Keep warm on cold-weather runs
The polar vortex may have passed, but the weather remains chilly in most parts of the country. While the cold weather may not inspire you to work out, it also shouldn't be a deterrent to running outside. In fact, a brisk, cold-weather run (even in the snow!) can be a great way to log some miles and clear your head. But wearing the appropriate clothing is important. Here are six key pieces to keep you running all winter long.
Layering is key in cold weather. Heat is trapped between thin layers, keeping you warm. You also want something that moves sweat away from your skin so you don't get chilled on your run. Oiselle's Flyte Long Sleeve ($66) is a great base layer. It's light, soft and non-clingy, and thumbholes keep the sleeves from bunching up. Half-zip tops, like the Saucony Women's DryLete Sportop ($75), are great for cold weather running because the zipper allows you to manage changing temperatures. Open up the top if you need to cool off or zip it up if you need to keep the heat in.
Women's UA Authentic ColdGear Fitted Tight ($49.99) has a fast-drying exterior layer and a heat-trapping inner layer to keep you running through most winter conditions. The fitted leggings have a fleecy lining that wicks away sweat. The stretch material also helps the tights keep their shape, and there's a hidden pocket to stash your house keys.
Nothing's worse than cold feet on a run. SmartWool PhD Run Medium Mini ($19) socks will keep your feet warm and ventilated. With high-density weave in high-impact areas, these socks are durable and comfortable and are designed to stay in place on your run.
Cheap knit gloves from the discount store are great for some things, but they won't protect you from the elements. The moisture-resistant amphipod Trans4m Thermal Plus Run Glove ($45) can be worn four different ways for four different levels of warmth: as a wristband, fingerless gloves, a thumb-less mitten, or a full mitten. You can uncover your fingers to use your smartphone or tie your shoes without taking the whole glove off. They have reflective details and a zipper pocket.
A hat is an essential piece of gear for cold weather running. The fleece TrailHeads Goodbye Girl Snowflake Ponytail Hat ($28) is warm and comfortable, especially with a two-layer earband for extra protection. With a loop in the back, it's a great hat for ponytail wearers and the reflective accents keep you visible on your running route.
Roads snowy or icy? Don't let that keep you from heading out the door. Just strap on a pair of Yaktrax Run ($40) and go! They are like snow tires for your shoes. The removable spikes and steels coils give you extra traction and security when running on snow and ice.