Winter Running Gear: what to wear when it gets cold!
While it's been a mild fall, the temperatures are dropping quickly, and having the right winter running gear can make getting out the door in the early morning much easier! There's nothing worse than stepping outside and feeling unprepared for the windchill. I've gone through my closet and gathered my all-time favorite winter running gear. Let's take a look!
For your head, face and ears
Question for those I've been friends with for a while: who remembers these photos? ;) One of my favorite days ever. Jon proposed at the end of my long run in the snow. That North Face beanie, though! I've seriously had it for 7 years. And I appreciate that it isn't so sporty so I can wear it with regular clothes as well. Get a similar beanie to mine here.
On days when I also need to either cover my face, too, or I just want an ear cover, I opt for my Buff. This is probably my favorite piece of winter running gear! It can be worn so many different ways, including over your face when it's suuuuper cold. And they have a million patterns and colors. This isn't my favorite pattern but it was on sale haha so whatever. I seriously love it, though!
Best jackets, vests, and gloves
The photo of me above is actually a pretty accurate display of some of my favorite winter running gear! A warm jacket and a pair of waterproof mittens, and I am set. That Nike zip up is awesome (get a similar one here), and has held up for 5 years. I also have a super cute black Lululemon jacket that I wear for even colder runs. I also swear by my Saucony mittens!
Looking for a lightweight and breathable vest? I LOOOOVE my Oiselle vest in the photo above!
Running tights are worth the investment. I promise!
Yes, running tights are expensive. I have tried buying cheaper ones in hopes they would still do the trick. Nope. Chafing, sagging, and general discomfort. Just not worth it. Buy one or two pairs and they will last you for years! I have 3 pairs of tights from Lululemon. I'm definitely open to other brands, I've just found they are always reliable and very high quality. I've worn them for 4 winters now!
Keep your feet warm!
I am a fan of wearing compression socks WITH running tights. On super cold days, it's an extra layer, and it also works with capri tights. My favorite brand of wool socks is Smart Wool. So comfy and my feet never sweat!