I have been enjoying cold weather running a lot more lately. It is mostly because of how convenient it is for me. I can just walk out my door and run at a river trail. I don’t have to pay a gym fee, and I get to stretch my legs and get fresh air.
An added bonus is that you don’t really need any equipment to run except a pair of running shoes! Except in the winter and cold weather months, I find myself having to make sure I have plenty of warm running clothes, gloves, warmer socks, etc.
So, here are some cold weather running basics that I am loving right now. These running picks could be good for fall to winter! Disclaimer: I am not paid to talk about these products–it is all my honest opinion, but I make pennies from Amazon links in the post.
I recently discovered that “The Turtle” neck warmer still exists!!! I was thrilled to find it on Amazon. We wore these every single winter as kids growing up in New York. After I moved to Georgia, I didn’t think about the turtle, but for running it could come in quite handy. I just ordered two in a lime green and aqua color!
I highly recommend “the turtle” because it keeps your neck and lower chin warm. You don’t have to worry about the annoyance of it falling down like you do with scarves.
This is not necessarily a cold weather kind of thing, but it is my new favorite exercise accessory for the moment. My Mom gifted me the one pictured below, and I wore it today for the first time today. It almost seems magical how this hair band does not slip and slide one bit. It stays perfectly in place, keeps sweat and hair out of your face, and does not hurt your head. Love it!
The only negative is that one hair band will cost you about $15 either online or you can usually find them at your local running store. You can also get a “mystery” sweaty band for $7.50. You won’t know what color you are getting, but you save 50%.
I love how they have festive hair bands for the seasons! Haha.
TJ Maxx for Running Clothes
I DO NOT shop at specialty running stores because of the crazy insane prices. Instead, I go to TJ Maxx or an equivalent discount store where I get pretty much the same clothes for a small percentage of what it would normally cost. I also shop at the outlets to get similar pricing and excellent quality.
Here is what I picked up today:
Sadly, I lost my last running jacket. So, I got this new pink one for $30! I also bought another soft long sleeve shirt for $12, and some socks that are a little longer so that they will better cover my ankles in the cool months.
I have not yet bought a headlamp for running during these upcoming dark winter nights. However, the time change is coming soon! And that is what happens when you are a normal working person–you might have to run in the dark.
Anyway, I have never worn one of these, but most people have said they are excellent so long as you wear it over a hat or a fleece headband of some sort. This Petzl Tikkina 2 is only $20, so I might try it out. There are other brands and models that can cost you $70-$100 easily, but most people say the cheaper ones work for them just fine.
I have only run a few times in the dark, but it was in a parking lot or side street of some sort where I had to still worry about cars and car noises. I plan to run on a trail with a light so that I don’t have to worry about the cars.
Do you run in the dark and cold?
I’d love to hear feedback since I am more of a comfortable temperature, daylight runner 😉