Winter Running: LAYERING 101

dsc_0146If what the weather experts are saying is true, layering is going to be more important than ever to get through a winter full of running. With the right pieces, you don’t have to change much about your running routine, even when the weather gets downright nasty! Let’s get down to it:

Upper Body

LAYER #1: BASE

Your baselayer is the most important part of the operation. If you mess this one up, the other two cannot perform their important functions. The baselayer is made of a knit fabric, which gives it stretch in all directions. Your baselayer should be made of a poly or wool blend (no cotton) and fit closely to the skin. It will trap your body heat and grab sweat from your skin. MORE ON BASELAYERS

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Pictured: Saucony Ridgerunner Baselayer. Lightweight, super soft, and the long and lean silhouette is perfect for tucking in.

Favorite Baselayers: Craft Active Extreme, Saucony Ridgerunner, Brooks Streaker

LAYER #2: MID

Your midlayer will help further insulate your core. It should also be a poly or wool blend and will be a knit material with a lot of stretch. As the baselayer brings sweat off of the skin, the midlayer will grab it and bring it further away from your skin’s surface. A midlayer will generally have a half-zip for some ventilation, and will often have a pocket or two and some reflectivity.

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Pictured: Nike Sphere Element Half-Zip. An extra soft waffle knit and a foldover mitt makes this a warm choice for winter runs.

Favorite Midlayers: Sugoi Midzero, Craft Brilliant Thermal, Nike Sphere Element

LAYER #3: SHELL

This is an important part of your wardrobe in either extreme cold conditions or precipitation. The outer shell will generally be a woven material (less stretchy than a knit) and offer either wind/water resistance or insulation (or both). An outer shell will offer you a few pockets and some reflectivity, and sometimes will have a hood.

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Pictured: Asics Accelerate Jacket. Fully waterproof but breathable with a hood, knitted cuffs and thumbholes.

Favorite Shells: Sugoi Zap Training Jacket, Saucony Vitarun Jacket, Asics Accelerate Jacket

Lower Body

LAYER 1: TIGHTS

Layering is less of a factor on the lower body – keeping the core (where bloodflow originates) insulated will help warm the extremities. But a good pair of tights is still important during the winter months. In mild weather, go with a light or midweight – it’s just about coverage. In very cold weather, we’re looking at lined thermal material. Look for a brushed lining (feels fleecy) or a thicker material to insulate the legs. Tights will also provide a pocket or two and some reflectivity.

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Pictured: Sugoi Midzero Zap Tight. A brushed lining and snug fit keep the legs insulated and reflectivity helps keep you safe at night.

Favorite Lightweight Tights: Asics Printed Tight, Brooks Go-To Tight

Favorite Heavyweight Tights: Sugoi Midzero Zap Tight, The North Face Winter Warm Tight

Stop by your nearest Marathon Sports location and we’ll help get you outfitted to take on the winter!

RELATED POSTS: The Almighty Baselayer // Winter Accessory Guide

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