Top Tips for Winter Running and Training
When the weather cools and the days get shorter, sometimes it takes all my motivation to get out there and head out for a run. Since I love running outside, rarely do I opt for the treadmill unless I am travelling and there is a hotel fitness center. How does one navigate running and training in the cold?
There are easy tips to weather the chilly months – one of the most important being proper apparel and gear to help runners stay warm, dry and motivated!
Cold weather doesn’t have to halt your running regimen – in fact, this is the perfect season to focus on speedwork, boost energy levels and maintain fitness.
Make sure to follow these easy tips for winter running:
1/ Dress appropriately – Layering up is key. You want to dress warm enough, but not overdress. That is why layering works so well. Wear sweat wicking tops so that it will suck the moisture off your body and help to keep you warm. Wear bottoms that are lined with fleece on the inside to keep your legs warm. If it is raining or snowing, you will want to wear bottoms that are wind and waterproof. If you are running in the dark, make sure to always wear reflective clothing so that motorists will be able to see you.
Make sure to wear gloves and a hat. A warm, insulated hat will make all the difference and keep the heat within your body.
Here is a list of my favorite winter time gear for both men and women:
Athleta High Traverse Tight, $89 – I loved these tights for the high rise and wide waistband, which fit comfortably without riding up or down during long runs. Also the reflective trim on the back of the pant made me feel secure running in the dark.
Athleta Wind Sprint Vest, $168 – I love this vest because not only does it keep me warm, it’s super fashionable. The vest features features Primaloft Eco insulation with a packable hood with reflective details. Just when you think it can’t get better – its water-resistant!
Athleta Spectrum Sonar Tight, $89 – This tight is made of compression fabric which hugs you in without feeling uncomfortable. The wide waistband is super flattering and I find myself not only running in these tights, but also doing Yoga and Pilates.
Athleta Remarkawool Turtleneck, $84 – The turtleneck is a great base layer which will keep you warm and comfortable on those chilly morning runs. What makes this top even better is that it is washable Merino Wool, which means that it is easy to care for!
Lululemon Extra Mile Jacket, $228 – I LOVE this jacket! Not only is it adorable, it is functional since it is water- repellent, made with fleece fabric to retain heat, but allows for ease of movement. The best part is there is an insert which can be removed for warmer days!
Lululemon Brushed Speed Tight, $108 – The speed tight is made with Brushed Full-On Luxtreme® fabric, which is four-way stretch, sweat-wicking and offers great support and coverage with a cozy-soft feel. It is a higher rise, which provides coverage and comfort when running.
Road Runner Sports Second Wind Front Tight, $74.99 – The wind has nothing on these tights! They fit perfectly and keep me warm, but the back of the pant is stretchy fabric, which adds comfort.
Road Runner Sports Layer Up Quilted Half Zip, $69.99 – The pink version of this ½ zip is very fashionable without sacrificing warmth and comfort. The added texture of the quilting adds to the novelty of the top.
Lululemon Surge Warm Long Sleeve, $98 – Men will appreciate the discreet reflective details along with comfortable fabric that is four-way stretch and sweat-wicking.
Lululemon Surge Warm 1/2 Zip, $108 – This top will keep you warm and visible for early morning or late night runs.
Lululemon Surge Light Tight, $98 – These tights are great for layering underneath shorts for sprints or long runs.
Brooks Men's Hideout Jacket, $149.99 – This jacket provides protection from wind and rain along with stowable hood.
Road Runner Sports Men's R-Gear Trail Blazing Track Pant, $59.99 – Sweat-wicking with tear-proof mesh side panels, this pant has Reflective ankle zips for easy on and off.
Road Runner Sports Men's R-Gear Training Day Long Sleeve, $34.99 – Long sleeve shirt helps keep runners warm and dry.
Road Runner Sports Grid Fleece Beanie, $17.99 – The thermal fleece of the beanie will keep you warm.
Turtle Fur's Double layer micro fur beanie, $23 – This beanie keeps me warm on long cold runs because the Micro Fur™ Pontetorto TecnoFleece™ is made of soft, durable fleece.
2/ Warm Up – Initially when you get outside, it will be cold, so it helps to do some jumping jacks and pushups to warm up the body. Or, walk briskly for 3-5 minutes before you begin to run.
3/ Stay hydrated - when running in the cold, sometimes you don’t sweat as much, but it is deceptive to think you don’t need to drink as much water.
4/ Run with a group to stay motivated! Having fun on your workouts will create lifelong consistency and a positive attitude towards health and fitness.
Winter running can be enjoyable and fun – a great way to get stronger while we wait for spring to round the corner.
As with winter running and training, there are also the indoor activities such as Yoga, Pilates and weight training. I have found transitioning from Savasana to the car without proper gear can make life not so great. That’s why I believe investing in “to and from” pieces is important.
Lululemon Down for It Jacket, $248 – This jacket is awesome! Made with 700-fill power goose down that is lightweight and super cozy, the jacket has a removeable hood.
Athleta Responsible Down Vest, $148 – This vest is great for layering over tops because it is warm enough, but not overwhelming. Made with responsibly sourced down, the vest is water and wind – resistant!
Athleta Jacquard Elevation Pullover, $98 – The kangaroo pockets are perfect for lounging and the quilted jacquard is a beautiful texture. The funnel neck keeps me cozy and warm.
Athleta Funnel Fleece, $89 – The top is adorable without sacrificing function. The funnel neck and fleece fabric keeps me warm in a very flattering fit. I have this in the Soft Lilac color, which is simply gorgeous.
Athleta Cobra Tight, $98 – These are not your average tights – the fabric feels like butter on your skin and provides UPF protection along with sweat-wicking properties. The leg details at the bottom of these tights are reminiscent of ballerinas and plies.
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