Well my friends, welcome to November! If you live in Calgary then you know that winter has arrived! With cooler temperatures and less daylight it can be really difficult to get outside for a run these days. With some great gear running at this time of year can be a really great experience though! If you can get out for a run over your lunch break you can even take advantage of the sunshine. Here are a few of my winter running favorites.
Winter running tights:
Not all running tights are created equal and it can be difficult to find a pair that really stands up to frigid winter temperatures. Anytime we get to -10C or below my go to winter running tights are the Sugoi SubZero Tight. The inside is lined with fleece and they do a good job of blocking out the cold wind. I’ve had pairs that have lasted a good 7 – 8 years so far.
Light warm layers:
The key to staying warm on a cold run is to layer well! I have a bunch of old Lululemon Cool Racerback Tanks that I tend to use as a first layer to help keep my core really warm. Next up is a light, warm long sleeve top. The Oiselle Wazzie Wool Base Layer and Lux Long Sleeve are the best in chilly temperatures. Depending on how cold it is I may just layer up with a vest on top (like the Gilman Vest or the Katron) or I may layer with another warm top with a zipper like the Oiselle Runwear Pullover or Wazzie Wool Side Zip.
A great running toque:
It can be really difficult to find cute, flattering run toques. I love my Sauce Slouchy Beanie and the Boco Performance Knit Beanie looks like it would be great as well. I love hats that have a band of fleece inside at the bottom as I find it really helps to fight the chill. If you are in Calgary and looking for a Sauce toque check out Tri It…they are in stock right now!
Just because it isn’t warm out that doesn’t mean that you still can’t get sunburned. The sun’s rays will reflect off the snow, plus strong winds can wear away sunscreen and reduce its effectiveness. I really like Bare Republic Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30. It is lightweight, non-whitening, non greasy and has broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, no chemical additives, and no synthetic fragrances or parabens.
What are your must have items to get you through winter running? Is there a temperature that you will draw the line at and run indoors instead?