Hello divas! I hope you had a great start to your week and a great Halloween. Mine has been pretty great and we had a good number of trick or treaters this year. I think the warmer weather had a little something to do with it. But it looks like the weather will get cooler again starting this weekend. Which is great since I have my last half marathon of the year in Savannah on Saturday. I am excited to get to dig out at least some of my colder weather running gear. With the colder weather getting started, I thought that today would be a great chance to share some of my clothing essentials for running in cold weather. Depending on where you live and personal preference, the clothing you wear on a run when the temps dip will differ. But there are some essentials that every runner should have in their wardrobe so that they are ready no matter what the weather looks like outside.
A warm baselayer – This could be as simple as a long sleeve t-shirt and athletic pants. However, I highly suggest shirts and tights as they are made of materials that wick moisture away from the body which will keep you warm while you are on your run. This baselayer is all you will need as long as there is no precipitation and it is above freezing.
Outerwear – When the temps start dipping below freezing and/or there is precipitation, you will need to add layers to your running clothing. A weather proof running jacket or athletic vest is perfect for this. The idea is to keep your core warm and protect your body from any rain/snow/sleet/wind, etc. that could crop up while your outside.
Socks – I am a big believer of wearing running socks when you run as they are often made of synthetic materials that wick away moisture and fit so that there is no friction and, thus, no blisters. In cold weather, I look for socks made of wool to keep my feet toasty warm. They wick away that moistures, are fitted to each foot and are made of merino wool to keep your feet feeling great no matter the weather outside.
Headwear – It is essential that you wear something that will protect your head from the cold and elements. On the more brisk days, a cap or hat will suffice. Once the mercury dips below freezing, I bring out my thermal beanie to keep the heat in and the elements out.
Gloves – A good pair of running gloves are a good idea once the weather gets really cold or nasty to keep your fingers and hands warm. Look for the ones that also allow you to use your cell phone if you run with yours like I do.
Reflectors- With the cold weather also comes shorter days which means you are more likely to run in partial or total darkness. You will need to have something that will allow drivers to see you in the dark. Most running shoes and clothing will have some reflective material which helps. I love my light up armband which lights up hot pink and you can see these lights from about a quarter of a mile away. Between the reflective properties on my clothes and shoes, the lighted armband and the fact that I run against traffic, oncoming traffic gets a pretty good look at me.
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