May All Your Miles Be Warm & Merry: Winter Running Essentials

Winter Running Essentials

Running in the winter can feel exhilarating, but it can also be a bit dangerous if you aren’t #gearedup appropriately. From top to bottom, Run Forever Sports presents you with our take on the most essential winter running gear.

Hat & Face Mask. Clearly, a hat keeps both your head and ears warm. Science tells us a more interesting fact, though: 30% of body heat escapes through the head. We don’t know about you, but when it’s in single digits or below zero, that 30% becomes pretty important! Choosing a hat that fits properly and is lined with a comfortable fabric is a must for winter running. If it’s really cold out, a breathable mask is also a must. Keyword: breathable. A mask that is ventilated is best as it allows you to breath normally while keeping your nose and the bottom half of your face warm.

Neck Gaiter. A neck gaiter shields your neck from the cold. Think of it as somewhat of a Dickey for running (did we show our age there?). A neck gaiter is more beneficial than a scarf because it produces a fit that is more snug. Unlike a scarf that can easily become loose when you’re bouncing up and down during your winter run, a neck gaiter stays in place because it is pulled over your head and cannot loosen. There are gaiters lined with fleece, wool, and nothing at all. Based on typical temperatures in your area along with your wool itch-factor, there’s a gaiter that fits every runner.

Gloves. Of course, winter gloves keep your hands warm! But more goes into choosing the best gloves for running. Some gloves are made for maximum warmth, and others are made for maximum dexterity. Dexterity is the ability to perform tasks with your hands. When you’re searching for the perfect pair of running gloves, make sure you take warmth vs. dexterity into account. Most of us aren’t performing any tasks when we’re out logging miles, so a glove with maximum warmth would likely be best for most runners. However, if you anticipate fumbling for and dropping energy gels and hydration that are tucked away, you may want to pay more attention to gloves that advertise dexterity.

Thermal Tights. In temperatures that are in the single digits or below zero, layering is a must. A form fitting pair of tights, specifically those that hold heat well, is perfect for layering. They should also be moisture wicking and breathable, and the layers should not cause you to sweat excessively. Sweating during outdoor cardio activities can lead to damp skin which can unfortunately lead to hypothermia, so it’s important to make sure the tights provide warmth and keep the sweat off of you as much as possible.

Compression Socks. Muscles that are cold do not perform as well; more importantly, they’re more susceptible to injury. In the cold weather, professional grade compression gear is key as it helps blood flow and keep your muscles warm. Run Forever Sports has you covered with our high quality, professional grade compression gear. Not only will our compression sleeves and compression socks keep you going and help you perform in cold temps, but they’ll also help alleviate pain when you’re back from your run.

What are some of your favorite winter running essentials? We want to hear from you!