Having the right apparel makes all the difference when running in the cold. Layering is the key to avoiding over- or under-dressing. Consider wearing a layer that blocks the wind; pants, tights and top that wick the moisture away from your skin; and, for the coldest days, a mid-layer that fits more loosely, like fleece, that insulates and moves the moisture from your base layer away from your skin.
A good rule of thumb: You should feel chilly during the first mile or so of your run. If you feel toasty soon after heading out the door, you're probably going to get too hot and sweaty later on.
Protecting extremities is also a good idea for retaining body heat. Gloves, hats and face scarves can make a blustery day bearable.
Your winter running wardrobe should also include safety accessories like traction systems and reflective gear. Also be sure to hydrate before, during and after your runs to avoid dehydration. Here are a few gear tips for getting the most out of your next winter run:
Vasque Blur Trail Running Shoes
For added traction and water resistance, trail runners are a good choice when running on snow and ice. The Blur trail running shoe from Vasque is a supple, well-cushioned shoe featuring a dual-desnsity EVA footbed; reflective trim; and a microfiber and airmesh nylon fabric upper for maximum breathability and water resistance. $90. www.vasque.com
UnderArmour Women's ColdGear SubZero Mock
With compression fit and a feminine silhouette, this mock is designed to keep the female athlete warm and dry. Brushed, double-sided, elastane-enhanced fabric and rotated seams bolster mobility and maximize moisture transport. $49.99. www.underarmour.com
Under Armour ColdGear Escape Pants
Escape the cold in the Under Armour men's ColdGear Escape running pant. Moisture-wicking technology keeps you dry while retaining your body's thermal energy. Side zippers and grippers ensure a secure fit and help keep the tapered leg in place. $59.99.www.underarmour.com
Nau Acoustic Jacket
This low profile, stylish piece breathes, repels wind and water, and is made with recycled polyester and a stretchy synthetic for an unrestrained fit. The jacket has saddle stitched seams placed away from irritation points, sculpted sleeves, and laser cut zip pockets. $165.www.nau.com
Arc'teryx Alpha LT Jacket
The Alpha LT is the ultimate performance shell. Weighing in at a mere 13 oz., you can wear this elements-eschewing jacket to the summit of the Grand Teton or Mount Rainier, then fold and stuff it away in a tiny corner of your backpack like a magic cape. $499.www.arcteryx.com
Nathan Speed 4 Hydration Pack
Four 10 oz. nutrition flasks in molded holsters distribute weight evenly around the belt. Front and rear pockets hold essentials and help make the Speed 4 the ultimate mobile aid station. $45. www.nathansports.com