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How to Keep You Legs Warm on Winter Runs

Disclaimer: I received a pair of 2XU Hyoptik tights to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

It’s January and I’m still running outside. Last year I took the winter months ‘off’ of running because I couldn’t fathom the idea of running in the cold, wind & rain. Sure, I live in the PNW, so our weather is not as extreme as some other areas of the USA, but it is certainly not ideal running weather. This year I signed up for a few winter races, so I am training outdoors. Like I mentioned last week, winter running conditions can be tough, but thankfully there are a lot of great products to make it more tolerable. IMG_1024

I have long legs and I am always cold, so finding a way to keep my legs warm in cold temps was a must. A pair of regular leggings just wasn’t cutting it, so when I was introduced to the 2XU hyoptik  thermal compression tights, they became another one of my winter running must-haves. Not only do you get all the benefits of a compression tight, these thermal tights are lined with fleece so they keep you nice and warm. The fleece is not bulky or hot, they feel like other leggings I own, yet are much warmer. Unlike some other thermal leggings I have tried, these are really comfortable and easy to move in. They also have reflective logos so you are more visible in low lights. This is super important year around, but especially in winter when the days are so short. IMG_0472.JPG

With our temps in the PNW, wearing these tights alone keeps me plenty warm. The coldest I have worn these in is 30 degrees.  Some of my BibRavePro buddies that live in colder places have used the hyoptik tights as a base layer with a pair of sweats over and stayed plenty warm. IMG_0882.JPG

For me, the hyoptik compression tights have really cut the wind chill I used to feel on runs. I really feel warm and toasty after the first half mile. Once my muscles warm up, these tights keep them insulated. It’s not a stuffy insulated, however, the hyoptik tights are still breathable. They let the sweat out and keep the warmth in! IMG_1114.JPG

The hyoptik tights are not only functional, but they are also very comfortable. They have a thick waistband that doesn’t cut in and sits very comfortably on runs & zero chaffing with the flat seams. They are also great to wear for recovery if you are out and about on a chilly day. The 2XU hyoptik tights would also be a great base layer for snow sports! Since I dislocated my shoulder the last time I was on the mountain, I have not tried this yet, but next time I go, I will be wearing my 2XU!IMG_0801.JPG

I am so thankful to have added these to my running wardrobe this season. They have made winter runs much more tolerable and allow me to get out and train on a regular basis. These will be my go to tights until the weather warms back up.IMG_1012.PNG

If you aren’t a fan of full length tights, 2XU also makes these in a 7/8 tight and a crop. Check out the 2XU Hyoptik collection HERE.

Do you take your workouts outdoors in the winter? 

Stay Sweaty!


Wanna read more? Check out what other BibRavePros thought

Frank // Mark // Cass // Jessica 

Running in the Cold? You Need This!

Disclaimer: I received a Buff Hoodie to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Freezing temps, piercing wind, cold air & a chance of rain. Why did running thru the winter sound like a good idea? I have asked myself this multiple times this year. Haha. Winter running can really put you to the test, but thankfully there are a lot of running equipment & accessories out there that make it more pleasant and allow us to keep doing what we love even when the weather wants to stop us.  

So what is this you ask?
It’s a Buff, it’s a hoodie… it’s a Buff hoodie


It’s all the amazingness of a Buff, with a hoodie attached to keep you protected and warm. It’s not your average hoodie either! The hood is Polartec® Thermal Pro® material that is wind resistant and keeps your warm. There is a double layer Buff that covers your neck and a single layer collar that can be pulled up to cover your nose and mouth. These are made of merino wool. This special wool keeps your warm up in the coldest of temperatures, but also lets the moisture out and dries quick, which means it is great for cold & sweaty activities!

IMG_0955We have been having an extra cold winter here in the PNW, and this Buff hoodie has really helped to keep me warm on many different occasions. It is so comfortable, you almost forget it is there! 

IMG_0875When running, the hood stays up on your head even without securing it. (the pic above is an action running shot & that hood is not going anywhere!)  I love it because it is like a built in hat. You pull the hood up when you want extra warmth. If you overheat, you just pull it back down.

on this run I had a built in hat with my hoodie and built in gloves!!! Most convenient running ever!

