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Winter Running Tips (Clothing to Falling Technique)

I had absolutely no idea what direction I thought I was going to go on for my post today until it literally smacked me in the proverbial face (yes, I know that is a completely contradictory statement, but go with it and you will see what I mean in a moment): The Friday 5 topic this week is about Cold Weather Running Tips. Well, yesterday morning, I put the following five tips into practice with a bunch of firsts for the year: Mother Nature b*tch slapped us with our first real flurry and (my first) sub-freezing run of the season. And then I bit it. Hard. Thus? Let’s talk

Winter Running Tips

winter running tips suzlyfe

1) Dress the part: layer like a crepe-cake doused in frosting fit for a 5 year old My Little Pony fanatic

What I wore yesterday:


  • Mizuno running tights (from last xmas)
    • Brushed lining, zips on the side, wind stopping, but breathable
  • Ankle socks
    • I like a little bit of ventilation, I’ll wear taller socks when it gets colder. Thicker, but still moisture wicking–you don’t want your feet to sweat, or they will get cold)
  • Under Armor short sleeve v-neck
    • A nice and lighter base layer, but you will feel warmer with your shoulders covered
North Face techical shirt--It has a wind breaking layer as well as vents. Moving Comfort Shorts.

North Face techical shirt–It has a wind breaking layer as well as vents. Moving Comfort Shorts.

  • North Face Isothermal midlayer (from GA Marathon Expo)
    • Lighter, but temperature regulating and wind stopping
yes during the summer, but this is the jacket

yes during the summer, but this is the jacket

  • North Face Windstopper jacket
    • Basically I”m obsessed with this jacket, and I have almost broken it because I wear it all year round. But it stops the wind, has a brushed lining like the tights, and I can unzip the pockets for a bit of ventilation. Also fits close to the body for more warmth and to old my stuff.
  • Fingerless with finger garage
    • In case your hands get hot or you need to regulate temps
  • new Smartwool gaiter (From last weekend)
    • Sealed off my neck and torso for extra warmth but not too much. I can pull it up over my face when I need to.


  • Target C9 green lined-knit hat (also from last xmas)
    • DAYGLO GREEN SO YOU SEE ME. Ok I’m done. But it is lined, keeps the warmth in, and then the knit gives more warmth without bulk or being too much.

Layers let you control your temperature by regulating it with ventilation. You want a warm torso because it will help you keep your extremities warm while you are running, and the blood moves from your fingers, etc. I like the option for my wrists and ankles to be exposed for temperature regulation, but as it gets colder, I will cover them. And wear bright colors–you want to be seen. Visibility is likely to be less during the winter, so even just a single piece, like a bright hat or scarf might very well save your life.

2) Pick your feet up.Β This might seem like a “duh” but seriously.

A) you want a flatter footfall (like a plod) if you are going on ice–don’t push off ice, you will cartoon character spin your wheels.


B) Cold muscles mean that you might lock up a little bit–exaggerate movements while you are warming up, and do it every now and then as you are running. I dragged my toe today going up a hill, and I got smacked by the Lake Front Path concrete. And scared the bejeezus of a cute old lady.

3) Know how to fall.

falling with style

Trail running, running in general, but especially during the winter, runners are prone to falling. And the ground is likely to be harder, you might even fall on ice. I have had 2 bad falls while running in the past 14ish months. And one single things has (knock on wood) saved me from serious injury both times: I roll.

If you have any control at all, don’t fall straight forward. ROLL DIAGONALLY. As in, put one shoulder first and curl like a rolypoly into a ball as you hit the ground in a somersault. This will distribute the impact force and may prevent you breaking a bone. Don’t try to break your fall. You will lose and the ground will win. Meet it half way. Practice if you need to–you want to land just behind your shoulder on your back and turn.

