Do you love to run, but it’s 32 degrees or below? You may think that when winter comes you’d be crazy to go outside and run. However, with the right gear, you can enjoy your favorite hobby and not miss a step!
You need to remember that when you start running, you will heat up very quickly, so the frigid weather won’t feel as cold once you get moving. But when you stop running, you will cool down much more quickly than you would in the summer. So, you need to prepare in a very specific way.
Here is are ultimate list for your much-needed winter running gear.
Calculate Your Running Temperature
The first thing to do is to calculate what you will feel like when you are running to acertain the clothing you need to wear. To calculate this temperate, you will be adding between 10 and 20 degrees to the temperature outside (this works during warmer weather too!), depending on your size and intensity of the workout.
If you are petite or your workout won’t be very intense, you can add about 10 degrees. However, if you are large or if you are doing a very long or intense run, then add 20 degrees. And remember that you need to take account the wind chill, so use the lower temperature (the “Feels Like” temp) when making your calculations.
After that, it’s all about the layers! Here’s what you will need:
- If you are a lady, you will want to start off with a wicking bra or wicking tank made out of a breathable and comfortable material.
- You will need Running tights or pants. You want a pair that is warm and a little thicker than what you would wear in the spring or summer.
- Either a medium-weight or heavy-weight long sleeve tech shirt, depending on how cold the weather is. This is your base layer.
- An insulating layer above your base layer. Something made of fleece or a comfortable hoodie will be good.
- A jacket that is windproof and waterproof
- Mittens or running gloves
- A Hat. Make sure that it’s light weight so that your head doesn’t get too sweaty while you run.
- Headband to cover ears
- Running socks made of wool or wicking socks. You want these to reach up to your knee in order to keep your calves warm.
- You want water-resistant, but breathable running shoes so that you don’t get your feet wet from the snow or water.
- If the conditions outside are snowy or wet, you will want some running grips or ice cleats for your shoes, in order to prevent you from slipping and falling.
- A fleece neck warmer might be your best friend. It won’t only keep your neck and chest warm, but it will prevent that horrible, burning sensation of the cold air filling up your lungs.
- And don’t forget the sunblock! It may be winter, but the sun is still shining, even if you can’t see it. The clouds and any snow will magnify the dangerous UV rays from the sun. So, unless you are running in Alaska, you want to remember to protect your face.
You can start off your run with all of your layers, but if you warm up, you can always take some layers off. That’s why it’s important to be prepared. If you wear something too heavy right off the top, you will be too hot but unable to take things off because you will be left in the cold. Also remember, when you start of your run go against the wind and when you are winding your run down, run with the wind at your back. Happy running!