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3 Essentials for Cold Weather Running

1/19/2021 - Jami Lewin - Running


If you are a runner, then chances are that you are not going to let cold weather stop you from hitting the pavement even on the chilliest of days this winter.

However, before you head out into the cold, it is imperative that you make sure you are prepared with the proper equipment to keep you warm and safe out there in the elements.

Here is our list of our top three essentials when it comes to winter running gear:

1. Gloves

While every runner owns multiple pairs of jogging tights, plenty of beanies, and a variety of windbreaker jackets, some runners neglect to consider additional protection for their hands for cold weather jogs.

As an extremity, your hands are one of the first places that will become cold and clammy if your body is prioritizing the energy that it is spending on body heat. So, leaving your hands exposed while out on a winter run is a double negative.

Running with your hands in your pockets or inside your sleeves will negatively impact your form, so it is best to opt for a great pair of gloves to help you to keep an even body temperature and maintain good circulation throughout your run.

2. The Right Shoes

When it comes to footwear, your running shoes should change along with the seasons. Your summer running shoes probably offer great ventilation, but that is not what you are looking for in a great winter running shoe.

During the wintertime, you want to make sure that your running shoes are adequately waterproof. Cold, wet socks are not only uncomfortable to run in, but they can also lead to foot injuries and blisters or the early stages of frostbite.

Additionally, you will want to make sure that your winter running shoes have great tread on them, as you are much more likely to encounter slippery or frictionless surfaces due to snow and ice.

For these reasons, your winter running shoes are likely to be heavier than your summer running shoes, but the added comfort and safety will be worth it.

3. Reflective Gear

Winter not only means that the days will be colder, but it also means that they will be shorter as well. Therefore, you will want to make sure that at least some of your winter running gear is reflective, as you will likely find yourself running during the dusk and dawn hours on short winter days.

You could simply add a reflective vest to any outfit to instantly increase your visibility while running in the early morning or late evening hours. That way, all your favorite running sweaters and jackets will become safe to wear on a dark winter run. However, you could also buy a jacket specifically made with reflective material for just such runs.

Alternatively, you can always opt for reflective accessories such as gloves or hats instead of wearing the reflective gear on your torso.

With these essential items, winter running can be both safe and enjoyable.


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