Winter has finally arrived in Minnesota and this morning’s run was the first of the season with respectably cold temps.
I firmly believe in year-round racing and winter’s no excuse to hibernate with the treadmill. So here’s my guide to dressing to run in really cold weather.
Start with Smartwool socks and baselayer
I know, Smartwool is ridiculously expensive and you may be afraid of wearing wool, but it’s the world’s best base layer; you can launder it in the washing machine and it wears like iron.
Warm ears, fingers, and toes are the key to comfort
Running shoes are made to breathe, so avoid cold feet by wearing a thin sock liner with the toe warmers on top of your toes and then Smartwool socks on top. Layering the socks keeps the toe warmers in place and avoids blisters.
Layer your gloves too. I wear thin running gloves with hand warmers and mittens. The dead air space of the mittens combined with the hand warmers will keep your hands toasty no matter how cold it gets.
A little cold is better than too hot. The wind chill was -8 this morning but i was plenty warm with just my Smartwool base, an Underarmour T-Shirt and relatively thin outer layer. Expect to be a little cold the first 15 minutes or so, but then you should be generating enough heat to stay warm.
And the result? A great long run under clear blue skies.
So don’t let cold weather get in your way - get out there and have a great run!