For the first time in a long time I had a post-snow run today that was still really snowy. We got 10-12 inches of snow a couple of days ago and my run today was both fun and frustrating. I overestimated the amount of snow the sun could melt in a day, so the one time I got off into the park I was met with two-foot drifts and treacherous stretches of ice. I stuck to the bike lane and cleared sidewalks after that.
I’ve been asked many times how I manage to run in cold and snowy weather. As far as temperature, running tights are a must-have as far as I’m concerned. I wear them from about 45 degrees and colder. My legs do still get a little bit cold if the temperature is below 30, but I know other runners who wear two pairs for super cold runs. I plan to try that at some point. If it’s very windy, you can also wear wind pants over your tights to stay warmer.
For the top half of me, I swear SWEAR by Under Armour Cold Gear. I have a UA long-sleeved mock turtleneck that is my go-to shirt for any temperature 40 and lower. Then I just throw on another layer on top of that–something water resistant if it’s wet out.
I have YakTrax for running in the snow, but they only work if you know you are never going to be on cleared paths. So basically they are for during and just after snowfall. I think I’ve worn them a grand total of one time. (Some people also use screws for winter running.) I just wear trail shoes for snow running and they work fine as long as I’m paying attention and watching out for icy patches.