Fundamentally, I find running in the winter far more comfortable than through the very humid and hot days that we often get in July and August. The most challenging part of the winter is poor footing, particularly when attempting to run faster workouts. As far as cold temperatures, wind speed makes all the difference. When the temperatures drop below -5C with windchill, it makes good sense to figure out a route that minimizes exposure to strong headwinds. If you do have to run into strong winds wearing suitable accessories can make a big difference.
Here are the accessories I have to face temperatures up to minus 20C. In addition to the headgear shown, I would most likely don my thermal hoodie from MEC. The key design feature of this piece is the well-constructed hood which comfortably wraps around the face and forehead.
I find that wool with its natural wicking properties works best. I got my favourite wool hat free, at a swap meet in the Yukon more than 10 years ago.
I bought this fleece neck warmer at MEC for $4.99
This vented-bandana-style face protector made by Seirus was bought at Dick’s in the U.S. you may find one of these at a store specializing in snowboarding gear.
I bought this Buff multi-functional headgear in the Yukon prior to taking part in the Klondike Road Relay in 2007. It can double as a head band, neck warmer or face protector.
These double-lined fleece mittens have been my favourite for years. They were bought for $7.99 at Chocky’s.
Again, wool seems to work best for warmth and wicking. I like these Wigwam hiking socks with merino wool content, bought at MEC for $7.50
“I please myself with the graces of the winter scenery, and believe that we are as much touched by it as by the genial influences of summer.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson