Outdoor & active
What to wear?
Your winter running closet should include some of (if not all) these garments:
Winterized running shoesare a must. You can either buy a pair of specially designed winter shoes, with a studded rubber sole to provide traction, or invest in spikes that can be attached to your regular running shoes. If they are waterproof and insulated, even better. A reflective item. This can come already on your jacket design, or you can add reflective tape to your clothing. This will make it easier for drivers to see you in low light, cloudy or foggy conditions. A pair of gloves will ensure your hands don’t suffer from frostbite. Mittens are another great option. If you tend to have extremely cold hands, you can also layer your mittens on top of your gloves to keep them toasty. Socks will keep your feet dry and warm. Make sure they are made from materials that will keep your feet dry, like wool. A hat or beanie is a must have, since most of our body heat is lost through the head. It must cover your ears and be made with materials that allow perspiration. A scarf or neckwear is always a good idea to protect your face from the wind and cold. A long sleeve inner shirt.This will be your base layer and will help keep your body warm. Avoid materials that don’t favor perspiration or that can get damp quickly, like cotton. Merino wool or a technical fabric are always a great choice. A pullover, that will act as an intermediate layer if you need it. A running jacket. Your most external layer. Wind-proof and water resistant options are the best choice to have you covered if the weather gets rough. A pair of warm running tights. Having inner fleeced tights can make a huge difference in extreme temperatures.
all year round
Best REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD START WINTER RUNNING
Winter time can definitely be a challenge to practice outdoor sports but also be the best times to stay active. Going out when it’s snowing and cold can hinder even the most motivated runners goals. But what if we told you there are actually some benefits to running in sub zero temperatures and surrounded by snow?
My name is Sofia Muhrbeck, I have trained all my life and during my youth played tennis at an elite level and also spent four years in college in the USA, which resulted in two National Champion titles.
When I moved home to Sweden, I stopped playing tennis and started running. The reason for that was that it was time efficient and easy to fit into the puzzle of life.
I signed up for a couple of races and realized that it was easy to get results by training regularly and varied. My greatest running moment was when I ran the 2016 New York Marathon!
Today, I have two small children and a job that takes a lot of time, but running is my way of refueling, clearing my head and getting "my own time".
I still love the simplicity of running and that I can actually vary it by choosing to run in different and new environments, different distances/intervals and that I can choose for myself whether it should be an undemanding jog or a tough interval session, my daily form simply gets determine!
I am motivated by the feeling after a run and what it gives me, to feel alert in body and mind, I have never regretted a run. I am also spurred on by the fact that running gives me more energy that I can pass on to my family, myself and my job!
I was previously training for the Stockholm Half Marathon in September this year, which was my first race that I ran with my child cheering which was magical. Now I'm betting on a race this spring, maybe it will be the Stockholm Marathon again.