The temperatures have officially turned cold and that means it is time to pack away the running shorts and sweat-wicking heat-gear t-shirts in favor of some more cold-weather appropriate styles. For me, running outdoors in the cold in a million times harder than running in the heat and humidity of the summer. I don’t like the way the cold makes it difficult to breath. I don’t like how I still sweat but manage to feel chilled to the bone by the time by cool-down is complete. I don’t like the way there never seem to be enough layers at the start of a run and then too dang many by the middle of a long run. It makes for some very difficult cold-weather running apparel decisions.
What To Wear When Running in the Cold:
Sports Bra – Honestly, this first piece of clothing could be the most important one when putting together an outfit. Not only can the right sports bra keep you warm but it also helps keep everything in place AND avoid the annoying (aka sometimes embarrassing ‘headlights look.’ I prefer a sweat-wicking, padded racer-back, like sports bra from Sweaty Betty.
Long-Sleeved Shirt – While this is rarely enough, it works well at the beginning of the cold season and turns into the perfect layering piece as things cool down even more with the arrival of snow. I prefer the fitted cold-gear technology ones that help maintain your natural body heat. But I stay away from ones that are extremely tight aka cut off circulation. (I’ve had a bad experience with that.) My preferred long-sleeved tees are from UnderArmour.
All-Weather Jacket – Once the snow starts falling it’s a choice between staying dry by staying home or slipping into a jacket that will protect me from the icy-wet cold. An all-weather jacket that will insulate me from the inside and keep the wetness from seeping in is a must! Right now I’m loving this ladies running jacket from Sweaty Betty. Plus these have the added benefit of keeping my iPhone nice and dry while I run, letting me still track my pace and listen to music without worrying about water damage.
Compression Leggings – For me, I usually layer both the top and the bottom. The leggings that are designed to maintain your body temperature are idea and perfect for layering under a pair of running shorts, yoga pants or sweat pants depending on the coldness of the day. The key to purchasing these pants is making sure they are tight enough to stay in place during a run. A lot of the less expensive brands tend to stretch-out creating a very awkward run-pull-up-pants-run-some-more routine. Awkward! Again I refer to UnderArmour for these.
Running Shoes – I think running shoes are probably the most personal item of a runner wardrobe. I, for one, will only wear Asics. They are my favorite and I have yet to ever have a problem running in a pair of them. My sister, on the other hand, dislikes Asics and tends to go with shoes that are minimalistic. My dad loves Brooks. It all depends on your feet and personal preferences. But I’m still singing the praises of Asics! This is one of the pairs I’m running in these days.
Other accessories to keep in mind…. Socks, headband, iPhone band and headphones. Heck, I even know people who run with a scarf tied securely around their neck. I think this would feel like I was suffocating.