I’ve asked many of the runners in my local running group this question and the number one tip that has been repeated over and over again is:
If you feel warm and comfortable at the beginning of your run, then you’re wearing too much.
You should feel chilly when you start your run, but not shivering cold. Your body will warm up once you get moving.
Four Cold Weather Running Essentials for Me:
Note: Keep in mind that I live in Arkansas, not Alaska.
(1) Cold Gear Top – I bought the Under Armour Cold Gear Fitted Long-sleeve Mock. It worked great! It has a soft inner lining that wicks the sweat away and keeps you warm. I know there a lot of different brands out there that offer cold gear. I just went with Under Armour.
I either wore a zip-up jacket over the top or a long-sleeved t-shirt. Another idea would be to wear a fleece vest over the top. Especially if you don’t like your arms feeling bulky or weighted down.
(2) Running Tights – Yes, I know. I just heard you groan.
Believe me. I understand.
I feel like a total fatty in running tights. It’s like every dimple and jiggle is amplified . . . BUT they’re really great at keeping your legs at just the right temperature. You could always throw on a pair of running shorts or a running skirt over the top.
(3) Gloves – I bought this pair at Academy Sports and they did the job. I wash them on delicate and let them air dry.
(4) Fleece Headband – I bought one for about five dollars from the sports store.
What is some of your favorite gear for cold weather running? Do you have any tips you would like to share?