4) Watch the ground but look around

You are likely to get tunnel vision as you look for ice, but you need to be more vigilant than ever of being aware of your surroundings. There will be far fewer people out there with you than during the summer. Always have a way to get in contact with people, and make sure they know when and where you are going. And really? Don’t be stupid. If it looks bad, don’t go there. Don’t be a superhero–walk over the ice and don’t skate, unless you have skate on (in which case, get off the running path).

5) Take care of your body–before and after

Just because it is cold doesn’t mean that you don’t have to hydrate or fuel (you are likely not really to feel it as much). Your body is lying to you. I like a nice cup of half caff before I go because it warms me from the inside out, and maybe a tea after if I need it. Also, the layering means that you will sweat, it will just be lighter and you might not notice, especially if you have on tech gear. And fuel? Keep it close to your body so that it will stay warm enough to consume!

Winter running really is an art–and there are days when the artist in you is just not going to want to paint. Respect that. Use the treadmill, but don’t rely on it (if you can). Invest in good gear (check out this post for ideas and current season picks!)–they will serve you long into the future. And take care of your stuff–rinse off your shoes after you run outside! Get the salt off, or it will RUIN your $$$ precious shoes. Plus, if those treads are gone? You really are taunting the devil. Wear the right shoes, and be careful.

One of my most favorite picture of all time. Caitlin, my running ninja!

One of my most favorite picture of all time. Caitlin, my running ninja!

But at the end of the day? Have fun, too. Or maybe take some time off, and try something like Class Pass instead! $50 off right now for you and me if you sign up this weekend!

Do you continue running through the winter? What harsh lessons have you learned?

If you have run this week, what were the conditions?

Summer vs Winter running: which would you take?

Don’t forget! Join me and Runaway Bridal Planner in our December Blog Hop! Maybe give away your fave winter fitness accessory!

Linking up with Jill, Mar/Courtney/Cynthia, and Nicole! Thank you ladies!

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  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    Welcome Winter! Yesterday I bypassed running outside and hit the treadmill. I do enjoy winter running as both of my marathons have required winter training. I think keeping your head, feet, and hands warm is key when going out on a long run. When it gets really cold I wear two pairs πŸ™‚ happy Friday!
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    November 14, 2014 at 5:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m lucky that we are friends so that you can tell me to get my act together and get out there. While you tmill, haha

      November 14, 2014 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply Heather @fitncookies

    I’m pretty sure that’s my favorite picture of Caitlin, hands down. It cracked me up last year when she posted it. I, on the other hand, will head to the treadmill, lol. I just don’t do dark and the ice scares me. On the weekend, though, I do try to get outside to run regardless of weather, but if it’s lower than like 15, I probably will wimp out, haha! These are all fantastic tips. I like the rolling one best πŸ˜‰ perhaps ill practice today just for kicks, ha. Have a great weekend!
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    November 14, 2014 at 6:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It makes me beyond happy every time. I don’t like to do dark either, and so that is going to get harder and harder. I may or may not just roll out and call it a morning haha

      November 14, 2014 at 4:46 pm
  • Reply meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles

    I definitely run through the winter but not when the ice is completely covering my path or the mounds of snow prevent me from passing. I am hoping for a milder winter in that we don’t have too many 0 degree mornings because even that is too much for me! Layering is definitely key though!
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    November 14, 2014 at 6:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Blarg on ice and snow everywhere. I am not looking forward to a lack of color, either. Must fight the fight.

      November 14, 2014 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Joanna @Makingmine

    Cold weather gear is so cute, but I just can’t get on board with winter running haha! It’s treadmill season for me!
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    November 14, 2014 at 6:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, dress the part and I won’t tell πŸ˜‰

      November 14, 2014 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Megan (The Lyons' Share)

    I find it so much harder to hydrate after winter runs – like you said, so I always need to focus on that! And although I’m not so good at warming up regularly, I definitely try to warm up before cold runs!
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    November 14, 2014 at 6:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I find that hydrating throughout the day helps–it makes it so that I don’t have to force it. And warming up, even a little light jog before you really run, then rolling and stuff, it can make all the difference!

