Gear we love: 10 cool-weather running pieces
Fall means marathon season! But it also means temperatures dropping on your training runs. With a few outfit changes, you can keep logging those outdoor miles.
From leggings and tank tops to ear warmers and a vest, here are our picks for cold-weather running gear that will keep you from freezing your butt off while also regulating things to prevent overheating.
As a bonus, we asked four of the pro athletes who'll be running Sunday's New York City Marathon -- Sara Hall, Molly Huddle, Kim Conley and Gwen Jorgensen -- to tell us what they wear on their long runs. All but Hall are making their marathon debuts, so as they test out 26.2 for the first time, they shared the gear that has gotten them through training.
Note: Each of the athletes is sponsored by a major gear company and picked her favorite piece -- that she uses regularly -- within the company's line.
From the athletes:
Asics Puff Vest
"For cold-weather running, I prefer to have layering options. I really love this vest because it's fitted through the waist but still allows for great range of motion and doesn't weigh me down. As the days get a little shorter, I find myself training in the early hours or at dusk, and the vest has Asics Lite-Show technology, providing great visibility." -- Gwen Jorgensen ($95; asics.com)
New Balance Precision Run Hybrid 3-Inch Short
"These have been my go-to pair of shorts. The material is so light and the fit so comfortable that I can do all my long runs without worrying about how my shorts will feel after hours of running. I also love having a designated 'special' pair of long run shorts because every time I put them on I get amped for the most important run of the week!" -- Kim Conley ($80; newbalance.com)
Asics Thermal Marathon Arm Sleeves
"On colder days, I will often layer these arm warmers with one of my race tanks or short sleeve shirts. They feel very natural when they are on -- I don't even feel them, except for the fact they keep my arms warm and shielded from the cold wind. If the temperatures start to rise, then I can take them off without slowing down." -- Sara Hall ($12; asics.com)
Saucony Women's Razor Jacket
"This is one of my favorite running pieces because it's waterproof and warm but not stiff and heavy -- great for running hard! I can do long workouts in it, and it comes in bright colors, which is helpful when it starts getting darker earlier and earlier in the winter months." -- Molly Huddle ($175; saucony.com)
More cool-weather gear:
Brooks "Gray Lady" Adrenaline GTS 17
This popular style got a plush update, with more flexibility in the midsole and a full-length crash pad to help absorb impact. Brooks created this limited, newspaper-like "Gray Lady" NYC marathon edition that pays tribute to the five boroughs on the outside and has a fun crossword pattern on the inside. ($130; brooksrunnning.com)
Mizuno Women's Breath Thermo Tight
Throw on this pair of leggings, and know your legs will stay toasty, thanks to the company's Breath Thermo technology that keeps heat in while allowing for breathability. The reflective details make these tights good for dawn or dusk runs, and you'll love the wide waistband. ($70; mizunousa.com)
Nike Dri-FIT Knit Women's Running Tank Top
The soft, seamless design of this tank eliminates the chance of any uncomfortable rubbing against your skin. It has targeted ventilation where you need it most (chest, back and sides), so you don't get too sweaty on your more lengthy training runs. It also has reflective hits and a tab on the back to thread your headphones through. ($65; nike.com)
Under Armour ColdGear Women's Long Sleeve Shirt
This fitted top layers well and has the company's dual-layer ColdGear technology that helps hold heat in, paired with a moisture transport system that wicks away sweat as you log miles. The four-way stretch gives you full range of motion, and the thumbholes will keep your hands toasty. ($50; underarmour.com)
Adidas Women's Running GT SN Bra
Avoid chafing while you're pounding the pavement. This bra is made for medium to high support and is also meant to keep you cool and dry, even at mile 20. The crisscross straps give a secure fit without restricting any movement. Bonus: The bra is made from eco-friendly, recycled polyester. ($45; adidas.com)
Calia Women's Performance Running Headband
Slip this headband over your ears before a chilly, morning run. The moisture-wicking mesh lining provides warmth while pulling sweat off your forehead. The best part: The back features a ponytail-sized hole. ($22; caliastudio.com)