10 Miler and Winter Running Gear

Good morning! I just got back from a tough 10 mile training run. My mind and my body were not in sync. Does this ever happen to you? I still pushed my pace (finished in 1:16 averaging a 7:40 min/mile) but my head was just not in it.

I realized this morning just how much longer it takes to get ready to run outside in the winter as compared to the summer. I’m a grab-and-go runner so when it’s warm outside, I can wake up, get changed, grab a snack, and be out the door in 5-10 minutes. In the winter it takes more like 15-20 minutes. I thought it would be interesting to post all of my “must-have” winter running gear to see what you think.

First, my shoe pouch. It holds my keys and also sometimes my CTA pass (public transit, in case something happens and I can’t run home). This is really an all-weather thing.

Second, my Garmin (duh :P )

Third, warm pants. When it’s really cold or windy I wear fleece lined pants like these (Brooks brand).

Fourth, sweat-wicking base-layer. If it’s super cold out I’ll even through underarmor under this layer.

Fifth, ear and hand protection. My gloves actually have “wind shields” that transform the gloves into mittens when it’s frigid outside. When it’s not as cold, they can be stored in a little pouch on the top of the glove.¬†Pretty fancy right? ;)

Six, a running jacket. Mine is wind resistant and warm but it is also light weight (important for running longer distances). It usually does the trick on its own but I’ve been known to throw another sweatshirt on top of it when running in 20 degree or below weather.

Seven, my ipod.

See, it is a lot of stuff! Especially when you’re trying to gauge just how cold it is outside. Short-sleeve sweat-wicking shirt vs. long-sleeves? Lined pants vs. tights? It can be very time consuming!

What are your winter running essentials? Did I forget anything?