Chilly Weather, Hot Bod: 4 Tips for Winter Running

Post by Annika Ferwerda: Nursing Student & Running Enthusiast

The onset of winter means many changes. Shorter days, cooler temperatures, snow, ice and worst of all treadmill running! But there is good news! Although winter running can present many of the same challenges as running in extreme summer heat, I have compiled some of my favourite tips to keep you outdoors all year long!

4 Tips for Winter Running

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1.Layer Up

This isn’t quite as simple as throwing on a sweater and heading out the door. By strategically layering moisture wicking base fabrics under insulated weatherproof tops, you can achieve the perfect balance of breathability and warmth. A well thought out winter running wardrobe allows you to adjust for varying levels of cold. Below are some of my essentials!

  • Toasty Tech Tight by Lululemon: these tights are absolutely amazing for warmth and wind protection, and the best part… they aren’t bulky at all! They also have tons of little pockets for your keys, phone or gym card.
  • Adidas Climaheat longsleeve baselayer: this cozy base layer is moisture wicking and fleece lined. Perfect combo!
  • Nike Shield Runner Jacket: this lightweight jacket is wind and water resistant with plenty of zippered vents for customized breathability. It is also super reflective to keep you safe on those winter night runs!
  • Run and Done Ear Warmer: I am obsessed with this. It’s made of two layers of super cozy fabric, so it’s completely adjustable to fit your head. There is nothing worse than frozen ears on a long run!
  • Gloves: You know those thin, cheap little gloves you can get from the Dollar store?! Those are perfect for your winter running kit! They are nice and small so they easily fit in a jacket pocket once you warm up.

With some trial and error, you will be able to find the clothing combination that works best for you.

2. Be Prepared for the Sniffles 

I can’t be the only one who’s nose and eyes won’t stop running in a cold winter wind! Throw a couple Kleenex in your pocket before you head out the door, they will be a life saver 20 minutes later!

3. Warm Up 

This is super important! Warming up always seems to be an aspect of working out that most people skip, but when you are heading out into sub zero temperature it is essential. Try 25 jumping jacks, 25 butt kicks and 25 high knees to get your heart pumping!

4. Reward Yourself!

After a chilly run through the snow, you deserve some pampering.My favourite is to warm up with a hot bath and some of my favourite tea

Thanks so much for sharing these tips with us Annika!!! Who’s ready for some winter running?!

Annika is a Human Kinetics Graduate & current Nursing student at Western University. She’s also a two time half-marathon runner & has a strong passion for health & fitness. 

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