I’ve received quite a few questions about my winter running gear, so here’s a little recap of what I wore on a recent long run. (FYI: It was 21 degrees when I started running and 25 degrees when I finished.) They’re items that I absolutely love and recommend 100%!
Brooks Running Women’s Seattle Shell (<– on sale right now!)
The Seattle Shell is a great all-around winter running jacket. It totally protects you from the elements. It’s waterproof, but fully breathable, and offers protection from the wind too. There’s also a full-zip chin guard and warm fuzzy neck lining as well as a hood that zips into the collar for when you need it. Other cool features: Front pockets that zip and one even has an inner pocket that perfectly fits my iPhone, which means I don’t need to wear my SPIbelt during my run, and it’s one less thing to have on my body.
I also love the “media port” on the zipper to hold your headphones, so they don’t bounce around while you run.
And, finally, I love that the length of this jacket is on the longer side and has an adjustable cinch cord at the bottom, so I don’t get cold winter-y drafts when I run. It’s truly an awesome piece of gear for cold weather. Another winter running jacket that I highly recommend is the Nike ‘Shield Max’ Water Repellent Hooded Running Jacket. It got me through the most insane (weather-wise) marathon training last year. Full review here.
Under my running jacket, I wore the Brooks Running Women’s Distance Long Sleeve, but sometimes I’ll wear a
short sleeve underneath. It just depends on the temperature and how brave I’m feeling. I will also sometimes wear the long sleeve alone with gloves if the temps are a bit warmer (40s). And I’ll sometimes just wear it around the house or running errands because it’s just so soft and cozy. (I’m also wearing the Brooks Running Women’s Streaker Capri in black. I actually own two pairs of these capris now because I love them so much. FYI: Some colors are on sale right now!)
On my bottom half, I wore tights from Brooks. They’re breathable, but have wind and waterproof protection where it’s needed most, like on the quads. They’re stretchy (no chafing) with a drawstring waistband, so you don’t have to worry about them falling down either.
And probably what I like best is the length of these tights. I’m 5’4″ and they fit perfectly. There’s a zipper at the ankle, which does not bother me at all. I loved my winter running pants from last year, but it always bugged me that the zippers sometimes rubbed on my ankles because they were too long despite the correct sizing.
These gloves are the bomb! I honestly can’t stop raving about them. They have multiple layers of warmth, including a windproof mitt cover for extra protection that can easily be tucked away if you don’t need it.
They also have a tech-tipped thumb and index finger, so you can switch up your music/podcast or take pictures of your run without exposing your hands. They really are the best gloves! Highly recommend.
And, finally, to keep my ears warm and hair out of my face, I wore the Greenlight Headband from Brooks. I love this headband because, obviously, it’s two-in-one (ear warmer + headband), but also because it’s comfy and stays put. In addition to black, it comes in bright, fun colors with a reversible pattern on one side, which now I wish I picked (so cute), and they’re on sale for just $19!
Question of the Day
Which do you prefer: Running in colder temps or warmer temps?
P.S. The photos in this post were taken by the wonderful and amazing Lucie Wicker!