Snow is coming and you are thinking about running through the winter. Are you stumped as to what to wear so you stay comfortable and safe? Here is a rundown of the gear you absolutely need for running in winter.
This post contains affiliate links, which means if you click on a link and purchase something, I may get a small commission. This does not cost you anything.
If you live in Canada, and you are a runner, chances are you need to run, even in winter. I don’t shrug from the cold. In fact, it’s my favorite weather to run in. Ok, running in -20C isn’t my favorite, but when temperatures are hovering around 0C to -10C, running in winter is very enjoyable as long as you are wearing the right gear for running in winter. From experience, here are my suggestions.
Base Layer (Bottom)
Start with a base layer. This layer sits on your skin so you need something that’s going to wick away sweat to keep you dry and warm. Look for specialized material that will keep you warm such as the UnderArmour’s UA Base 4.0 leggings on the bottom. They are made of thermal grid fabric that traps heat in tiny pockets for long-lasting protection.
Base Layer (Top)
For a base layer on top, the rules are the same. Try something like UA ColdGear Long Sleeve Shirt. For tops, look for long sleeves shirts that have thumb holes since it helps to seal in you body heat. I also like shirts with raglan sleeves since they are more comfortable and are designed to give you the best range of motion.Here are some great tips from RunMommyRun for what to wear for Running in Winter Click To Tweet
For an outershell, look for fabrics that have advanced technology. You want something that will keep you dry, so water repellant is important, and it has to keep you warm at the same time. You also want to look for something that will be light weight as you don’t want to be weighted down while running. Breathability is also a factor you should be looking for in a running jacket. You want to keep the heat in, but you don’t want to overheat at the same time. A running jacket such as the UA ColdGear Infrared Softershet Jacket has the technology to cover all the bases. You might also want to pick a bright colour with some reflective qualities since in winter the days are shorter and there is a high possibility you will be running in the dark.
Your body loses most of its heat through your head, so keep yourself warm this winter with a beanie, or as the French Canadians call it, a touque. I have one similar to this UA Favroite Knit Beanie and I it works great for running for me. I gravitate towards black, but for the same reasons as the jacket, you might want to pick light/bright colours so you are more visible in the dark.
Obviously in the winter, you’ll want to keep your hands warm and protected your extremities from exposure. A great pair of running gloves, such as the UA No Breaks ColdGear INfrared Liner Gloves are an example. You can wear them on their own, or as a base layer. These particular gloves offer some great added features, such as a key pocket, Tech Touch print on thumbs and fingers allow you to use touch screen devices without taking your gloves off (so you can selfie and post without freezing your fingers) and have some reflective details so you are more visible in the dark.
And finally, one important and probably least thought of equipment that you absolutely need for running in winter are sunglasses. On those bright sunny days, the snow can be quite bright and reflect that sun right back into your eyes. Protect those peepers and prevent sun triggered migraines with a good pair of UV protecting sunglasses, like these UA Multiflection Sunglasses.
#MotivateMe Monday Link Up
Please join Janice and myself for our link-up if you want to share your fitness or nutrition plans and stay motivated too!Link up with @salads4lunch & @runmommyrunca #MotivateMe Monday if you need some motivation! Click To Tweet
My plan for workouts this week is super simple. I’m planning on resting EVERY SINGLE DAY. I won’t feel guilty about it either. I did better than expected this week as far as workouts. I even made it to the gym once, and ran at lunch once. However, this week, with the Christmas holidays quickly approaching, my To Do List is growing. I need to fit in time around my working hours simply to get things done. Here is my training plan for the week:
Weight Training at the Gym rest
30 min run rest
7 km run rest
PLEASE JOIN THE #MOTIVATEME LINK UP!
THE RULES ARE VERY SIMPLE:
- Every Monday share your fitness, nutrition plan etc by linking them up. All you will need is your post’s URL, and a photo you would like to attach.
- Posts that aren’t related will be deleted.
- In your post, we would love it if you mentioned that you’re participating in #MotivateMe Monday link up, and link back to the hosts Salads4Lunch and Run Mommy Run.
- Read what the other linkers are sharing, Visit at least 2 other bloggers’ posts and share some support by commenting and engaging with each other. The more you support, the more support you will get back.