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What To Wear For Winter Running | How To Dress For A Run In Winter

What To Wear For Winter Running | How To Dress For A Run In Winter

– Whatever the weather,
running is the one sport that you can usually do all year round wherever you are. It’s the simplicity of purely tying up your shoelaces and heading out of the door that I love about running. – And in the winter, when
it’s wet and cold, dark, and in particular all three, a little more thought is
required for us to make sure we stay safe and warm
and still enjoy our run. So I think I better go change. – Yeah, in this video
we’re gonna be covering what you should wear for
all weather conditions that you’ll experience
with winter running. (energetic music) – The old adage that
there is no such thing as bad weather just poor kit choices, does have an element of truth to it. So on that note, we’re
gonna start with the bottom and work our way up. – Yeah, having the correct
footwear is important. And winter is often a
great time to get in those long base miles and it’s
quite nice to mix it up with a little bit of off road running. But your usual road or track shoes isn’t necessarily best designed
for slippery muddy surfaces. So it could be worth
investing in a pair of trail shoes that have a bit of extra grip and also a little bit more support just to help get your foot nice and secure in your shoe. – And when your feet get cold and wet, there is really nothing much worse. Especially, trying to run in something that feels like a block of
ice on the end of our legs. So it’s worth looking into
shoes, as Heather says, that’ve got good waterproof uppers, cause they can really make a difference, particularly if you live
in a place where its wet or you’re gonna be running through boggy or marshy areas. – It’s actually worth noting
that some off road shoes, even though they’ve got added grip for running in the mud can weirdly be a little
bit slippery on tarmac. So if you’re going to invest in a new pair and you know that you’re going to be running both on and off road, it’s worth checking this out. And if you’re sticking
with your normal shoe and you’re going to be running in some muddy conditions then, you do need to look after them. So get the excess mud
off and try and dry them naturally to prolong their life and make sure that you
don’t have cold soggy shoes to put back on. – And another thing
that’s really important with this type of running in the winter is your sock choice. I personally in the winter time like to wear compression socks cause I often wear long trousers, so I like that because it gives me a little bit of an
extra snug fit by nature of the compression in the sock, also really helps to
avoid blisters and rubs. But another really useful factor of the compression sock, is it gives us a lot of good coverage and protection over the achilles, which is something that
a lot of us have problems with and injuries as well. So, what I would finally
say with socks is, when you get something you’re happy with, buy a few extra pairs and keep them safe. – What to wear on your legs will continue to split runners forevermore. When its cold, I personally choose to wear 3/4 length or full length running tights, but even when there is snow on the ground, you’ll still see some
runners running in shorts. So that’s partly cause they don’t like to have any restriction over their knees. So, if you’re one of those people, but you wanna keep your legs warm, you could opt for a loose fitting, but light weight running trouser. – Running in the wet is
a little bit different, because running in
leggings or long trousers, like I like to wear, they can get wet especially
if the material draws in a lot of the moisture. So you have to be
careful that the leggings don’t start pulling down on to your legs below the knees, that can get annoying, but is it’s wet and warm, then shorts are going to be totally fine. But if you are wearing shorts, be mindful to keep your upper body and your core warm. Don’t forget about layering up properly there. – Yeah, and obviously it
depends on what type of session you’re doing. If say you’re going to be
doing a hard track session, you might want to
consider putting shorts on and then putting your
running tights over the top. So you warm up like that, then you can take your leggings off for your main set. And the same goes for racing. Cause you usually want
to have no restriction over your knees, as much for physical benefit, but also quite a psychological benefit. – So this is where you have options and layers can come in. So before you head out in your session, have a look outside. Gauge what the conditions
and the temperature are and also consider the
session you have planned. – Yeah, I mean I’ve often been told, be bold, start cold. And if you do start off a little bit cold, you usually find after
five minutes of jogging, you’re probably going
to be just about right. But obviously that is within reason and it depends what
run you’ve got planned. Say you’ve got an easy aerobic run, you’re probably going to want more layers than if you’re doing
threshold type efforts. – Layering is a great way to keep warm without having to buy too much specific winter kit. So when I’m running I
like to have something just a T-shirt under a long sleeve, if it’s going to be colder, than I might put on like a thicker bigger longer sleeve or a jacket, but also if you’re gonna take those off, think about how you’re
gonna take them off, where you’re gonna put them. A jacket you can tie up
and tie around your waist. Or if you’re doing a session or something where you’re going to
be going around a lap, then just find a handy bush and put things underneath it. – Yeah and rain and wind
chill can actually make the conditions feel colder
than they actually are. So investing in a decent running jacket will make running in
those kind of conditions far more enjoyable. But before you go out and
invest on a new jacket, it’s worth trying on your
cycle jacket or gilet cause sometimes they can actually double up for running. (energetic music) – We’ve spoken a lot about
keeping our core warm, but we mustn’t forget about
our hands and our head. And I for one, come the winter months, have always got a hat on when I’m running. And I would recommend you do the same or at least for your warm ups. – Yeah, our you could
consider wearing something like a buff or a headband
that keeps your ears warm but when you’re working hard that still allows the heat
out through your head. And if the weather
conditions are really harsh, then you might want something like this around your neck, which you can then just
pull up over your chin to add extra protection. But if it’s wind and rain
that you’re trying to protect yourself from, then a baseball cap or a visor will do a good job in
sheltering your face. – Gloves are also a really essential part of my winter wardrobe. In fact, I’ve got quite a few different weights of gloves for
different temperatures, you know how cold it gets. If I was doing a hard run session, stripping off jacket and other layers, I’m still going to be keeping my gloves on regardless. And it also acts as a
really good portable hanky. – The colder it is, the
more thorough a warm up you’re going to require. Especially ahead of a key session or any speed work that
you might have planned. And again, remember if you use layers you can always take them
off for the main set. – And if you’re going to
be doing a major race, like a marathon or something where they are going to be holding
you for quite a while before the start, be mindful of that and
bring some old clothes, something you’re happy to discard, or even something like a foil blanket or bin liners, they can
work really well too. – It’s common to get pretty
warm when you’re running and then to think that
you’re going to stay warm, but you won’t. Especially if you’ve got sweaty. So, at this time of year try and get off your sweaty
clothes as soon as you can but if you haven’t got
a change of clothes, then you just want to add on the layers, because it’s much easier to try and maintain your warmth than it is to warm up
once you’ve got cold. Running in the dark or in
poor weather conditions, being visible is vital. You’ll find that quite a lot of winter running kit already has
reflected strips built into it so that other road users can see you, but some running clubs
actually insist on you wearing a fluorescent or a bright coloured top or an additional vest just to make sure that
you’re that much more visible for safety. – And if you are gonna
be running at night, then a really good invest is one of these, a head torch. Especially if you are
away from the streetlights that give that extra brightness, but also be mindful that if you’re running away from traffic, a light behind you would actually be a really good idea too. – So before you head
out for your winter run, just check the forecast to get an idea of the conditions and remember that if you’ve been sat in a warm office or in your house, initially when you step out it’s going to feel much colder than it actually is. And that’s a mistake
that I quite often make. – And investing in a few
key pieces of warm winter kit can make the things
all the more enjoyable. Don’t let the bad weather stop you. If you’ve enjoyed our video, give us the thumbs up, to see more of our videos on the channel, please click on the globe to subscribe. If you want to see a
video about eight ways to run through the winter, click here. – And if you want some tips on general triathlon training throughout the winter, you can find a video on that, just here.

