An athlete recently asked me what I recommended for winter running. Just in time for Holiday shopping, here were my recommendations!
|Winter running can be the best for base building and strength!|
Yaktraxs – strap on a pair of worn
out shoes and then you’re set for winter!!!!! Don’t strap to a minamalist shoe or you’ll feel the metal traction more than you shoud. I use an old pair of
Brooks Adrenalines – works great! They’re a must if you run on snow/ice/crap 🙂 Or any other shoe-studded option? Camille has a great blog on her studded shoes. http://camilleherron.com/2011/12/24/how-to-make-screw-shoes/
A buff – so nice to be able to pull up and down when you’re with the wind/against it… or in any winter conditions!
I am in LOVE with my Brooks Storm jacket, but I think they’ve
discontinued it. Dang. I ordered another jacket mid-year but it fit
really big (dang companies trying to fit the “average” runner!)… and I
am not that small 🙁
Obviously, shoes are GREAT! Consider buying a gift certificate through a local shop or the brands’ site directly!
What about REFLECTIVE GEAR?!? I am a HUGE fan of anything reflective – vests, jackets, gloves, hats, you name it! Seriously, this is probably the best gift your runner hasn’t thought of!!!!
Women’s Nightlife products:
GOOD pair of gloves! I’m spoiled since I have really warm hands when I
run, but if you don’t… let me know! I’ll reach out to cold-fingered
SmartWool or other wool socks!
tights – in love with Brooks’ Utopia Thermal Tight. (Women’s link here: http://www.brooksrunning.com/reflective-gear/mens-apparel-nightlife,default,sc.html) I also have used the
CW-X lined tight – just harder to get on because there isn’t a zip 🙂
Race Warm-Up Pants: I love Brooks’ Spartan Pants! Could be because they come in petite, but ya’ can forgive me for loving them! They also come in tall!!
Do you have a HR monitor to go with your Garmin/GPS monitor? If not, put that on your Xmas list!!
stretching/doing my sit-ups/push-ups 🙂
though, I’m hesitant to strap on a good pair in case I need to strip
down. So maybe put some big white socks on the Xmas list? 🙂
bras are great – I own a LOT of their Versitile and their Infiniti bra
(helpful for during or post-runs if you happen to nip-out often… ) (Sorry men! But the women in your life will appreciate the Infiniti!)
If there are other “must haves” for running, comment here!!! 🙂