Winter is coming! Whether you love it or hate it, winter is on its way! If you live in Minne-snow-ta, you have already experienced Old Man Winter, throwing flurries around! As many among us run for the comforts of the great indoors, it’s not always practical. Winter running has some great benefits! Just make sure you are dressing correctly for the conditions! Let's make a tough winter runner out of you!
Each individual’s tolerance to temperature is different; find your fit. My rule of thumb, if you step outside and you’re already comfortable, shed a layer (or two). Once you begin running, you’ll quickly warm-up, and there is nothing more annoying than discarding layers or tying clothes around the waist! One caveat, overdressing will happen. It’s impossible to perfectly prepare for each run. As you go dashing through the snow, in a one-piece thermal suit, the experience may be too hot, or perhaps too cold. Learn from it, Goldilocks! :)
Below is a general winter-apparel guide. Keep in mind, this is a generic guide, depending on your comfort level, you may need additional coverage.
55+ degrees: tank and shorts (will feel like 65-85 degrees)
45–55 degrees: short sleeve tech shirt and shorts (will feel like 60–80 degrees)
35–45 degrees: long sleeve tech shirt, shorts or tights, gloves (optional), headband to cover ears (optional) (will feel like 50-70 degrees)
29-35 degrees: long sleeve tech shirt, capris or tights, gloves, and headband to cover ears (will feel like 40-55 degrees)
20–29 degrees: two shirts layered—a long sleeve tech shirt and a short sleeve tech shirt or, long sleeve shirt and jacket—tights, gloves, and headband or hat to cover ears (will feel like 30-40 degrees)
10–19 degrees: tight base layer, long sleeve, insulated tights, gloves or mittens, hat, and windbreaker jacket/pants (will feel like 20–35 degrees)
0–9 degrees: tight base layer, long sleeve, Jacket, insulated tights, another pair of pants, 2 pair of gloves or mittens, hat (possibly a base hat/headband), ski mask to cover face, possibly wind pants depending on wind speed (will feel like 10–29 degrees)
When temps are below freezing, it is sometimes best to run indoors. If you do run outside make sure you pile on the layers. Very cold temperatures and the dry air will aggravate some health conditions. You are the best judge of what you can handle. Be smart about your decisions and be safe!
With the right gear, and a little extra motivation, your effortless run through the snow will seem like a day at the beach!
Links to some of my favorite gear below!
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Nike Pro Tank
Nike Rival Run Short
Nike Pro Shorts
Nike Pro Capris
Nike Pro Non-Thermal Tights
NIke Thermal Tights
Nike Pro Base Layer
Nike Wind Jacket
Nike Long Sleeve
North Face Jacket
Under Armour Hat
Saucony Razor Hat
HOODA Gear (Headband)
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