      November 14, 2014 at 4:49 pm
  • Reply Michele

    Definitely winter over summer for me! The only downside is the first couple of miles when you’re freezing. But after that it’s the best thing ever! I have been lucky not to fall on ice (I’ve fallen other times, never on ice) but I’ve slipped and usually break out my limited ice skating skills at that point! Also a general falling tip – close your mouth so you don’t break your teeth!
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    November 14, 2014 at 6:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have no ice skating skills to rely on sadly, but I do have riding tips experience to bring out every now and then. And yeah, the first step outside and the garmin picking up is the worst. Never thought about closing your mouth! Good idea!

      November 14, 2014 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    the North Face jackets are my favorite too and I love the smart wool headband really keeps my ears warm. I am not a hat person. Enjoy the weather πŸ™‚
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    November 14, 2014 at 6:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have increasingly become a hat person. And I just love anything by Smartwool. They rock.

      November 14, 2014 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Bundling up is a must for winter. Who cares what you look like. Practical, not fashionable.
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    November 14, 2014 at 7:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      As a former horseback rider PREACH

      November 14, 2014 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I ran outside through last winter, besides a few random treadmill runs when the sidewalks were really bad. I actually liked the days where there was a fresh snowfall to run on, It was the following days…after it would melt and freeze and refreeze…that were really bad. Plus those negative wind chills, ugh, I don’t even want to think about it. Good clothing and gear definitely helps. I have not yet mastered the art of falling well. The last time I tripped over a raised brick around a tree on a sidewalk I ended up with a broken finger. I was just really grateful that I wasn’t wearing my wedding rings, because it was my middle finger on my left hand. At least when you are running in the winter you are more likely to be wearing layers and gloves that will protect you a bit if you fall!
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    November 14, 2014 at 7:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahaa great point. Thank goodness that the temperatures allow us to wrap up in bubble wrap, haha.

      November 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Mar @Mar on the Run

    I am dying right now over these gifs and memes. Lol. But all great and valid points, some of which we share.
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    November 14, 2014 at 7:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I saw that about your blog and I liked it πŸ˜€

      November 14, 2014 at 4:41 pm
  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

    All great tips! I ran through the Winter last year when I was traning for Boston and it was tough considering more of my runs were done in negative degree weather than not, but once I got warmed up, it wasn’t too terrible. I don’t know if I will spend as much time outside running this Winter but we will see. I have a ton of cold weather running gear now, so I don’t want it to sit idle either! One thing I learned it to take quicker, shorter steps, especially when it’s icy, at least that worked for me! If I had to pick, I’d pick summer running, although, running in the Fall is my favorite!

    Summer vs Winter running: which would you take?
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    November 14, 2014 at 7:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am the same way–my favorite season to run is any that isn’t winter. The short quick steps are great–Sometimes I forget about them, but then I find myself doing it anyway. I think we are all scarred after last year. We are all expecting the worst!

      November 14, 2014 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply Kirtley @ The Gist of Fit

    Wow and watch for ice falling on your head! My grandparents had a near death experience on the winter sidewalk!
    Great post!
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    November 14, 2014 at 7:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      No. Just no. You be careful too!

      November 14, 2014 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    You are fierce! I’m not sure I would make it running in Chicago through the winter. I hate to admit it but I run on the treadmill in the winter more often than I should. Whenever I actually get over myself and go outside I have a nice time. The former Floridian in me hates the cold!
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    November 14, 2014 at 7:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know–I think that it is the mental struggle more than anything. For me it is like going out late at night–I want to be all snuggly at home but then I have a great time with friends!

