Let’s face it, with gyms being closed we are limited on options and many of us have taken up running again. Many of us runners prefer to get those miles in outside the house. But when the weather is less than optimal it can be hard to get going. Here is some of the best running gear to make those outdoor activities more comfortable through the cold winter months.
Shoes: The right running shoes can make a big difference especially when running on concrete. If you’ve ever experienced aches and pains in your ankle, knees, or bottom of your foot, you were probably wearing the wrong shoes. Investing in a good pair of sneakers makes a huge difference in avoiding these issues. Personally I only run in Brooks Ghost running shoes. They are like running on a cloud and perfect for my cross country/road runs. Some tips to remember about running shoes is that they should be changed out every 6-12 months depending on how frequent you run. It’s also recommended that you try them on before committing as everyone’s feet are different. Check that they have a good return/exchange policy before you buy!
Clothing: There is nothing worst than bundling up on a run, then suddenly your body heats up and you have to start peeling the layers off and figuring out how to carry these items without letting them weigh you down. The right clothing allows you to be comfortable and focus on your run instead. I love anything from Under Armour specifically their Cold Weather gear. It’s light but keeps you warm especially during those frosty morning runs. They are also pretty affordable compared to some of their competitors. I recommend specifically look for items that are sweat free and that will not gather moisture easily.
Water/electrolytes: Depending on the length your run you may find yourself getting thirsty during your run. This is especially important for endurance type runs longer than 60 minutes. Electrolyte packages from Gatorade are convenient and you can pop them in your pocket. After 60 minutes electrolytes are essential for performance. I also like Liquid Iv hydration packs. There are some awesome backpack type hydration packs that allow you to carry water like a backpack. I personally don’t like the extra load and like the fanny pack style belt that carries my phone, keys and some can even carry a small water bottle.
Hat/Sunscreen: A good hat is awesome for keeping the sun out of your eyes. It also keeps raw perspiration away from the head helping keep you cool through evaporating sweat. Whether you wear a hat or not, always remember to wear sunscreen to protect yourself from those harmful UV rays.
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