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.

I'm a typically this girl. The girl who likes limited layers, even in weather that isn't too warm. I work hard every year to be able to not wear much in the summer. It's a large challenge.
I’m a typically this girl. The girl who likes limited layers, even in weather that isn’t too warm. I work hard every year to be able to not wear much in the summer. It’s a large challenge.

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).

The Craft AXC Touring Jackethttp://www.ernordic.com/merchant/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=EWS&Product_Code=CJ505&Product_Count=2&Category_Code=72
The Craft AXC Touring Jacket – This jacket has provided ample warmth and protection from wind with comfort and mobility.
Sugoi Mid Zero Tights for weather ranging from 20° to 40°
Sugoi Mid Zero Tights for weather ranging from 20° to 40° – Sub Zero tights often necessary for temps below 20°
These are double-layered Brooks running mittens. The inner lining is fleece, the outter perfect for wind resistance.
These are double-layered Brooks running mittens. The inner lining is fleece, the outter perfect for wind resistance.
Under Armour Cold Gear Turtleneck for ample base layer warmth.
Under Armour Cold Gear Turtleneck for ample base layer warmth.
Protect your neck! It is one of the first places that sweat gathers, so make sure that it is warm and dry.
Protect your neck! It is one of the first places that sweat gathers, so make sure that it is warm and dry.
A moisture wicking, thick stocking cap.  This one is from Helly Hansen, a very renowned skiing gear company.  It has been my winter staple for years.
A moisture wicking, thick stocking cap. This one is from Helly Hansen, a very renowned skiing gear company. It has been my winter staple for years.
Shoe Gaiters -- These protect from wind and snow, and keep ankles and feet warm. I prefer these by Gore, which also have ankle cushioning.
Shoe Gaiters — These protect from wind and snow, and keep ankles and feet warm. I prefer these by Gore, which also have ankle cushioning.
Smart Wool Insulated Socks -- these are much warmer than cotton and still have moisture wicking properties to reduce blistering.
Smart Wool Insulated Socks — these are much warmer than cotton and still have moisture wicking properties to reduce blistering.

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.

Happy Trails!

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