      November 14, 2014 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply Laura@ Fit Running Mama

    I just can’t do the outdoor running in the winter– I wish I could– I guess I am a baby– I much prefer getting up in cold dark mornings and heading to my basement to get a good sweat on my treadmill.
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    November 14, 2014 at 7:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahaha I like your priorities

      November 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm
  • Reply Rae

    I so do not run outside in winter. I’m a pansy. I stick to my safe, warm treadmill. Especially now that I live in the hilly, hilly boonies. If I tried to run down the hill, I’d slide all the way down, and then not be able to get back up. Once we live in a more reasonable area, I might try it out.
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    November 14, 2014 at 7:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      oooh yeah, I think that is a good idea–don’t be “that person” from a horror film or something.

      November 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Last winter we went for a run on the Lakefront and hit some serious black ice at Montrose. Like we couldn’t see it and when I hit it I just kept sliding. Rock about died. He told me to turn around but by then I was stuck in an island of ice. It was a serious Bambi moment!
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    November 14, 2014 at 7:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would pee myself.
      I am not kidding.

      November 14, 2014 at 4:38 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    Running in the winter – OH YEAH! They don’t call us the Crazy Canucks for nothing πŸ˜‰

    I love running in the winter and would pick it over a hot summer day! It’s been unusually beautiful here in Nova Scotia this week – I could have ran in shorts and a t-shirt which is nuts for November! However, the temps have dropped drastically and we’re about to get some snow today!!! Last night I spent 2 hours looking for my running gloves as I’m running a race Sunday.

    A must have here – yak tracks – something for the bottom of your sneakers to grip the snow and ice when running. Remember, we are crazy canucks πŸ˜‰
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    November 14, 2014 at 7:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would totally snow run. I would yaktrak all over that. But ice NOT SO MUCH.
      And yes, you are insane but that is why I love you.

      November 14, 2014 at 4:38 pm
  • Reply Ursula

    All great tips Susie! I definitely like use smart wool and layers. Also, sometimes I wear two pairs of running gloves just to keep my fingers warm. Also, if it’s icy, I wear those running spikes. let me just say, they’re life savers! Literally
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    November 14, 2014 at 8:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      If we had more ice or more pavement, I would invest in the yaktraks or spikes, but the problem is that there is just no enough of one or the other., but I do need to find a happy medium. And I need new gloves, Crucial.

      November 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Jill

    Oh dear Susie. I’m sorry you fell yesterday. But on the plus side it has allowed you to perfect this ‘fall and roll’ technique which you are now passing on to us! Never have I ever known there was a method to falling πŸ˜‰
    Once I get used to it I do enjoy winter running as long as it’s not too windy or extremely cold. I like the silence out there especially right after/during a snowfall. I mostly have cheap winter running clothes that I just layer the bejesus out of!
    And yes we had our first flakes here in Baltimore last night – really too soon if you ask me.
    Be careful out there!!!
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    November 14, 2014 at 8:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, I am always happy to use my pain for other’s gain πŸ˜‰ And you are so right–it really is about getting used to it. Like the heat–you adapt. Ish. But I swear to god if the Polar vortex actually reappears I will freak out. Have a great weekend!

      November 14, 2014 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    I ran all last winter. Still working up my courage to get outside now. I don’t mind the ice and snow but it’s crazy cold here right now. I don’t think I have enough layers!
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    November 14, 2014 at 8:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Layers are the rule of my life. I wear multiple jackets/shirts/cardies all year round, and I get cold in wind, so they are a must. I don’t know how you Canadians do it, seriously.

      November 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Loved this post. Couldn’t have come at a better time since snow has been spotted pretty much everywhere now. I haven’t run in the cold for a while now, and I don’t think I’ve ever slipped on ice, but I’m sure that it’s bound to happen eventually, and you make a really good point about knowing how to fall!
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    November 14, 2014 at 9:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It sounds stupid, but it could save you–a bruise is better than a broken wrist. And yeah, I looked out today and it was either flurrying or we were near a volcano.

