How to chose clothing for winter runs02 November, 2013 0 comments
How to choose clothing for winter runs
What a pleasure going for a run on a sunny summer day! But jogging during a cold and windy winter day? It’s more of an acquired taste, and some of us really have a hard time leaving the house when the weather gets tough. Does it have to be this way? Absolutely not! We are so much tougher than the challenges of winter weather, and with the help of the right clothing no such thing as bad weather exists.
Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re going for a run in the winter – so that you can enjoy yourself whatever the weather!
The secret is layering up
To keep your outfit warm and functional, you should dress up in layers instead of investing in bulky items. This way, you can also easily adapt your clothing to various weather conditions, and be prepared and comfortable whether it is slightly chilly or freezing and windy outside. If you get too warm during a run, you’ll be able to ditch a layer and tie it around your waist.
If you’re looking for functional sportswear, you’ll have to ditch the cotton. Here’s the thing – it retains moisture if you’re using it as a base layer, and isn’t wind-proof enough to use as a top layer. Therefore, if you want to keep warm from the inside out and be ready for different weather conditions, choose synthetic sportswear instead.
A wicking base layer is the foundation
For your base layer, choose a shirt that is moisture-wicking - this will ensure that your skin keeps dry and warm throughout the run. This can be a synthetic shirt, or a woolen one if the weather gets colder. For women, using a moisture-wicking sports bra is important as well.
Top layer to protect you
The top layer is the one that really protects you from the weather. Therefore, choose a jacket that is made from a wind-stopping material and fits you well. It doesn’t need to be bulky – you can always add layers beneath. The best option is one that has a high neck and can be zipped up; so that your throat is protected from the cold wind, and you also have the option to slightly open up the zipper if it gets too warm.
Windproof pants for warm legs
It’s not only your upper body that needs protection from the wind – a good pair of windproof pants will make sure that your legs stay warm throughout the run. The best choice is fitted pants that don’t have any flappy parts. When the weather gets colder, a pair of running tights beneath will provide extra warmth.
Smart socks for happy feet
Your feet will want to stay warm and dry as well - a thick pair of moisture-wicking socks should be essential. During colder months, there is nothing like wool to keep you warm, and investing in high quality skiing or hiking socks can be a good idea. To provide extra protection for you legs, you can opt for a pair of high socks.
Instead of wearing thick clothes with bare hands and head, try covering up your extremities at once when the cold starts to get to them. Sports gloves and well-fitting hats that cover your ears are the best choices. Neck gaiters can provide great extra protection for your neck and face, and come in a range of different materials. For better protection from the wind, try sticking the upper edge of the gaiter under your hat behind your head to protect the back of your neck.
Extreme cold and wind – face mask and goggles can help
Face is the last part we tend to cover up, but in cold weather the delicate skin can suffer quite a lot of damage. Therefore, a face mask that protects your cheeks and allows for comfortable breathing is a good choice for those really cold days. If your eyes suffer a lot from the cold and wind, a pair of goggles can protect them from the weather.
Some of us are more comfortable in cold weather than others. What is more, everyone has body parts that are more prone to getting cold than others. Therefore, make sure that you always dress for your own level of comfort. If you tend to get cold hands, gloves are a must for you even if others don’t need them yet! What is more – remember that you will be moving around, so don’t dress up too warm to avoid excess sweating.
Extra tip to get you out the door – warm up your clothes!
Still not sure if you want to go out for a run? Heat up your shirt, gloves and hat a bit before heading out the door by placing them on the radiator or in the dryer. Although they won’t keep warm for long, it will be enough to maintain heat until your body gets warm from the run.
So, what do you think, are you ready for those cold months ahead? Do you enjoy running in the winter? Perhaps you can suggest more tips or specific gear that you use? Share your experience in the comments!