When the temperature drops, your running gear needs to step up. The key to staying warm and fit during winter runs is layering. Start with a sweat-wicking base layer that keeps sweat at bay, add an insulating layer, such as a fleece or thermal shirt, and top it off with a wind- and water-resistant outer layer.
Running shoes for winter
Slippery conditions call for shoes with exceptional grip. Winter running shoes should have a solid sole model and be made of water-resistant material to prevent your feet from getting wet and cold. Some runners prefer trail running shoes in the winter because of their extra grip. Don't forget to add thermal socks or wool socks to them for extra warmth!
Protect your edges
Your ends suffer especially in cold conditions, so give them special attention. A good pair of gloves or mittens, a warm hat and a thermal neck scarf are essential. Look for gloves with touchscreen capability so you can operate your devices without exposing your fingers to the cold. And remember, much of the body's heat is lost through the head, so a hat is a must.
See well during the winter
Shorter days mean lower visibility. Make sure you can be seen by wearing reflective clothing