(Closed) How should I dress for winter running? Help, runner bees!

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My preferred cold-weather gear is layers:

– dry-fit jacket, dry-fit long sleeve shirts, fleece vest (if it’s really cold I use this with the jacket; if only in the 40’s, I wear the vest but not the jacket), gloves, leg warmers (from a ballet/dance store), a neck gaiter, head band to cover your ears, and long running tights

You need to dress as if the temperature outside was 10-15 degrees warmer than it really is, because you’ll warm up fast.  Just keep running, add layers as needed throughout the season, and see how it goes.  Even during my runs in freezing temps, I’m not that bundled up.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Foreverblonde345:  One word: Layers. I would start off with a super comfy and supportive sports bra, and layer with a wicking dri-fit long sleeve. You can layer another dri-fit with a lining (I have a Nike one I am OBSESSED with) and then put on a waterproof shell (Lulu’s Nothing But Run Jacket is perfection.) Top it off with gloves that are also sweat-wicking, and head/ear protection. 

Tights – yours should be fine, unless they are really thin, like the Lulu Wunder Unders. I’d invest in a heavier pair. These Nikes aren’t bad

Avoid cotton socks – they will absorb water and stay wet, which means you’ll have freezing toes. Also, make sure your shoes aren’t an open mesh (my Nike Speed Lites are extremely light, but water would seep right in.) Getting a heavier lined shoe will keep your toes warm and dry.

This comes from running in Upstate NY winters, so I hope it helps!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

ooo good post, i am also new to running and afraid of the winter.. .I am from Canada and it gets pretty cold

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have a moisture-wicking zip up lightweight jacket.  I unzip a bit when I get warm, and if I take a water break or it starts snowing/raining I zip it up.

I also LOVE LOVE LOVE my over-the-ears band.  It even has a little pony tail hole 🙂

I second others’ suggestions to get running tights & dress in layers.

Also, invest in a reflective jacket & a head lamp since it’s often dark on winter runs.  I got my headlamp at REI for about $20 and the batteries made it through an entire marathon training season. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I used to be an avid runner and my favorite time to run was in the winter.  Because it’s cold out, it’s actually easier to run, IMO.  (Plus, your body has to burn more calories to keep your body warm – bonus!).

When I ran I wore a regular running outfit – long pants and a tshirt.  Then, over that I would wear a fleece (if it was super cold, sometimes I’d just have the tshirt) and then a thin, very light, but slightly puffy jacket that was white (because I usually ran when it was already dark) and had a pocket for my ipod.  Sometimes, instead of a fleece, I would use an underarmor under my t-shirt instead.  Depends on how cold it was!

I also had a pair of gloves that had the touch thing so I can use my ipod and ear warmers that had a plug to plug in my ipod so I can hear my music through them and not have to wear headphones instead. 

Trust me when I tell you that I actually would get hot and open up my jacket sometimes (I live in NY). 

I would NOT run when it was icy out, though. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think all the advice already given has been great. One thing not mentioned yet is something that I deal with when I go out running in the cold: difficulty breathing. I don’t think I have exercised-induced asthma or anything. But if it’s cold enough, I definitely feel my lungs burning well after the fact and cough for a few hours later running. It once caused a bronchitis or pneumonia so bad I gave up running for a couple of years out of fear. So people will then tell you to breathe in through your nose and out of your mouth. Well, problem for me is that my nose drips snot constantly in the cold. Even in temperatures as high as the 50’s or low 60’s, for some reason my nose likes to run (more than I do!). Makes breathing in through my nose very unpleasant if not downright impossible. Sooooo what I’ve discovered over various forums and magazines is this lovely mask that you can wear to warm and hydrate the air you are inhaling as you run. I’ve tried it in pretty cold temperatures and it works like a charm. Also comes in lighter and heavier weights depending on your temperature. Can’t say enough about it! Good luck!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@pfinarffle:  +1 on the face mask if its really cold! I find even an old school knit balaclava helps!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am in agreement with everyone! Layers!!!! I usually wear (on really cold days) tights under pants, long sleeve shirt, short sleeve over it, jacket, ear warmers, gloves, neck warmer (that doubles as a face mask for super cold days). 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

runners world website has a “what should i wear” app under ‘tools’ on the menu of their website.  it’s not bad if you’re going to run outdoors in conditions you havent run in before – you put in the temperature, weather conditions & what you like to feel (if you like to feel warm/cool) and then it tells you what you should be wearing and why.

and please be careful if you’re running when it’s dark too 🙂

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Another tip for the really cold days is to take warm water or tea with you in your water bottle.  I find that this soothes my throat when hydrating during the run.  

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Layers! Buy good thermal pants that could go under your regular running pants. I try to get ones that wick moisture as well so your sweat or slosh from snow doesn’t stay there. Same goes with tops. I always buy one or two thermal tops and layer my regular running long sleeve shirts over them. I also buy cheap sweatshirts that I can toss of and not care about if I need to discard them at a race or on a run. Oh! And gloves, socks, and hats. DO NOT WEAR COTTON. 

If you’re in a snowy climate, I suggest Yak Traks that go on your shoes. They help you run on slippery surfaces, though they do take some getting used to. But they are miracle workers and pretty inexpensive. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

I have a pair of Underarmour running pants that are lined with something that feels fleecy. They are not tights, though I prefer these massively. It feels like comfy sweatpants or something without being so frumpy, and they keep me insanely warm. I’ll try to find what exactly they are, because I could not recommend them enough!! 

I used to run in Philly all through the winter and was usually fine with gloves (cheap ones from the dollar store) and either an ear warmer or a hat. For the head gear, I’d spend a little extra and get the techy running type of things to make sure I was warm but not drowning in sweat or anything. It’s really peaceful running in the winter, and when you get some snow flurries along the way it’s so cozy and nice and I love it!! I’m in London now, which means I can run through the winter without having to bundle too much. I prefer it, but I do miss the snow flurries along the river trail! 

I second the rec for Runner’s World’s “what to wear” tool. 

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