Hello Winter! You’ve made yourself known in the Pacific Northwest. Snow in Seattle? Cold wind? Iced pavement? Yes, yes and yes. What is a girl to do? Layer up and get outside! I haven’t hit the treadmill in months and have been loving
almost every minute of my runs in my new neighborhood.
I am used to running in this type of weather over the holidays when I visit my family in Eastern Oregon, but it has been a bit of a shock since I moved to Seattle.
The trick to the best run you can have when the thermometer drops? The right gear! Not all gear is created equally and not everyone loves what other runners love.
I have my top 3 picks:
- Proper head or ear covers. If it is raining I wear my normal running hat (baseball style). It keeps the run out of my eyes and still lets my head breathe a bit. If it is dry, I stick to some ear warmers I purchased a few years ago at Roadrunner Sports. They are light enough that I can still hear and don’t sweat to death, thick enough to make a difference and have a bonus reflective stripe on the back.
- My running vest is my next go to. It keeps my core warm without over heating my arms. I can zip it up or down and I love to have the extra pockets. Mine is fitted on the sides so it doesn’t add too much bulk. My favorite is from Lucy, but most running and athletic brands have their versions too. They typically are an investment piece, but SO WORTH IT!
- If you hands are cold, there is no way the rest of you can stay warm! I love my lightweight gloves. They feature a tech usable pad on the pointer finger and a (sorry this is gross) snot wiper on each thumb! They aren’t too heavy, they wick away moisture and can machine wash. Plus, I have small hands and I found women specific ones that fit, well, like a glove.
I just finished my 23rd day of my Holiday Streak and I’d say 75% of my runs have been in the rain, the wind, the cold or a combo of all three. Don’t let the weather get the best of you BUT remember to be safe. Don’t run in conditions that are dangerous – check for ice, blizzards, wind-chill, etc. Sometimes even the best gear can’t beat out common sense.
What is your favorite cold weather gear? Do you push your runs inside when the temperature drops?