      November 14, 2014 at 4:33 pm
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    Haha I’m laughing because 80% of these products are ones we talked about last Tuesday at our winter running apparel clinic. You know how i feel about those mizuno tights. I’ll likely be wearing them tomorrow morning πŸ˜‰
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    November 14, 2014 at 9:18 am
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      November 14, 2014 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Molly @alsoranagain

    Your tips about picking up your feet and the proper way to fall are fantastic tips for all seasons. I also tripped and fell on the Lake Front Path and tried to fall smart by rolling, but ended up separating my collarbone. πŸ™ I’ve since learned how to fall properly!

    I keep running during the winter even though I don’t really like it. I just can’t stand treadmill running!
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    November 14, 2014 at 9:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh goodness! Well, readers–please don’t roll into your collarbone! And seriously, I think that I pay less attention during the winter and during the summer I am more tired, thus upping the falling risk. And on the tmill I just risk straining my hammy.
      Basically I am a mess!

      November 14, 2014 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club

    I love that green hat -I wonder if it can fit over all of my hair? LOL! These are some great clothing and awareness tips.
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    November 14, 2014 at 9:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would love to see you try! Thank you!

      November 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm
  • Reply Samantha

    great tips! Winter running is here, I’m just not mentally ready! I’d never thought of rolling. That’s a smart move. I usually try to break my fall which ends in me getting badly bruised up. Hopefully, I don’t fall but if I do, I’ll see if I can remember to curl up. I ran last weekend at the Wine and Dine Half marathon in Disney in the pouring rain with cold temperatures…. not ideal. I would choose summer running every time, I’m just terrified of falling on ice.
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    November 14, 2014 at 12:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! And exactly–I am terrified of falling, and the whole ice equation just ramps it up. But I’m not sure which is worse–cold and rain or cold and ice. One is probably more dangerous but the other just sucks. I don’t know how I had the instinct to roll, but it has saved me twice now, so I hope it helps someone else!

      November 14, 2014 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    All great tips – and you can never go wrong with any post that has a Harrison Ford gif haha! Thanks for linking up, girly!
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    November 14, 2014 at 12:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I couldn’t resist. I love him.

      November 14, 2014 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Tara @ Running 'N' Reading

    Susie, these are fantastic tips; thank you so much for sharing all of this! I especially love the info about falling – I do some trail running and, while I’ve yet to take a tumble (knock on wood!), this is definitely something I’ll think about the next time I’m out and also this winter when the ice hits. Thanks again and I hope you have a great weekend!
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    November 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you for reading and responding! I’ve just heard of so many people getting hurt recently, and then, when I fell yesterday, it was like I had to say something!

      November 14, 2014 at 4:27 pm
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    I am terrible at cold weather running. I’m such a wuss and would rather run a marathon on a treadmill than run outside in the freezing cold. I have a hard time getting warmed up, my legs always feel ice cold despite fleece lined pants…not sure why.
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    November 14, 2014 at 2:22 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sounds like you need to get a wind blocker outer to the pants (I would recommend the Mizuno ones). I’m getting worried about the footing and the wind already. Not a good sign.

      November 14, 2014 at 4:26 pm
      • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

        Yes, I will definitely look those Mizuno ones up! I have a pair of Yaktrax to review this winter!
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        November 14, 2014 at 7:16 pm
        • Reply suzlyfe

          OOoooo nice. If we were in a place that had more ice/snow than concrete I would definitely invest!

          November 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Mary Beth Jackson

    nice post! Love the pic of the bear! I like how you talk about how to fall- my first paddleboard class I took she taught that first πŸ™‚ Yes I run in the winter but my Florida winter is a little different than yours. If it is just a training run I don’t like to go out if it is below 50 but I will for a race. Last year for Thanksgiving it was 38 and at that time my fastest 5K!!! I do need some warm headbands though- I don’ think I would like running in a warm hat πŸ™‚ TGIF!
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    November 14, 2014 at 2:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I want to run in your winter. And haha I BET that was your fastest 5k! I have a great earband with a ponytail hole that is actually comfy Have a great weekend!

      November 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply Lindsay

    i think i will steer clear of chicago for winter. Don’t think i could dodge that car. LOL!

