Cold Weather Running Essentials
Running is your exercise escape. As the weather gets colder, be sure you have the right gear to keep your outdoor run enjoyable.
Running In Lighter Weather
Layering is the top choice for running in these types of conditions. This allows you to adjust to the weather as your run goes along.
A must have is the Nike Dri-FIT Element 1/2 Zip Long Sleeve Shirt. There is a new line of hooded options for those who do not like zippers on the collar. For layering, stick to a Pro Cool shirt beneath the Nike 1/2 zip. If the weather is a little chillier, substitute for a cotton tee. Tights are a simple standard for runners because of the movability and warming properties. Black is the preferred color, however accent colors are starting to become more prevalent.
Running In Colder Weather
The general rule is to dress 15-20 degrees warmer than the actual temperature. This is because your body temperature will rise after you start to run.
For a looser fit, the UA 1/4 zip with wind resistant material is a great choice. If you are looking for a compression style, the Nike Hyperwarm long sleeve compression shirt is the way to go. However, any insulated long sleeve shirt would get the job done. The Sphere Max Hoodie is a nice surprise for those who want to trap body heat without the need for a lot of layers. Compression-fitting fleece sweatpants with a layering of Lycra is currently the pant of choice.
Hats, gloves, and socks are the main focus when it comes to outdoor running accessories. Ears are the most important thing. Sometimes having a hat builds sweat which can turn into frost and not help warmth at all. However, ear muffs have proven to come in handy on those windy days.
Gloves are a personal opinion. However, wearing gloves allows the blood to stay in your heart, legs and lungs, thus keeping your body warm.
Keep your feet warm in a SmartWool sock. Typically, a medium weight is best because it is so cushy inside the shoe and it just feels better. SmartWool socks are always a warm choice and the wool is made to wick sweat away so it eliminates frost from forming.
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