Undercarriage for cold weather requires a little more research to do well than summer. It's not just a matter of wicking, now we need things that will keep us dry, warm, standing on the snow and enjoying the miles despite the wind.
Of course, many articles from my summer guide can be used year round as the GPS watch and electrolytes, but we know there are definitely a few things to change when it comes to undercarriages in cold weather.
The right winter running clothes can make cold mornings (or afternoons of filming!) Much more enjoyable.
Must-have winter running clothing
Make the most of winter by preparing yourself the right way!
From preventing slips and slips on the roads, to the feeling of your fingers all day long. Here I will outline the pieces for a winter running outfit that will help you get out and back with all happy fingers and toes.
I started running as a poor college kid, which meant I just layered one cotton shirt on top of another and then spent hours shaking after the run. I couldn't understand how the others looked so comfortable… No one was talking about wicks yet !!
Fortunately, in a few years, I learned the power of QUALITY equipment and how to dress to run so as not to be unhappy ... and suddenly it was fun!
Before we start, one of my favorite quick tips is this: Do a short 10- to 15-minute warm-up run near your house or car, so you can lay down a diaper once you realize you've overdone it. I know I'm not the only one who tends to overdress knowing it's cold!
One of the tricky things about running is that at first you feel all the cold, but in about 20 minutes it feels 20 degrees warmer because of the heat you generate.
Then if you tend to over-dress like me you start to sweat and the more you run the colder you feel because your now damp clothes meet the air and create a whole other problem. Solution: Diapers… and stop dressing too much.
Step 1: Winter running gear for your feet
We're starting from scratch, to make sure we stay upright!
Shoe spikes (ice crampons)
Grab it, grab it real good.
While many runners have advised putting spikes in my existing running shoes to turn them into spikes, I just feel more comfortable putting something on them. These are a great, inexpensive way to gain grip while running in the snow… they won't save you on a freezing day, however!
I like the crampons a bit better than the stock YakTrax which is a metal cylinder and for me still slip sometimes.
Trail running shoes
Some days you don't need spikes, but you need a little more grip and this is where trail shoes come into play. They are great for running on snow and provide better traction than your everyday road running shoes because of the wider ridges… it's like putting snow tires on your car !!
I ran into the Saucony Peregrine on many different surfaces and love the traction they provide!
Our feet go from cold to warm faster than expected on many descents.
The advantage of good woolen running socks is that they can handle both! They keep you warm first, and then when you start to warm up, they quickly wick away moisture keeping your feet dry and breathable.
Step 2: Winter running clothes
It's time to move on to our legs, arms, hands and head! So you basically cover the rest of your body.
Remember that if your body will send blood to your heart first. Its main purpose is to protect your organs, which is why you might be able to get away with running in shorts, but you still need gloves.
It's true, your fingers and toes feel colder when you are undressed because your body will first conserve heat around your organs. Ah ha !!
This is why you see a lot of hikers kissing the large puffy vest. This central heat also helps keep the rest of their limbs warm.
Winter running jacket
Priority one is a jacket or vest based on the above rating! We want to keep your heart warm, so that the body doesn't work so hard to heat up and therefore you have more energy to run and feel your fingers.
- Outdoor search vigor - The hood stays secure around my face and the jacket protects from the wind. I wore it like crazy last year during the Colorado winter.
- On the running jacket - This is my winning jacket. It is not hot, but is waterproof and blocks the wind. So I can put on a base layer and a fleece layer and then cover it with this ... or just the base layer depending on the temperatures.
Winter running tights
I have a few friends who hate running tights, but honestly, if they mean I'm hotter and will run further, whatever. I'm happy to put them on!
✅ These Daehli pants have become my absolute GO TO for winter racing.
- Wind blocking
- Stay put
- Water repellent when it snows
- Worth every penny for the amount they were used and the excuses eliminated.
CW-X Stabilyx Compression Tights
The number one reason to love them on race day is the compression which helps maintain blood flow and for me can prevent some calf cramps. The second reason is that the style of the pants provides extra support around the knee which provides support to the IT band.
These are thicker tights, which for me makes them an optimal choice for winter running in the 40s or on a colder sunny day. They are not lined, just thicker material.
Yes, layers are essential in the winter and I have a few different methods that I like to keep it warm. Base layers are a thin, light layer that sits next to the skin, which helps wick away moisture.
Base layers are designed to keep you from getting cold, not so much to keep you warm. Does that make sense? They are… well… a diaper.
- ✅ Wool is an ideal base layer, but may cost more. However, they last forever and are great for combating the odor that comes from hours of sweating.
- Under protection is generally cheaper and I have always been lucky with the quality of their clothes. Remember to take a squeeze layer to resize if you don't want it to be too tight. Many like the squeeze option because it can move less under other layers.
- A running underwear is great to wear under another layer of running tights for a clutter-free lining.
