Author: Jess Harms

Winter isn’t coming. Winter has arrived. And if you are finding yourself outside most mornings than you have been the lucky recipient of icy sidewalks, numb fingers and a beard or mustache made of ice. This also may mean that you have a spring 5K or a half marathon/marathon you’re currently training for! Congrats! Whether this is your first race or eleventh race, here’s a few tips about training through the bitter winter cold (of which we can speak from experience!):

  1. Traction matters! Some shoe brands make winter-specific shoes designed with extra tread for sloppy days. Barring a special shoe sometimes wearing a trail shoe with extra tread for more grip also helps. Don’t have either of these? We highly recommend spikes by Kahtoola. These easy to use, stable spikes are designed for road running in icy, snowy conditions and have saved our own butts from some serious falls.
  2. Keep your feet dry! If you have read our past blog post on socks than you know how strongly we feel about them. Merino wool is your best friend this time of year. Not only will it keep your feet dry but it will also keep your feet warm.
  3. Layer, layer, layer. Wearing the right amount of layers on a 20 degree day could be the difference between being comfortable and doing a striptease on the side of the road as you shed clothes. The same goes for a 2 degree day. Fabric content (have we mentioned how much we like merino wool?), thermal fabrics, windproof jackets and mid-weight layers all have their place in the running outfit lineup. We are always happy to discuss clothing in person or over the phone.
  4. Food and drink. You may think: “well I’m not sweating as much in this weather so I probably don’t need to fuel or drink water like I do in the summer”. You would be wrong. You are still putting in the same miles and burning a lot of the same calories which means you should treat your body the same, regardless of the season. Of course the trick this time of year is making sure the fuel and water you bring along doesn’t freeze. For super cold days consider stashing your gels/chews and water in a warm house or apartment. This may mean you will need to create loops or out and back routes but at least you won’t break a tooth trying to stay properly energized!
  5. Hand and toe warmers are your new best friends. Even in the best outfits your extremities (read: fingers and toes) are bound to get cold. Grabbing a set of hand and/or toe warmers could make the difference between settling into your walk or run, and desperately trying to fight the urge to go back to your car and blast the heater.

We know these dark, cold days can wear you down but with the proper gear and a proper goal, anything is achievable! Keep moving forward and we will see you out there!


It’s that time of year again. Leaves are changing colors, the air is crisp, everything is pumpkin flavored and…’s starting to get dark. Dark in the morning, dark in the evening. It’s just plain dark. 

No matter how much we try to deny it summer is over, autumn is here and it brings with it a whole new set of considerations for running, not the least of which is learning to run in the dark. If you are an early riser (and by early we mean before 7am, which come on, the day is half over by then!) you have probably found yourself with limited visibility on the road when you go for a run. If you found or fell back in love with running during the lockdown and want to keep it up through the long night then you’ll want to have the right gear to see and be seen. 

We recommend the following: 

A headlamp – the most basic piece of equipment you can invest in. It will light your way and help cars see you coming. We have several to choose from that are rechargeable or battery operated.

Reflective vests – these are easily adjustable to be worn on top of anything. They will not light your way but they will definitely light you up when cars come your way. Think about the last time you were driving and saw someone on the side of the road at the last second and thought “why weren’t they wearing something brighter?”

Reflective lights – these magnetic, blinking lights can be put on anything. Your pants, your shirt, your hat, your dog, anything. We cannot stress enough, the more reflective items you wear the better you will be seen!

If you like to carry your phone for music or safety reasons we have reflective arms bands and reflective waist pouches to carry it in. This time of year most cold weather or winter running gear has additional reflective striping which won’t do on its own but will be a nice compliment to your other items. 

You really can’t overdo it with lights or reflective items this time of year. You may end up looking like a Christmas tree running down the road but at least you will be a seen Christmas tree! Don’t hesitate to stop in to see what we have and ask us any questions! We are committed to finding you all the right gear for your activities! 

Now if you will excuse us, it’s time for our pumpkin latte with our pumpkin muffin and a side of pumpkin bread.