    November 14, 2014 at 2:42 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I don’t think I could either, honestly. And I would probably fall as I tried to, ha!

      November 14, 2014 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Ange @ Cowgirl Runs

    Trail shoes and YakTracks are awesome for traction in the snow/ice as well!

    I am terrified of falling. I was so proud of myself for running outside last winter. I’m hoping to repeat it this winter but right now we’re on a break πŸ˜‰
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    November 14, 2014 at 4:10 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Um, I think you are just getting a little “heart grow fonder” space. Falling on snow wouldn’t scare me (but yaktraks would be necessary) but ice scares the adjtio;hj;ti out of me!

      November 14, 2014 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    We had our first snow fall aka white out this morning just as I was driving to the airport to leave…no bueno. My car barely made it and I drive an SUV…probably will be on the ‘mill most of the winter but if I do get outside I will be using your tips πŸ˜‰
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    November 14, 2014 at 6:12 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      PLEASE please please stay safe while driving! Coming from a place where people have no clue how to drive but try to anyway, it is my nightmare!

      November 17, 2014 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    I very much enjoyed the My Little Pony reference, hahaha.

    Thanks for these tips! I don’t generally run, but have been thinking about starting it up again (I think I’ve been saying this for a while, but forserious) because I kinda want to do Tough Mudder next year. It’ll help immensely if I don’t freeze my butt off in the process! :]
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    November 14, 2014 at 7:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Any day with a MLP reference tucked it there is bound to be a good one, haha. Good luck to you with that Tough Mudder, that is something that I do not see myself doing!

      November 17, 2014 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Amber

    I love Mizuno running gear, I will have to check out those tights! I am definitely more a fan of hot weather running but I would much rather get out and run in the cold then be stuck on the treadmill all winter.

    November 14, 2014 at 7:46 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This is very, very true. Cabin fever sucks.

      November 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Jess@Flying Feet in Faith

    Oh, I much prefer warmer temps! But I have been ruining in the cold. I have to have my gloves. I can’t stand cold hands! No snow here yet. I’ve yet to fall *knock on wood* Maybe I’ll ask for Mizuno tights for Christmas …. I have ONE pair of old nike pants that have lost their tightness lol

    November 14, 2014 at 9:49 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha I know the feeling–like you can capture your own draft!

      November 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm
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    […] I guess this is more “fit fashion” but a good post on winter running clothing! […]

    November 14, 2014 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Nicole@thegirlwhoraneverywhere

    These are awesome tips! I definitely must work on my falling-I do not roll and tend to land on my elbows and and palms. Ouch.
    Winter running really IS an art. When it gets really cold and snowy, I feel like I’m stuck indoors for the majority of the week and that makes me sad!
    I love that jacket! I have one I cling to, too and will never part with it!
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    November 15, 2014 at 6:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is a crucial lesson–don’t go breaking things! I’m really scared I will have to retire the jacket after this year, and it hurts me.

      November 17, 2014 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Ok, I have that same polar bear pix on my post…great minds and all. Love that green hat…how did I miss it at Target?
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    November 15, 2014 at 7:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Great minds for certain! And I don’t know how you missed the hat–people certainly don’t miss me when I am running!

      November 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply jill conyers

    I need these tips way too soon this year! I went from short and capris to long tights and layered tops. It was overnight. I’m sure of it!
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    November 16, 2014 at 4:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ugh, I know! Give me just a little bit more fall please!

      November 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Cassie

    It’s been like in the 60s and sunny every day here. Just like it is every day. My number one winter running tip? MOVE TO SF πŸ™‚
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    November 16, 2014 at 11:22 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am going to destroy you.

      And I say that with love.

      November 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm
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    […] See that beautiful layering and colors? Practicing my preaching! […]

    November 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply Cynthia @ You Signed Up For WHAT?!

    It’s getting chilly out there here in DC! Your post is making me want to shop for more winter running clothes. Must buy all the running things for winter!
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    November 18, 2014 at 10:12 pm
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