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"There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong gear.” - runner's adage

Whether you walk, run, hike, or bike the right gear will help you keep going all winter long.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Foster - taken January 2017

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"Don't you get wet when it's raining?"

I've heard that question often over the years and it's often combined with that look in the person's eyes that they think I'm crazy. I fully accept that label because as a group, runners are at least a little crazy for embracing this sport.

Now I don't think it's a good idea to get out there and run during say a hurricane but with the right gear you can absolutely get out there for walking, hiking, biking, running, etc., during bad weather.

I remember years ago while on a long run during driving rain I was fairly miserable. I had a jacket and hood on but the rain felt like it was aiming directly for my eyeballs and it was challenging, to say the least! After a few miles, I saw another runner approaching from the opposite direction wearing a baseball-style cap with the hood of his jacket over it.

Simple, right? I hadn’t even considered that option before and as you well know, it makes all the difference! So when I hear the running adage, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong gear.” I have to agree 1000%!

Committed to your outdoor workouts this season?

Let's get you the right gear.

Quick disclaimer, please use your best judgment before going outside. If the weather means conditions are unsafe, then, by all means, stay indoors! Common sense is always a good tool to have.

Rain and snow and wind, oh my!

Here is a list of the gear that will make your life easier and safer as you cover those miles.

Yax Trax - for as long as I can remember as soon as the ground gets slick I start worrying about taking a fall. Yax Trax takes away that worry so I can still get out there safely for a walk or run. They are so easy to put on over your shoes or boots, it literally takes just a couple of minutes and you’re good to go. They also make great hand warmers for those of us that gloves just aren’t enough.

BioLite Headlamp - this beauty has been a game-changer for me! I’ve found that as I’ve gotten older it is harder for me to see in low-light conditions for walking or running. Combine that with my fear of falling (see above) and I knew I needed something stronger than the old headlamp we’d had around the house for years.

After researching I decided on this one because it is one of the brightest you can get, has several settings and the battery is rechargeable. If you’ve been thinking about a headlamp, check this one out!

LnT Pocket Reflective Leggings - LnT Leggings are hands down, the best leggings I’ve ever run in. Not even kidding & I’ve been a distance runner for over 10 years. They are compressive, stay put, have pockets and this version has a reflective pattern all over them to help you be seen while you’re out covering the miles! If you have questions about sizing there is a sizing chart you can find by scrolling to the bottom of the linked page.

Zyia Long Sleeve Tees - All tees are not created equal and these are two of my faves for wearing alone or layering. If you tend to heat up and need ventilation then check out the Chill T here. It has all-over ventilation holes so you can stay at a comfy temp while providing you coverage. The Zyia Adapt T is such a gift! It’s soft and breathable, has thumbholes and it’s seamless, a.k.a. no chafing!