It is finally feeling like fall here in DC. And with that comes cooler weather and the promise of winter on the horizon. My absolute favorite running weather is around 40 degrees. Cool enough for long sleeves but warm enough for shorts. That is the sweet spot for me! I think that transitional weather running can be tricky, so wanted to share how I go about preparing for winter running.
So the key in my mind for preparing for winter running, is figuring out your preference for those shoulder seasons. Personally, I like to have a couple of default options. Once the calendar hits November, I basically run exclusively in long sleeves. Depending on the temps, I’ll match my long sleeve top with either shorts or tights. What I’ve found that really helps when preparing for winter running is making sure you have all the right accessories. On that note, I recently had the chance to try the new Oiselle Power Stretch mittens, gloves and ear band (you can find all of Oiselle’s accessories here and note while I did receive these items free of charge, this review is the real deal). And, y’all? You NEED these in your life. Trust and believe. I just may or may not have had a bit of a temper tantrum when I realized I forgot to pack them on my business trip. Because they are perfect.
They are warm, stretchy and just cozy. When I put on the mittens and the gloves, my face literally broke out in a smile. The fabric (Polartec Power Stretch Pro) feels luxurious and oh so warm.
The fabric is awesome. AND there are reflective details on both the mittens and gloves which helps when running before work or after work (daylight savings). And you can text (or take a picture in my case) on the run with these babies. Sweet! The Power Stretch ear band is great because the fleece lining keeps ears cozy but so far I haven’t found it to be too warm – which I hate. No one likes headsweat from your ear band!
I’m ready for winter running with all my great gear – if you are looking for gloves, mittens or an earband that will go the distance, I highly recommend all three of these!
What is your go to winter running accessory?