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Winter Running Tips for Your Corner of the Country

With the holiday season fully upon us, it’s easy to put your running to the side while of course, winter weather doesn’t always help… unless you’re in the southeast. We see you with your warm temperatures!

But we want you to keep running this winter, no matter where in the country you are. Check out our tips by region to make the most of your mileage.

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Click the map to see a larger version of what running weather in your area is like.

Northwest:

It’s rainy and gray, but rarely is it too nasty out to go for a run.

1. Find a lightweight, waterproof layer. You won’t need to bundle up, but keeping dry during showers is a must.

2. Plan to run during the day or invest in some Nightlife gear. Winter’s short days seem even shorter when it’s so gray out.

3. Put in your miles on popular running routes. Seeing your fellow runners slogging it out will help motivate you.

Southwest:

Mostly mild temperatures and lots of sun mean winter running isn’t half bad.

1. Layer up with light, breathable options or something simple like a long sleeve. If you’re accustomed to southwest weather, you may feel the occasional chill, but you’ll probably warm up into your run.

2. Depending on where you are and what elevation you’re at, you’re no stranger to cold snaps and snow, it just doesn’t happen as frequently as other parts of the country. Make a winter promise with a running buddy to get a run in on the first snow of the year- either outside or inside on treadmills- to set a healthy trend for the season.

3. If you do get a sudden, unexpected freeze, try warming up inside. Do some squats, push ups, calf raises and other exercises to get your muscles firing, heart beating and internal temperature up before you head out the door.

Central U.S.:

Snow, snow, cold, snow, cold, snow.

1. You’ll want the Adapt Jacket. Polyfill insulation and a stowable balaclava make this piece a cold weather favorite.

2. Plan your workouts with a buddy to keep you accountable… even if that means resorting to tip No. 3.

3. Consider a Plan B that involves a treadmill or cross training. We know it might not be your first option, but we also know daytime highs below freezing are a reality.

Midwest:

It’s windy, it’s cold, it snows, but runners in the Midwest are nothing if not tough.

1. Find the best time of day to run for your schedule and for the weather. If sleet is forecast for the afternoon, this could be a perfect opportunity to wake up early and try a morning run.

2. Layer and accessorize. The right gear will keep you protected from the elements and running comfortably through some of the harshest conditions. Check out the Adapt Jacket. It’s insulated and has a stowable balaclava.

3. Consider a treadmill backup. It might just be time to break out that big ol’ thing from the garage for a couple months.

Northeast:

Nor’easters are a real thing.

1. City skylines are gorgeous, but if you’re locked into a metropolis for most of the week, try switching up your winter running routine by getting out of town for a long run or try trail running. This running occasion will make you more committed to brave the elements, and the change of scenery will energize you. Bonus tip: Bring along some friends for added accountability and maximum fun times.

2. The right gear will help. For nasty days, start with a Heater Hog to keep you warm and add on the Infiniti Jacket IV for extra protection and warmth.

3. Consider a treadmill run as a worst-case-scenario option. You can even try a treadmill running class to get your group run fix at studios like Mile High Run Club.

Southeast:

A runner’s winter paradise

1. Mild temperatures mean you can get away with a lot in the winter in this part of the U.S., even the occasional no-shirt or sports-bra-only run.

2. If seeing your friend’s snow-filled running shots on Instagram is making you a little jealous of their winter wonderland, try switching up your running routes to get on the trails or run through a new neighborhood. Adding in variety will keep you motivated this season and throughout the year.

3. For drizzly days or cooler temps, try the LSD Lite Vest. No sleeves means your arms can breathe while your core stays protected in this feather light, packable, water-resistant and windproof vest.

 

What tips keep you running where you live? Share them with us in the comments below.

About Derek
I’m a runner, a writer, and a shoe lover who enjoys morning coffee, travel, singing in the car, and getting legitimately lost on trail runs. Three things I can’t live without: bubble tea, Fridays, and my Brooks PureFlow’s.
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