Dressing for snow [MTL]

  • an extended response to Mia Fredricks (NP New Orleans)

In discussing the upcoming NP Snow Globe event (previously Snow Summit – in Syracuse, NY this January 18-20, 2019), some prospective participants identified that dressing for a winter event felt daunting. Now, I’m from the prairies where we like to extol our “dry cold”, but the fact of the matter is, I’d rather run in the sunshine, dressed in shorts, with a cool spring breeze. But I live in Canada, so those ideal running conditions have a restricted window.

Let’s face it, winter is 6 to 8 months of our year in the north, and it’s not going to stop me from getting out with my NP community for a morning workout. That being said, dressing for winter workouts has a definite strategy. What you do, where you are, and your personal proclivities all play a role in determining how you gear up to take on winter elements and temperatures:

  • Are you a furnace of a person?
  • Does a brisk jog make you break a sweat?
  • Do you hate going out in the rain?
  • Is your personal mantra “be bold, start cold!”?
  • Do you like to layer up and strip layers as you go?
  • Are you a minimalist?

I’ve seen so many different approaches to dressing for the same weather temperature and conditions, and as long as you’re happy, I’m happy – “know thyself”, friends. Personally, I hate being cold. I also hate being too hot. I am a goldilocks of internal temperature. As such, in -10 degrees Celsius (and colder, obvi) I will usually wear:

  • 2 pairs of pants (or fleece lined leggings)
  • Wool socks
  • Waterproof trail shoes (if there’s ice/snow).
  • Moisture wicking base top,
  • Fleece or down mid-layer
  • Wind/water coat
  • Buff/Ear-band or toque
  • Water resistant mittens/gloves

If this looks like a lot to you… it is. Do you know how much laundry I do? But I’m warm when I need to be and I can adjust for the conditions. Having this skill means I can #justshowup AND enjoy myself. It might be overkill for some people, but it gives me the peace of mind and flexibility I want/need. You do you, mon ami!

Some additional points to consider include:

  • Moisture Wicking – not all materials are created equal (sorry cotton)
  • Zippers – huge fan, making peeling off layers or venting a breeze (get it?!)
  • Affordability – source technical gear at second hand/consignment stores as it can be mucho pricey

Should you not be from a winter climate (or you are and you’ve been in denial about outdoor workouts being possible/fun in the winter), you now have some points to consider in building your winter workout wardrobe (gosh, I love alliteration). 

Now that you’re feeling more #weatherproof, we’ll see you:

Wednesday –  6:29am – Place Jacques Cartier

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