Winter running gear

Because the gyms are currently closed, so I can’t run on a treadmill, I am now running outdoors this winter. As my wife and others have told me, it’s just a question of having the right gear!

This morning, it was -11C outside when I went for my usual 5K run in my neighbourhood. Here’s what I wore, in more or less the order that I put it on:

  • Running shorts
  • 2 long-sleeved T-shirts
  • Compression socks
  • Heavy wool socks
  • Long underwear
  • Long pants
  • Wool sweater
  • Heavy running jacket
  • Neckband
  • Running headphones
  • Balaclava
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Running shoes with nanospikes

Once I had all of this on, it wasn’t actually that bad out. I can probably do up to at least -15C with this gear.

The nanospikes, especially, are wonderful – they’re cleats that attach to running shoes and provide traction on slippery roads or sidewalks. So far, I have successfully used them in heavy snow and on slippery ice without problems. I wind up running more slowly with them on than without, but my legs get more of a workout with them on, so it’s an acceptable tradeoff. Besides, I’m getting out into the fresh air!

I tend to go at dawn or a little before, when there are fewer people out – mostly, it’s just the early morning dog walkers. Because I live near a neighbourhood with low population density and sidewalks on both sides of the street, at that time of the morning I can run without worrying about whether I am getting too close to anyone. This is a bit of a relief.

Anyway, I’m still heading out there, and the regular exercise is healthy for me. I am looking forward to warmer weather, though!