(Without Buying a Whole New Wardrobe)
It feels weird to be writing about dressing for winter running when the temperature is currently above zero. I’m kind of loving this warm weather and not having to stress about how to dress myself.
Knowing what to wear to run in the winter is one of the biggest things that has prevented me from getting out there in previous years. I didn’t want to blow all of my spending money on a whole new winter wardrobe so have been making use with what I already have and picking up some key pieces when I find a good deal or using gift cards. Running is free, but if you get caught up trying to buy all the best/newest gear and gadgets, it can become quite the expensive hobby. (On that note, if anyone feels like showering me in gifts, fitness stuff will always win me over. I hear Valentine’s Day is coming up…).
Here’s what my winter wardrobe has consisted of:
- Panache sports bra from The Bra Lounge
- Lululemon tank for base layer
- 2 long sleeves, one from Old Navy, one from Running Room (thanks to the gift card I received as part of my Calgary Marathon Forerunner welcome package!)
- Lululemon zip up
- Lorna Jane windbreaker
- Lorna Jane headband
- 2 pairs of leggings, one Fabletics, one Old Navy
- Wool toque (made by my mama)
- Wool socks (also made by my mama)
- Running Room gloves
- Shoes (just my standard Adidas)
Here’s what I would change:
- Swap my windbreaker for an actual winter running jacket. I think this is hands down the most important piece of clothing needed for winter running and the one thing to invest in. Thankfully I just ordered the Down For A Run Pullover from Lululemon (after calling 11 stores across two provinces to track down a size other than size 4…)
- Add another pair of pants over my leggings for days when it’s colder than -15. Even the Old Navy thermal leggings aren’t warm enough and my legs end up being freezing.
- Grab a pair of trail shoes for better grip on snowy trails. I’m hoping to find a BOGO deal when I have some extra spending money so I can grab a pair of trail running shoes and a regular pair of running shoes.
Really, what I would change is minimal. I think this goes to show that you really can work with what you have already as long as you have a base layer to wick away moisture and an outer layer that helps keep the cold wind off, what you wear in between can be improvised easily enough. (Of course, I can’t help feel a little self conscious passing other runners, dressed in legit winter running gear while I’m out there in my hodgepodge outfits.)
With spring just around the corner, winter styles will be hitting the sale shelves soon which is a great time to snag some gear for next year. I also love scoping out Old Navy for more inexpensive pieces with great sales.
What are your tips for dressing for winter running?