76 thoughts on “What To Wear For Winter Running | How To Dress For A Run In Winter

  1. I wear vest and shorts no matter the weather, i will bang a hat on if its raining or very windy and as i run by the sea i stick a head torch on if its dark. Wind, rain, hail, sand storms, all adds to the mix 😁

  2. Thanks so much for the vid. It's getting colder in Toronto, but I luv. I realize that I'm putting on too many tops to go running in, as like you said, five minutes into the run I start getting hot and with the layers my upper body gets uncomfortable.

    I need waterproof shoes. Some days it rains and the water pools on the sidewalk. Drives me crazy!

    I wear a headlight in the front and a headlight for the back and I wear bright yellow reflective vest. Majority of drivers respect it, others don't!

  3. A buff has been the best investment for me when it's really cold and dry. Covering my mouth helps keep the asthma at bay on those days

  4. I am tempted to wear a sleeveless under a long-sleeved top on colder conditions, but that's about it, 2 layers. Running trousers is a staple for me, but damn… I'd sure love a pair of the Under Armor shoes with the soles having some of that Michelin rubber as undersole. 😂

  5. This was very informative for me! Thank you! I'm starting training for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon that is in April next year.

  6. winter, pha!
    have u ever been runnung in knee deep snow in the forest while -15 off board? – that is actually winter.
    dont buy this weak petz torch like they showed – dont waste your money. U need more light for running than 25 lumin. 100 or even 150 will do much better.