It’s amazingly functional, not to mention extremely stylish! You can use it during outdoor workouts, take it on a hike, hit the slopes OR take it to the streets.

IMG_0818The pic above was on NYE. It was below freezing that night. My Buff Hoodie had super cute street style & kept me warm. 

The Buff Hoodie allows you to turn ANY shirt or jacket into a hoodie, which is amazing in my book. It has made my cold runs a lot more pleasant and a lot more fun. I will definitely be using this thru the Spring. The merino wool is warm but breathable, unlike fleece, so you can use it in a wider range of temperatures. It’s an awesome accessory to have added to my running collection & I can’t wait to take it on more adventures with me. 

I definitely recommend it. It will make those cooler runs much more enjoyable, and it’s cute! You can shop the exact one I have HERE(it comes in other colors too!)


What is your must have for running in the cold???

Stay Sweaty!!

Don’t just take it from me… check out what my fellow BibRavePros thought about the Buff Hoodie!

Jen S // Amy // Heather// Gina

Cold Weather Running Essentials

The cold weather is officially HERE. Are you ready?
*this is NOT a sponsored post*

I don’t mean to be so dramatic, but here’s the thing about the cold/rain: if you aren’t prepared, it’s HORRIBLE. If you are prepared, it’s at least tolerable and at times, pleasant. 

Based my experience this last week and a half, I have compiled a list of winter/cold weather running essentials to make enjoying runs in the cold more enjoyable for us newbies. 

I’m such a sucker for sunshine, even when it is 30 degrees outside and sunny (like it has been lately) I still want to be outside. If I can’t be outside, I try to be by a window.  
While I am not training for any races until Spring, I do want to keep up my running & speed. After a suggestion from one of my Instagram besties, I decided that running 1-2 times a week would be doable. I will run at least a 5K (3.1 miles) those days, possibly more. With this sunshine I have not had a problem getting motivated to go out. Then I get outside and I FREEZE despite my efforts to cover up. 

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This was the first try, I wore a long sleeve running top, compression tights and gloves. I was freezing until the start of the 3rd mile. Beautiful day/weather, but my “cold weather” gear was more like fall gear. Not appropriate for winter like temps. Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 11.49.48 AM This was attempt #2. I wore lined leggings (not yoga and not compression – slightly thicker) and a sweatshirt top. The sweatshirt was not wicking and as soon as I started sweating it wasn’t comfortable. It was looser fitting which also didn’t help keep me warm. My lips got horribly chapped after the first mile & my nose was running like crazy. There was so much wind this day it was almost unbearable. So I told myself “just run 2 miles and go home”. 

FINALLY yesterday (Sunday) I managed to get it right –Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 11.48.34 AMThis time I wore a long sleeve running shirt, a vest, running gloves with tech fingers so I could change music on my phone (better than your average glove, see below), my lined leggings and a neck warmer that can also cover my nose/mouth if needed. I still need a hat, ear warmer or ear muffs. I have my eye on an under armor hat (below)

YAY! I ran 3.21 miles without majorly suffering! Of course the first half mile is a little chilly, but once you get warmed up it’s all good & I was able to enjoy the rest of the run. 

Here is my list of essentials for cold weather running by categories. (Keep in mind we don’t get much snow here)

Long sleeve tops

why I love them: because they are enough to keep you warm without having to shed layers mid run. I don’t like to have to tie things around my waist if I can avoid it. I pair a long sleeve with a vest & I’m set!Under Armour Women's UA Cozy Crew Shimmer


 Under Armour Women’s UA Cozy Crew Shimmer – stylish & warm! Also has thumb holes! 


Under Armour Women's ColdGear® Infrared Devo Hoodie


Under Armour Women’s ColdGear® Infrared Devo Hoodie – cute print and the awesome Infrared technology with a hood.


Under Armour Women's UA ColdGear® Infrared CrewUnder Armour Women’s UA ColdGear® Infrared Crew – I LOVE this one! It isn’t crazy thick, and it has the Infrared technology which is amazing at holding in body heat. Its a silver print on the inside of the shirt, not even noticeable, and it keeps you warm! I want on in every color!
                                                                     (only downside:no thumb holes)

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Zella “Z6” Long Sleeve Tee 
this is super flattering & warm! Could easily wear this top as “street wear” too. I love pieces that can do double duty like that!