What to wear for running in winter?
General rules to help with temperatures:
- 45 degrees and more: shorts or capris
- 35-45 degrees: from medium leggings to capris
- 30-35 degrees: base layer with potentially windproof pants
- Fleece lined tights below 29 degrees (second layer possible depending on the wind or below 10 degrees)
Racing gloves (NO COTTON)
My fingers are noticeably cold even when the rest of my body feels quite warm.
Fortunately, in recent years, most fitness gloves now have tactile fingers, so I can continue to use my iPod or phone without removing them halfway.
One of the great things about gloves is that they come in a variety of weights!
Running hat that wicks
Don't wear your beanie, the wet material will make you feel even colder.
A lot of people like to do the headbands that cover your ears, but if I'm cold I want to hold on to all the heat I can get so I like thin caps.
Ladies, I am also delighted to say that now most running versions have a place for our ponytails to stick out… I don't know why but it's just as exciting as the thumbholes!
Bonus winter running accessories
Neck bites are another great option for covering an area that is often left exposed!
The best thing about a buff is its versatility as well, so I can pull it up over my mouth and nose at the start of the race or when I'm spinning in a strong wind.
I love them after a rainy or snowy run to help dry shoes and maintain shape. As the name suggests, after the run you fill the cedar-filled foot-shaped items in your shoe and it speeds up the drying process.
Nathan Vapor Howe Hydration Pack
You know the great thing is to run away and find that the water continues to freeze in the tube !! Yes, the right winter hydration pack is essential. This one has an insulated bag so you won't find your water frozen and it keeps you from cooling off as you aren't carrying a bunch of ice on your back!
In addition, I like but a insulated blanket on the tube where it will freeze even faster.
Nathan Light Spur
Got one in Kona and I'm in love !! It clips around the heel of your shoe and like all lights has it fixed, flashing, and strobe.
Personally, I have issues with most clip-on bulbs because they weigh down my shorts or my shirt so that's great! Stay visible during the dark months of winter racing!
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If you’ve never run before or you’ve had a long break from running, it can feel intimidating to get out there and hit the pavement. But if you get familiar with some basic information about running and follow a beginner’s schedule, you’ll be well on your way to starting a new course habit.
At your visit, share your running plan and goals with your doctor and have him/her assess your plan and any potential health issues. If you have had any previous injuries or issues, make sure your doctor is aware of them, and ask if he or she has any suggestions on how to prevent a recurrence.
Visit a specialty course store to get spécialiste advice on buying the right running shoes. An spécialiste at the store will look at your feet, watch you run, and make recommendations based on your foot type and running style. If you already have course shoes that you like, but you’ve had them for a while, you may still need to get new ones. Running in worn-out running shoes can also lead to injury. You should replace them every 300 to 400 miles.
Beyond running shoes, you don’t need much more than some comfortable exercise clothes to get started. If you’re course outdoors, make sure you follow some basic tips for how to dress for hot weather course and cold weather course, so you stay safe and comfortable.
As your résistance improves and you start course longer, you may want to invest in some technical fabric course clothes and other basic course gear, such as a running belt, good course socks, and a running hat. Some runners also like to have a course watch to track their times and mètres.
Before you get started with running, get familiar with how to do the run/walk method. Most beginner runners start out using a run/walk technique because they don’t have the résistance or fitness to run for extended periods of time. The run/walk method involves running for a short secteur and then taking a walk break. As you continue with a run/walk program, the goal is to extend the amount of time you’re running and reduce your walking time. Of course, some runners find walk breaks to be so beneficial that they continue taking them even as their résistance and fitness improves.
Before you start any course workout, though, you need to make sure you warm up properly. A good warm-up signals to your body that it will have to start working soon. By slowly raising your heart rate, the warm-up also helps minimize stress on your heart when you start your run. Start your runs with a brisk walk, followed by very easy jogging for a few minutes. You can also do some warm-up exercises. Always end your workout with a slow five-minute jog or walk to cool down. The cool-down allows your heart rate and blood pressure to fall gradually.
Use your breathing as your guide when running. You should be able to carry on a conversation while running, and your breathing shouldn’t be heavy. Don’t worry about your pace per mile—if you can pass the ' talk test ' and speak in complete sentences without gasping for air, then you’re moving at the right speed.
Make sure you’re breathing in through your nose and mouth, and breathing out through your mouth. Proper breathing and taking deep belly breaths will help you avoid annoying side stitches, or cramps in the abdomen area.
Drink water at the end of your workouts to rehydrate. If it’s hot and humid, you should also drink some water ( about four to six ounces ) halfway through your workouts.
Post-run is a great time to stretch and work on improving your flexibility because your groupes de muscles will be warmed up. It’s also a relaxing way to end a workout. Try some of these stretches that target particular areas that frequently get tight during and after course.