy all-rounder for road running, while its Shield (PS115, nike.com) model is specifically designed for winter training: a reflective, water-repellent shoe for running on dark, wet nights, with a no-tie lacing system so you don't have to take off your gloves. Pair with Asics Road Neutral Single Tab socks (PS8.40, asics.com), which feature anti-chafing fabric and drying technology to protect your feet from rain and sweat.

Leg day Sweaty Betty's Zero Gravity Run Leggings (2, PS95, sweatybetty.com) feature compression technology for muscle support and faster recovery, while 2XU has a whole compression 2 range, including a thermal variety (PS90, 2xu.com) for those bitter mornings. Under Armour's ColdGear Reactor Run Graphic Leggings (PS65, underarmour.co.uk) are a good winter running layer for men: they have a built-in brief for added support and intelligent insulation to stop you overheating. …

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