Warm up! How to stay warm during your cold-weather runs
Warming up for a run takes on a whole new meaning this time of year. Along with making sure you’ve jogged in place and performed your proper stretches before you take off, you’ve also got to be dressed to brrrrave the elements.
As we prepare for the winter weather (and who knows what El Nino is going to bring us!), here are 5 picks to keep you comfortable on your cold-weather runs.
This zip-up top is the perfect layering piece for your winter runs. The “Plush Tech” technology at Athleta has a fleece interior that provides super-cozy insulation without adding bulk. The material also wicks away sweat to keep you dry and comfortable and skims over the body so that you can layer it on top of a T-shirt or underneath a down vest. We’re drawn toward the lime color because of the added visibility it can provide on grey days. Plush Tech Half Zip 3.0, $89 (plus Cash Back), Athleta.com
Keeping your feet dry is a necessity to staying warm. These high-tech running socks are made with a polyester blend that wicks away moisture and keeps your feet comfortable and dry. Thorlo padding helps absorb shock and prevent blisters and a lightweight Achilles tendon pad protects against chafing. Thorlo Experia Running Socks, $14.99 (plus Cash Back), Sportsauthority.com
A running wrap is multi-purpose: It can serve as a headband, neck gaiter, balaclava or hair tie. Use it in the winter to protect your neck from getting whipped by the wind and make it work overtime during warmer weather, serving as a stylish headband. We’re digging the dark, blue shades on this Nike running wrap. Nike Stretch Running Wrap, $17 (plus Cash Back), Nordstrom.com
For super-cold days, layer on a puffer coat. This high-tech insulation is highly compressible and won’t get in your way during your run, plus it’s the warmth equivalent of 600-fill down. The stretch cuffs keeps cold air out and the whole jacket stows in its own pocket so it’s the perfect layering essential in unpredictable winter weather conditions. The North Face ‘Theromball’ Insulated Jacket, on sale $139.26 (plus Cash Back), Backcountry.com
The sun is starting to set earlier and it’s hard to make it home from work while there’s still daylight. If you’re going to be running at dusk or in the dark, make sure you make yourself visible. These reflective armbands can be set on “blinking” or “solid” mode. Their waterproof design keeps rain and sweat out. The battery will last 100-plus hours. Nathan LightBender Armband Light, $20 (plus Cash Back), Backcountry.com