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Lululemon Think Fast Long Sleeve – another one of my favs! Cozy, thick enough to keep you warm but not stuffy. Flattering cut and super comfy! Could wear alone with no vest. 

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Lululemon Run For Gold Long Sleeve – love the extra ventilation in this warm top. If you get really sweaty (like me) this one is great for warmth and breathability in one. 



why I only picked a vest: with a vest, your core stays warm. Pair it with a long sleeve and your arms are warm enough too. As long as your core is warm, the rest of your body will warm up too.

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Zella Momentum Vest – I have this vest in a different color, it’s reflective which is great this time of year. It’s also not super bulky and will keep you insulated and warm! Fits nicely and is long enough even for a longer torso like mine. 



why I love them: keep your legs nice and warm without being too heavy. The tight fit ensures that no cold air will be bothering your leg muscles. 

Under Armour Women's ColdGear® Infrared Tactical LeggingUnder Armour Women’s ColdGear® Infrared Tactical Legging 
SO COMFY! love these because they have the infrared technology. This is so great because unlike fleece lined leggings, there is NO extra bulk but you get the extra warmth you want and need. It    
                                                                     works with your body  to keep you
                                                                        warm & you don’t drown in sweat. 

Under Armour Women's ColdGear® Devo LeggingUnder Armour Women’s ColdGear® Devo Legging
Lined leggings with a super fun print. It you love loud, printed leggings (like me) but need some to keep you warm, these are perfect!


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Zella “Live In” Reversible Leggings
 these aren’t lined or winterized in anyway, but they do keep me warm. I would’t wear them in snow or freezing temps, but they are great for either indoor or outdoor use. They come in lots of fun colors and will keep you insulated, just not as much as the other 2 listed above. Comfy and flattering cut.



why I love them: as someone pointed out to me on Instagram (love the running community there) keeping your extremities warm (and your core) is the keep to feeling warm! 

Under Armour Women's UA Coffee Run BeanieUnder Armour Women’s UA Coffee Run Beanie – how cute is this knit beanie?? It also has the Infrared technology on the inside, so it will keep you warmer than your average knit hoodie. Stylish AND functional! Sign me up! (this is the one I want & haven’t bought yet)

UNDER ARMOUR UA ColdGear Infrared Get Set Go Ladies Glove – these gloves are a life saver! I have them in black. The tech fingers allow you to change music on phone without taking the glove off. They are also athletic material, not the typical cotton. So when you start to sweat, it’s not

180s Women’s Down Ear Warmer – I LOVE these! I have them and they are perfect alone or with a beanie.  The strap goes around the back of your neck, so your hair can be down, up or whatever you like and they are low maintenance, warm ear muffs!

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 Lululemon Run With Me Neck Warmer
This is the neck warmer I purchased. I bought mine in store. It is the perfect material!! It keeps you warm, but unlike the fleece neck warmer I have for snow, when I start to sweat or breath into it, it wicks it instead of getting cold and wet! LOVE IT!

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 Lululemon Run With Me Ear Warmer 
I tried it on and liked it, but not enough to buy.  I prefer the ear muffs. I just don’t like things on my forehead (unless it’s a beanie). This is also the yoga pant material, so it’s sweat wicking and serves as a sweatband/ear warmer combo. Super sporty and chic if you like
                                                                                          this style!

Chapstick and Essentials


Carmex Lip Balm
This is what I take on runs with me now after my chapped lip experience. It’s super hydrating and easy to apply since it’s in a stick form. Easy to fit in a running pant pocket too. 

EOS Lip Balm – Pom Raspberry
This is not as easy to take on a run due to the shape, but I thought I would mention it as EOS lip balms are one of my favs 🙂

Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 12.33.28 PMKleenex Tissues Wallet packs
I cannot go on a run without this! Cold = runny nose. I like these  packs because they are really flat & not bulky. You can purchase online  or  find them at Walmart. 

So there you have it! My complete list of running essentials that I have found to be necessary in the cold weather. 
What would you add? Do you like to run outside no matter what? Which one of these if your fav?  

Stay sweet & warm!


P.S. The brands featured here are some of the best active wear for cold weather. While I love other brands as well (like Lorna Jane) they don’t have the best selection for bundling up to be outside. For hitting the gym or a hot yoga class, def check them out!