I’ve learned something about myself over the last few months: I really enjoy running in the cold, and in the dark. I’m not talking sub zero temps here, but 35-45 degrees is my sweet spot. I love getting bundled up and starting out cold, then warming up, but still never overheating. And when I run in the dark I can’t see very far in front of me, so it keeps me guessing about how far I have to go. So I just keep going.
After I did my half marathon a year ago, I took a long break from running. I didn’t think I would, and then it just happened. I didn’t start back with running consistently until October of last year. At first I wasn’t sure if it would last, but when I discovered my new found love for cold weather running I became hooked.
Having good cold weather running gear is really important as the temperatures continue to dip close to, or below, freezing. No one wants frost bite. The key items I wear to keep me warm are lined pants, gloves, a headband that covers my ears, and 2 top layers, usually a tank or tee and a long sleeved jacket or shirt with thumb holes. I also like to have my neck covered if it’s below 40, so I always wear a running jacket or sweatshirt with a collar on those days.
If you’re in under freezing temps in your area, I’d also recommend a running vest. It will help keep your core temp up.
I’ve rounded up some of my favorite cold weather items for you, in case you too want to start hitting the pavement (or trail) in this cold weather.
Question of the day: Do you like to run in the cold? What do you wear to keep warm when exercising in this cold weather?