Tips for Winter Running

Oh Sunday, I really enjoyed my rest day. It was the perfect topping to a wonderful week. We spent the morning at church and the rest of the day being together before Josh had to be back to work this morning.

Throughout last week, I took a lot of notes while running outside in freezing temperatures and came up with these tips:

Tips to Winter Running

1. Dress in layers

My neighbor gave me the idea to wear a tank top under my clothes and tuck it into my pants. It worked great! On top of that I wore a long sleeve shirt and then a running jacket.

IMG_01592. Invest in running tights/pants

I bought fleece lined running pants at TJ Maxx for $17 and they keep me very warm. I also wear the Nike running tights that keep me nice and toasty, and I love how stretchy and moveable they are. They come up high(picture above) and so I never have to worry about exposed skin getting cold.


3. Keep your head warm

Heat escapes through your head, so wear a hat or a head band. A hat makes me too hot, but I love wearing a head band to keep my ears from freezing off. You can find great ones at TJ Maxx, Nike, Lululemon, or for $1.50 at Walmart where I got this beauty=)

IMG_0219                                                        Photo bombed by lil J

4. Wear Gloves or hand coverings

There’s all kinds of gloves you can wear. I’m not a huge fan of gloves because I don’t feel like my fingers stay very warm. You can easily buy any kind (cheap or expensive) and use hand warmers. These are the gloves I use when I do run. I think I got them at target awhile ago to keep in my car.

20131227-132414.jpgIf you don’t want to buy hand warmers constantly, I try and buy jackets with hand coverings. My hands stay so warm in them and when they get hot enough I can just take them out. I don’t have to hold on to my gloves. Below are 2 different jackets(both are Nike) that I have with hand coverings. They even have little thumb holes so I can hold my phone or water, etc.

IMG_0211 IMG_02105. Use a bandana to cover your mouth and nose

If it’s extremely cold or a blizzard outside and it hurts to breathe the cold air, use a bandana and wrap it around your nose and mouth. There’s also really cheap face masks on Amazon for less than $2! Some days UT air is really gross, it’s called smog. I would use a bandana on those days.

20131228-215409.jpg                                              See that layer of smog just above the houses?

6. Take a hot shower post freezing run =)

I hope everyone is having a happy Monday!

What would you add to the list?

About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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19 Responses to Tips for Winter Running

  1. Piper's Run says:

    Great list! I would add two things: something reflective…at least for when you run later in the day. It get’s so dark, so early (at least in Nova Scotia). If you run after 5pm, it’s good to have some reflective gear. And yak tracks – something for your feet to grip the snow/ice if applicable to your area. We have lots of snow/ice in the winter so they are a must!

  2. Abi@AbsofSteel says:

    I totally agree with this list. I especially love running tights, they’ve been a major aid in keeping me warm. I do however need to invest in some ear coverage, I can’t stand it when my ears get cold. A good pair of socks also makes a difference.

  3. I always tuck my bottom layer into my pants when I’m running in really cold weather! If I’m wearing two long sleeves I also tuck my gloves in between the two layers so that there’s no bare skin there too!

  4. You are so right! Running is cheaper than therapy!

    It’s getting chilly here again but we have been enjoying temps in the 60s and 70s!

  5. I agree with all of your tips! The weather here doesn’t get nearly as cold as you get, but I’m a baby with cold weather so I still wear all of the things you listed when it gets cold! I want to get some text touch Nike running gloves. I have Nike gloves now, but they aren’t text touch, so I can’t change music on my phone when I’m running. I also agree that something to cover your ears is a must!

  6. Runner Girl Eats says:

    Great tips! Our ‘cold weather’ runs usually just involve a long sleeve shirt and a head band though 😉 sometimes Florida has perks!

  7. Those are wonderful cold running tips! In West KY we really do have some super cold days believe it or not and a bandana/face mask/scarf over your face is just necessary!

  8. I’ve been doing all this since I’m in Chicago. Can’t wait to get back to FL! I forgot a headband the other day and had to let my hair down to cover my ears. Ridiculous! I also feel like gloves don’t keep my hands really warm, either. I would add thick/high socks to that list. But, I am just always cold, so I try and make sure that I have some thick covering over/under my pants to keep my tootsies warm!

    I’m loving the bandana suggestion. Since you’ve suggested it, I wear it every day outside on my run! I keep it tied loosely around my neck so I can pull it up when I need it and push it down when I don’t!

  9. I swear if my head and hands are warm I am all set! Those are my main parts

  10. Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures says:

    These are totally awesome tips! I’ve had to buy a lot of ‘gear’ because this is my first winter as a ‘real’ runner… It adds up but if you do it intelligently like you have, it really doesn’t hurt the wallet too badly. I love that WalMart headband too! So much cuter than my Lulu one. 🙂 I LOVE and adore your new blog look by the way! It is SUPER styling. 🙂
    Fleece lining inside running tights… I had a debate about that because I was going to buy some but I thought I might get too hot. What do you think?

    • My legs don’t usually get all that cold. I ran in the Nike running tights in 18* and they were enough. I wouldn’t say the fleece lined pants are completely necessary if you already have a pair of running pants that keep you warm. I hope that helps=)

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