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.
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. 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 –This 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 – stylish & warm! Also has thumb holes!
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 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)
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!
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.
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.
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 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 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!
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 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!
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!
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
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 🙂
Kleenex 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!