  7. Just in from a -12c run OTB, trail runners, seal skin socks, shorts, long sleeve thermal top, t-shirt, Salomon wind breaker jacket, light gloves, and a Buff for over the ears.
    When it’s colder -25C+ 🥶 I will wear running tights, maybe an extra pair of socks, thicker gloves(mitts) another buff for over my face, a neck warmer, a few more layers for the body, and maybe some ice cleats on my runners, depending on the conditions 😀

  8. One other aspect if it is very dry and cold that you lose a lot of water while breathing through your lungs. So you might need to drink as much as in summer due to sweating. Also when it is really dry and there is no or little wind you do not need much layers of clothing.The complete opposite is when there high air humidity that transports warmth away from your body, potentially ampilified by the wind chill effect. As a result, running in a dry -1°C dry environment (e.g. in the mountains) may feel more comfortable than +8°C in a foggy, humid  city in winter.Another aspect is snow and ice: fresh snow has a lot of grip, but melted and re-frozen snow or pure ice (e.g. rain fallen on frozen ground) can get quite dangerous / injury-prone.

  9. You mentioned waiting around in the cold before a big event like a marathon – I’ve found that a big, fluffy bathrobe with a hood is the best thing for that. It’s like a big blanket you can tie around yourself and keep your hands and arms free when you wear it.

  10. Water proof running shoes are great for the winter. More so because they keep the cold wind/air away from your feet — they are actually pretty bad in deep snow, because snow can get inside, melt, and not have a way to drain. A good way to continue to use existing running shoes is to invest in a pair of water proof socks — which can be a good, cheaper alternative. I also use Yak Trax running cleats (they fit over your existing shoes) when it is Icey or snowy outside.

    Running outside in the winter is something I really enjoy doing.

  11. Depends but at 20 and below F. Id wear a winter hat with a scarf I could put over my face if need be. A long sleeve thermal shirt with a fleece jacket on top. Winter running tights on the bottom. Oh and i do most my running at 0430 so very dark out at that time. Always use a head lamp.

  12. Great video 👍 there's nothing worse than overheating when out on a run,have to agree with your tip. If you are cool when you head out to start your run that's a good target.

  13. Ahhh, I'm glad I'm in Sydney, Australia! Right now it's getting very warm 🙂 In winter here I typically use my normal shoes (no snow in Sydney), but with long compression pants, a jacket, a beanie, and a head torch if I'm running in the dark!

  14. Hi! I'm running only in the city. That means I can't run in off-road running shoes. But at the same time my summer shoes get wet very fast. What do you suggest? Are there types of running shoes designed for city but with weather protection?

  15. how did the pictures switch up. i would be worried about what to wear. i would worry more about the ghost thats moving things around in the houser

  16. No matter what I do it feels like my throat is getting ripped out when the weather gets below 5 degrees celcius. Doesn't matter if it's -10 or even -20 degrees celcius it hurts the same. Been like that all my life. Running in the cold sucks, period.

  17. Do you consider a video on kit for actual winter conditions? Wool (wool blend) underwear, gloves vs. mittens, spike shoes vs. devices too put under shoes, insulating insoles, double socking, etc.

  18. Ohhhhh my goodness! Winter🤣🤣🤣 I'm from Minnesota and was expecting these folks to give me tips on how to run in snow and -50 windshields!

  19. I live in a mild part of the US, where at the coldest it gets to around 10*F (-12*C), but usually hovers around 20*F to 32* (-6 to 0C). For shoes, I run in non-waterproof trailrunning shoes (NewBalance Trail690v2). My socks are Darn Tough Merino Wool: best I've ever found for keeping my feet warm, wicking moisture, and preventing blisters. I prefer calf-length socks. I always run in shorts unless it's REALLY cold, then I throw a pair of tights on underneath. For shirts, I run in a short sleeve T-Shirt, a thin fleece hoodie that's 3/4 zip, and if it's rainy or windy, I chuck on my rain jacket that has pit-zips and back vents, so it's variable if I get too hot. Always wear gloves and a beanie. As for lights, I rock a Black Diamond Cosmo headlamp to see and a few clip lights on my shirt and shorts to be seen.

  20. Not helpful. The video is well made but the content wasn't good. I don't know what to exactly look for in a winter running shoe and didn't speak on materials at all… In essence this video told me to dress for the weather but what that actually means the video didn't answer.

  21. So when it's cold and raining what examples of running trousers to buy?! You don't want pants that soak up the water in cold weather…

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