Winter Running: Brr, it’s cold outside!
by Coach Jenni Nettik
The hardest part of running in the winter is getting out the door! Just do it–and you’ll feel great. Having the proper gear also helps keep you comfortable while running. It doesn’t take much, but we do have a few recommended items.
For starters, here are a few winter running tips:
1. Always dress in layers!
2. You should be slightly chilly when you head out the door–that’s the hard part!
3. Be visible, choose gear with reflective touches so you can be seen during the short days.
4. After your run, change out of your damp clothes quickly (dry shoes & socks feel great, even if only for a car ride).
Here’s are some links to our favorite winter gear:
Your summer shirts are perfect!
Running Tank or Short Sleeve
Tight long sleeve tops trap in the heat. Thumb holes & sleeve cuffs help keep your hands warm.
This is a favorite, it’s thin, but toasty!
Long Sleeve Athletic Top
Many people only needed this when it’s below freezing, windy or humid!
Perfect layer for after a run, during a freezing run, or cross-country skiing (sometimes runners do cross-train).
They keep your feet warm, even when wet!
Helpful for slick or snow covered surfaces. Waterproof & Goretex are probably unnecessary in dry place like Colorado.
Trail Running Shoes
Gloves & Mittens
Need a couple layers?
Have good circulation? These may be enough!
Always have cold hands? Wear your ski gloves (& some hand warmers too)!
Hat or Headband:
Keep your ears warm & trap in heat by wearing a hat! A hat with brim keeps snow out of your eyes too.
Winter Hat with Brim
If you tend to over-heat, a headband may work better for you!
Warm the air before your breath it, cover your nose, mouth & chin.
If you’re lucky enough to run in the daylight, protect your eyes from the sun, snow & glare.
If you’re running at night be seen!
An easy addition to any outfit!
Flashing Arm Band
Did we miss anything? How do you stay warm in the winter?