Today’s post is brought to you by Bre & Ree from Bump & Run Chat.
I pulled out my winter storage box this week to bring you fashion Friday. I’m sure many of you have already started running in cold weather this year, and the rest may be bracing for what’s to come this January and February. Whatever your climate conditions, it’s time to prepare for winter!
I know what you’re thinking, “Wait, aren’t you a warm weather runner?” You’re right. I am. I’ve lived in the Caribbean for eight years (holy cow, how time flies!), and have become quite accustomed to the heat. Even though I run before the sun rises, some mornings it often feels like I’m digging a path through the thick, humid air. But, with the holidays just around the corner, the temperatures dropping, and the mornings getting colder (yes, even here in sunshine land), it reminds me of the few times over the years I’ve been able to run on visits up North, and when I used to live and run in winter.
I’m grateful for the daily dose of sunshine I get here in Barbados, but every year about this time (and I know Ree’s nostalgia starts much sooner) I miss the seasons. Cute sweaters, boots, leggings, faux fur, scarves of every color, cashmere gloves, flannel pajamas…and that’s just the clothes! How about the hot chocolate, soup, down comforters, the smell of pine trees and eucalyptus, using a straightener and have your hair last all day (even two)! But, then I shake my head, come back to reality, and try to appreciate the things I can enjoy right now because this island living won’t last forever. One day my husband and I will retire to the mountains (our family dream), but in the meantime, it was wonderful digging through my winter box and reminiscing about the times I was able to wear these lovely pieces.
My Winter Weather Running Apparel Recommendations
- Nike Pro Hyperwarm Hybrid Training Top – This beautiful top is incredibly warm. I love the turtle neck and thumb hole features, just right for colder temperatures.
- Under Armour Women’s UA Authentic ColdGear Fitted Tight – I always wear tights when I run, even in the summer (just shorter lengths). I love how they hug the legs, and I don’t have to worry that they’ll ride up the way shorts often do – no chaffing here! Anyway, this Under Armour pair has ColdGear construction, which is a fast-drying, but warm fabric perfect for winter.
- Trailheads Power Band – I don’t know about you, but the other staple to my running attire is some sort of headgear. I mostly wear a baseball cap (Headsweats makes a superb, breathable hat), but covering the ears is a must when it’s frigid outside. I wore this Trailheads headband during the NY marathon two years ago, and it was fabulous. It kept my hair back and my ears warm!
- Brooks Vapor Dry Glove II – These gloves are perfect for keeping out the cold and my hands warm. Love them!
- The North Face Women’s Condor Triclimate Jacket – This is my favorite item on this list. I bought this jacket a couple years ago and it’s amazingly warm even though it’s incredibly lightweight. Mine is white, the lining comes out for warmer days and the shell offers great protection against rain and snow. It’s a winter runner must have!
- Injinji Run 2.0 Midweight Mini-Crew Socks – I haven’t had to change out my running shoes because of cold weather as of yet, but I’m also not running through the mountains in Montana either. So for me, these socks work wonders and keep my barefoot running toes warm. For those trudging through snow covered trails in freezing weather, a little more protection may be needed. Send me those shoe recommendations, because one day when we do live in the mountains, your advise will come in handy!
Okay, so because I do not typically run in winter temperatures and only have the opportunity every so often to pull this outfit together, I thought I’d look to an expert and ask her to share with you her personal recommendations as well. Two great outfits in one post, yay!
My university roommate and very dear friend, Brianna, kindly pulled together her winter running apparel. She lives in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and is an excellent runner. I’m always amazed at what Brie has accomplished in the 14 years she’s been running – 4 marathons, 25+ half marathons/10 milers, and countless 10Ks and 5Ks (including all the major DC races – Marine Corps, Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, GW Parkway 10 Miler, and Army 10 Miler).
She has been coaching Girls on the Run, a program that inspires elementary-school girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident, and culminates each season in a 5K race, for five years now. She is most certainly a passionate runner through and through. So in her words, here are her winter weather runner recommendations, and they’re fantastic!
- REI Windbrake Thermal Fleece Jacket – I’ve had this fleece jacket for a couple years now, and it’s amazing! It’s lightweight and comfortable, yet extremely warm. It also layers well, which is key for winter running.
- Brooks Women’s Dyad 7 – I don’t change out my shoes in the winter. Instead, I switch up my socks (see below).
- Nike Women’s Thermal Tech Running Gloves – I have a bunch of lightweight gloves as well, but when it’s in the 30s or below, I use these. They keep my hands nice and warm without being bulky and interfering with my movement.
For winter races, I’ve been known to put Little Hotties in my gloves until I warm up:-) I take them out and discard them right before I start the race.
- Trailheads Goodbye Girl Ponytail Headband – Generally, I can get away with only my Trailheads headgear. It keeps my ears toasty warm and my hair out of my eyes. I love the keyhole for the ponytail holder, which keeps my long hair from bunching up under a hat.
- Irideon Chinchillaaah Balaclava – However, when it’s super cold, I wear a Balaclava underneath the Trailheads headband. I also ride horses, and this one is actually made by a brand known for horseback riding clothes. It protects my hat, neck, and mouth on those extra chilly days.
- Women’s Oakley Half Jacket 2.0 XL – Unless it’s dark outside, I always run in my Oakley’s. This is especially true when there is snow on the ground. While beautiful, the combination of snow and sunlight can give off quite the glare.
- Brooks Women’s Utopia Thermal Tight – I only run in tights, never loose pants. I love how they grip the body, making me feel almost like I’m not wearing anything. For winter running, thermal tights are essential! On the coldest days, I layer them with actual “fashion” tights for extra warmth.
- WrightSock Cold Weather – Not only are these socks double layered, one of the layers is thermal. I prefer the crew socks, which come up higher on my legs, ensuring that no skin is exposed.
- Asics FujiTrail Winter Top – I wear performance fleece-lined shirts on the coldest days, which keeps me warm and wicks sweat away. And once again, it’s all about layering. As any winter runner knows, even on the coldest days, you will most likely need to peel layers off as you warm up.
What do you wear each winter when you’re exercising outside? I’d love to gather ideas, I’ll need them soon enough!
Happy running and stay warm this winter!
An American expat living in Barbados, Bre is a wife and a mother to 4-year old little girl and 1-year old German Shorthaired Pointer. She is also an active lifestyle co-blogger at Bump and Run Chat with her friend, Ree, where they write about golf, running, fitness, fashion, and everything in between that’s simply fun. They’re both beginner golfers who enjoy active living, yet indulge in a glass of wine at the end of the day.