Running in winter can be some of the most peaceful and beautiful thing to do, but if you are not appropriately dressed, they can also be rather annoying. Keeping an eye on the weather forecast can help you make smarter decisions.
One of the most frequent mistakes people make is wearing too much and not being able to drop any layers during the run. Avoid bulky and baggy clothes, or you might be giving attention to adjusting and trying to be comfortable more than focusing on the run itself.
Think light, but well-made. Many running brands make clothing specific for winter running that is a lightweight but thick and warm material that won’t cause any chafing or make you colder during your run.
Some essentials for winter running:
- light hat or beanie
- light gloves
- medium-weight base layer
- lighter wind-resistant jacket
- spandex tights
- wool running socks
As for your feet, a pair of thick spandex under a pair of running pants or shorts will make sure that heat doesn’t leave and will wick the sweat, so you don’t freeze.
Socks might be the most crucial part. If your toes get cold during your run, it’ll make you want to turn around and go home in a hurry. A pair of wool socks specific for running are non-negotiable for cooler-weather runs. Depending on how much snow and ice you are running on, you might want to buy in a pair of running shoe support attachments to reduce your risk of slipping if icy or snowy conditions are possible in your region.
Winter running has its fair share of variables, so if it is unusually cold out, you might want to put on a second base layer and a warmer pair of socks. If it’s windy or snowy, you might want to wear a pair of sunglasses or ski goggles, so your vision isn’t impaired. If you are in high-motorized traffic areas, be sure to wear bright reflective colors as well as some pedestrian lights, making you visible to others.
Be safe on the runs, and praises on your dedication to running even though the elements may not be in your favor.