Gearing Up For Winter Running

A co-worker of mine who recently became interested in running asked me if I keep run through the winter. When I told her yes, she asked me if I could give her some advice about gear. This was an online chat so I responded with a list and… well… I got a little carried away. I broke it down into 10 degree temperature ranges. After putting all that work into it, I figured I might as well post it here as well so here it is.

TemperatureAbove/Below
the Waist
Clothing
50° to 60°abovelong sleeve running shirt
belowshorts or thin running tights  
normal socks
40° to 50°abovetight compression shirt
long sleeve running shirt
belowthin running tights
normal socks
30° to 40°abovewinter running hat
tight compression shirt
running jacket
thin running gloves
belowthin running tights
normal socks  
20° to 30°abovewinter running hat
tight compression shirt
long sleeve running shirt
running jacket
thick running mittens
belowthick running tights
thick socks  
Below 20°abovewinter running hat
facemask
tight compression shirt
long sleeve running shirt
sweatshirt
running jacket
thin running gloves
thick running mittens
belowthin running tights
thick running tights
two pairs of thick socks

I would say that the goal is to dress in a lot of layers and adjust as you go. It also helps to wear tight clothing in the winter and stay away from baggy gear. It just feels better to not have heavy, floppy clothing on while you run.

As for shoes, I typically wear the same shoes that I wear in the summer although I try to stay off of sidewalks and run in the street whenever it is safe. If I can not run on clean pavement, I have two options. Either lace up some trail running shoes or strap a pair of Yaktrax-style cleats to my normal running shoes.

The cleats are amazing on ice but not so great for pavement or cement. Whenever I wear them, I find myself seeking out ice! The cleats also feel awkward so five miles I don’t go over five miles while wearing them. I only wear regular or trail shoes for anything beyond five mile.

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