There is an entire world of running that never has to think about sub-zero temperatures, frostbite, snow or what I like to call the post-run rigor that comes from running outside in North Dakota (I’m look at YOU, Florida).
There is another subset of runners than think you should never run in anything but a pair of shorts. I adore them, but they are either a) crazier than me or b) faster than me or c) both. I get for-real cold and I haven’t even experienced anything colder that 20 degrees Fahrenheit yet. Therefore, I need every piece of sweat-wicking, waterproof, ice-grabbing cold weather running gear I can find (because you better believe I’m not giving up running because of a little frostbite.
As the winter approaches, I’ve got a list of things on my wish list to maintain my mileage as I train for the New Year’s Double Marathons in Allen, TX!
These beauties will help me to keep traction on the icy roads. From the reviews I’ve read, these allow the runner to maintain their form with sending one flying on particularly slippery ice. A must have.
Lululemon Speed Tights *Cozy
Edited: I am no longer comfortable supporting Lululemon products. The owner has made several anti-feminist comments that do not promote the positive and inclusive message that a fitness brand I support should employ.
In the spirit of full-disclosure, I want everything Lulu has ever made. But I love their running tights. My original pair kept me sweat free and warm through the very cold, windy and wet Seattle Marathon in 2012. They are simply awesome.
Okay, so I already own one of these (I’m wearing it in the picture above, under the UA hoodie) but I want another (+ three). This turtle actually goes up over your face, with mesh so you can still breath. It is comfortable and gives me a spy-like smoothness when I run. I need one in every colors. Stat.
I don’t think I need to explain why I need this… but I will. This jacket has nylon to protect me from the wind, is still made of stretch-y material so it moves with me and it is warm! A perfect cold weather outer layer!
5. Brooks Utopia 3-in-1 Mitten. My fingers are the first thing (after my nose and ears) to feel frozen, and gloves just don’t cut it. Theses mittens from Brooks have it all: “Smart layering means longer runs. Keep your hands perfectly warm from cool to frigid weather with this liner and shell combination you can wear three ways.” Yes, please!
Do you venture outside when the weather drops below freezing? How do you stay warm?