Oh, and also, there's the whole fact that I'm from Florida and don't really DO winter. I've gotten better at it over the past 4 years, but I still prefer our other 3 seasons better.
Anyway, so what I've learned so far is: layers. Lots and lots of layers! First, there's your long sleeve tee, then a middle layer like a half-zip fleece, and then a waterproof/windproof outer shell if it's really bad. Plus hats, gloves, insulated socks, and thermal pants. On my last early morning run, it was 10 degrees when I started out. Brr! So I included all the layers I could think of and actually stayed quite warm. Here's a list from head to toe:
Hat: I was going to post a picture, but you all know what a beanie looks like. I don't think any one is better than another. I like longer beanies that you fold up, so then I can put my hair in a bun and the hat still fits like normal.
Base layer: I really like this Under Armour ColdGear long sleeve tee. It's softer on the inside, and a bit thicker than your normal tee. It wicks sweat away, and is nice and snug which is perfect for under layers.
|Not exactly the one I have, but same idea|
|Bright colors are important. You want to be seen!|
|The pink rocks, right?|
|Love love love|
|Bonus: no blisters!|
So there you have it, all you need to know for winter running! Some people use a neck gaiter that you can pull up over your chin and/or mouth. I think this would be helpful in really dry conditions, so you're not breathing in really dry, cold air. Our winter is a bit more humid, I think at least, so this hasn't been a big issue for me yet. I tried wearing the fleece one I bought this morning, and it just got wet from my breath, then cold and frosty. I ended up pulling it down, then my neck got really hot, and I basically wish I hadn't put it on to begin with! But I think it's good to have just in case.