Today I went out for my daily run. Somehow I have been defaulting to a lovely 6.3 mile loop that I can’t seem to move past. That’s not the point, though. It seems no matter what the temperature lately, I am overdressed. Whether it is 40 degrees, or like today, wind chills in the negative temperatures, I am putting on too many layers on some part of my body.
The picture above shows how I look during the summer months, but I would like to stress what I am wearing during the winter months. Keep in mind that my purpose for writing this is not merely how I am overdressed, but the essentials to any winter running program (just maybe not all worn at the same time).
On most days, I add a long sleeve running shirt, or a light cotton jacket in between layers, which is not always needed. I also find myself wearing leg warmers on top of my pants. In today’s negative temps, the leg warmers were quite welcomed, though I did not need that mid-layer shirt while wearing all of the pieces above.
If you plan on starting an outdoor winter running regime, I highly recommend investing in these pieces. Unfortunately, it isn’t something that is cheap to do all at once, but also buying cheap greatly lowers your experience during a run. Having these pieces are the keys to reduce chaffing, blistering and ensuring warmth and top performance.
Just a side note, I also warmed my water in the microwave before I left. It had pieces of ice after the first hour.