We made it to February – hallelujah. However winters past remind me that we are NOT out of the danger zone of cold, snowy weather (some years I feel like we are just entering it!). I never used to train outside through the winter months, I would take my runs inside to the dreadmill until the temperatures rose above 40*. Things changed last winter when I decided I wanted to try to run a PR in the 13.1 distance in the spring – thus I was required to bundle up and head outside. This year, after taking a few months off from serious running, I again decided to chase down a PR in a 13.1 (Brooklyn Half specifically). The secret I’ve learned – having the right gear makes ALL of the difference. Why I never bought a running jacket before now is unclear! After run testing more clothes than I would like to admit – and yes some I had to take back – here are some of my favorites!!!! (And if you want to know how to pick your different layers and stay warm – check out our post here!)
This.Is.A.Life.Changer. Seriously – if you don’t have this jacket and it’s still available in your size – go get it. It’s warm (800 fill power goose down *RDS certified*), water resistant, and has all the features you could want. A few bonuses – thumbholes and zipper vests in the chest for when things warm up!
Top: NB Heat Hoodie ($90)
When I first started running marathons – I went overboard at the race merchandise tent (hey – in my defense I thought I was only doing one or two – I didn’t know I was going to fall in love). Now I make myself pick two items that I really really really love and cut myself off. This past NYC marathon I grabbed this NB Heat Hoodie in a bright royal blue (my favorite color) and it immediately became a regular in my winter regimen. It has a waffle fleece lining, foldover mitten cuffs, thumb holes, and a hood that helps keep me super warm (*newer models have a ponytail slit and I won’t lie – I’m a little jealous mine doesn’t). On super cold days – I pair this hoodie with the jacket and it keeps me nice and toasty.
Finding cold weather tights is tricky for me – you want a pair that will keep you warm without restricting your movement too much. I have two older pair of tights that keep me warm – but they are a little stiff and I feel that restriction when I run. I tried a pair of brushed leggings from lululemon this winter but I didn’t find them as warm as I wanted. Finally – I found the perfect pair! The tech fleece fabric has the stretch that I want while providing the warmth that I need. They also meet my other two requirements – high waisted and interior drawcord. Only thing I would add next time – side pockets please 🙂