If I’ve said it once on this blog, I’ve said it a thousand times, outdoor winter running changed my life. I’ll never forget the time that in my pre-outdoor winter running days, my husband suggested I take my moody self outside for a run. I put on some workout clothes, laced up my sneakers and headed up to Central Park. I returned home more angry and in a worse mood than when I left.
You wanna know why? It was 20 degrees out and I was wearing an old pair of cotton workout pants I had bought from Target 8 years prior. My legs were bright red and they were stinging with pain when I returned home from Central Park.
Naturally, I blamed my husband for sending me out in the cold which ensured a lovely weekend was had by all. When spring finally made it’s appearance my running partner and I made a pack to run all year long outdoors. The most challenging parts were figuring out what to wear and how to not spend too much money on new clothes that hardly anyone would see me wearing.
I thought I’d tell you what I consider to be the “bare bone essential items” for the winter season. These items can be found at all different price points.
6 Essential Items You Need for Winter Running
#1) Two base layer tops:
- A light weight, snug fitting, sweat wicking, long sleeved top that’s long enough to tuck into pants (Also read this article for more tips on finding the perfect top).
- A thermal top that has either a mock turtle neck or a 3/4 zipper that covers part of your neck. It should also have a snug fit, wick sweat, and be long enough to tuck into pants.
#2) A running jacket that helps block the wind. The fit should be roomy enough to wear both shirts together underneath it for those extra cold days.
#3) Thermal running tights: Assuming you own workout pants that you can wear until it gets to be 20 degrees, these are the only bottoms you need to add to your running wardrobe. These should have a zipper at the bottom and not to many seams. Also, watch out for an itchiness factor when trying them on.
#4) A hat: You most likely already have one that’s suitable for running. A $5 hat you buy on the street can work just as well as a $20 one from a running store.
#5) Gloves: Look for ones that have some sort of wind-blocker. If you’re hands don’t get that cold than a $1 pair off the street may work for you.
Bonus item include: SmartWool socks