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Winter Running

HOW TO DRESS

Winter running could be one of the most satisfying activities. The running itself is usually great, running on soft, silent snow in temperatures that help you stay cool. This kind of running is often free from stress, allowing you to run at a comfortable pace and steadily build your mileage for the spring and summer season.

However, to fully enjoy running during the winter it’s important to dress properly. Our general clothing guide for running applies also to the winter season, but during the cold months there are some things you should pay extra attention to.

Baselayers

DON'T DRESS TOO WARM

During the winter, it’s easy to be fooled by the low temperatures and dress too warm to avoid freezing. As a result, many runners wear clothes suitable for the first 10 minutes of the training session. But instead you should do the opposite. Dress to optimize comfort during the second half of the workout.

Ideally, you should freeze a little in the beginning, even if it’s unpleasant. After just a few minutes running, you will soon be warm again.

Jackets and Bottoms

PROTECT AGAINST COLD & WIND

To protect against low temperatures and cold wind, wear a lightweight windproof jacket outside the underwear or a vest with a thin padding at front and breathable fabric at the back. The latter outfit provides insulation where you need it the most; that is, on the front of the upper body, while effectively cooling you down on the arms for optimal working temperature. In addition, you get great freedom of movement.

For the legs there are several different types of tights to choose from. The most common styles are thin, plain tights as well as brushed tights for colder temperatures. Do not choose tights that are too warm, keep in mind that you should freeze at the start of your workout. If you freeze easily, a great option is to choose a pair of thin tights and wear a pair of shorts on the outside. Then you get extra insulation in the areas most sensitive to cold while maintaining great freedom of movement as well as ventilation at the lower legs.