By Lauren Jimison
Many people claim that they don't like running outside during the wintertime. But what they really mean is that they don't like running outside in the cold without the right gear. Enjoying an outdoor winter workout is all about dressing right.
Sure, without the right apparel a chilly run would be anything but enjoyable. When armed with gear designed to keep you warm and dry, though, running through snowy, winter weather can be just as pleasant as a mild-weather, springtime jog through the park.
This winter, instead of turning all your workouts over to the treadmill, or even worse, setting your running routine on the backburner until springtime comes around, invest in a few key pieces of winter weather running gear.
Designed to keep runners warm and dry, while still maintaining breathability and flexibility, gearing up with these essential items will keep you running strong through the snowy season.
The Mizuno Impermalite Jacket will withstand any type of winter weather. Layers are the key to keeping warm, but for snowy, rainy, or extra windy workouts, a resistant coat that can stand up against all types of weather is essential. Underneath a lightweight coat like this one, you can wear a fleece top or even a long sleeve running shirt.
Winter running gear can be expensive, but for a great piece of gear that will last, the investment is usually worth it -- especially for a comfy sweater like this one. Oiselle does their best to provide comfy running clothes for women, made with lots of love and enthusiasm. This sweater will keep you cozy when you're warming back up after a run in the snow. With two different colors to choose from, it's got style and comfort wrapped up in one piece of extra-cozy apparel.
In order to maintain your core body temperature, it’s important to make sure your hands and feet stay especially warm. The heat from these little packs can reach anywhere from 100 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit and can last up to 20 hours. They come in different temperatures, sizes, and types to fit the different needs of every type of runner.
These tights are lined with fleece. Thicker tights during the winter will keep your legs warmer and blood circulating better. The Blaze Warmer tights provide extra insulation thanks to Warmalite® material while still allowing for fast, quick movement during cold-weather workouts.
These shoes are extra ideal for running in the snow. They provide plenty of traction on snow-covered surfaces and will keep you from slipping on ice. They're designed to accommodate all types of runners and can even keep you from slipping on black ice. The traction on the bottom comes from little replaceable metal pins that help the shoe grip well, making running fast and steady through the winter easy and effortless.
A cozy down jacket is a must for staying warm while getting ready to run. They are a bit too heavy to wear while running, but are a great pre-workout accessory and will warm you right back up after a workout, too. A down coat can also be called a "puffer," and it's a good idea to look for one made with duck feathers, which are typically the warmest and most comfortable.
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-- Lauren Jimison is an elite runner at Mammoth Track Club.
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