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How to Dress For Winter Running

Die-hard runners keep running even when temperatures plummet and there's snow and ice on the ground. In order to exercise outdoors in the freezing cold, you've got to dress properly so you stay protected from the chilling wind but also dry and comfortable when you begin to sweat. Here's a basic list of how to layer up before a Winter run.

Above 30°F Below 30°F
  • Sneakers
  • Thin wool socks
  • Sneakers
  • Slightly thicker wool socks
  • Gaiters to cover your ankles and sneaks and protect them from wind and snow.
  • Yaktrax or another brand of attachable traction devices that go on the bottom of your shoe and prevent you from slipping on ice.

Now that we have covered your feet, to see how to cover the rest of your body

Above 30° F Below 30° F
  • Running tights or Capilene pants
  • Wind pants


Join The Conversation
akara akara 9 years
One piece of advise....dress in sweat wicking clothes and wear just enough layers so that you are chilly (not cold) at the beginning of your run.
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
check, check, check and check!
peregrine peregrine 9 years
Apparently some runners snowshoe and even do snowshoe races in winter instead. I don't run but I'm thinking about trying snowshoeing, which is supposed to burn a crazy amount of calories.
bisou002 bisou002 9 years
smart blonde- lucy makes really good running socks- just make sure you don't get 100% cotton ones!
smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
My question is, what socks are good for keeping your feet warm but do NOT contain any wool? (Wool makes me itch horribly and turn red.)
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
Nice post, I live in thermals until March ha ha :)
MuppetsForDinner MuppetsForDinner 9 years
hate, hate, HATE winter running. yuck. this is the number one reason why I re-joined my gym.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Thinsulated socks!
lintacious lintacious 9 years
it's so annoying because your mind says it's cold out, so you tend to layer, then a mile into your run you are sweating to pieces! this is a really good guide to keep people from putting on too much!
ashopaholic ashopaholic 9 years
good post, i want to get into it this year
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