I'm New to Running Outdoors in the Winter—30 Things I'd Add to My NYC Wardrobe


@_sierramayhew wearing Alala

There was a time in my life when if you asked me to run a mile, I'd say not a chance. The younger me would be shocked to hear that I'm a few days away from running my first 5K. While I used to be a strength and conditioning gal, cardio training has taken hold of me like no other lately and I'm always chasing that rush. I challenged myself to run a 5K for the first time because I was looking for a new way to set goals and improve my fitness. Now that I've successfully completed my practice round, I know for a fact that I'll be spending my winters going for runs outdoors and will need a wardrobe to match.

I've never actually had an outdoor fitness routine in the winter and I am very new to this all, but after browsing my favorite fitness sites and asking a few friends for their tips and tricks, I think I've got it down. Experienced runners I've spoken to mentioned focusing on keeping the extremities warm with a soft beanie and gloves being essential. Wearing tight layers seems to be the move for underneath. A winter coat would be too bulky and keep me too warm, so I am really finding myself drawn to light jackets and quarter-zips. Running shoes with traction are also a must-have. Below, find 30 things I'm thinking of adding to my NYC wardrobe to keep me warm this winter.

I've heard that a lightweight jacket is a must, so that will be my first purchase.

For my indoor runs, I prefer a good sports-bra–and-leggings combo, so I'll wear this shrug walking around the gym to keep warm.

A black zip-up I'm strongly considering.

Running shoes with a bit more traction are a must this time of year.

This just looks absolutely perfect for my outdoor-running agenda.

You don't know how flattering leggings can be until you've tried this style.

Ballerinacore has entered the chat.

A good collection of thick sports bras is on the menu.

On very cold days, I'll opt for a puffer jacket.

After hearing all the rave reviews, I must get my hands on these.

I have a feeling leggings like these would cut my pace down.

Another essential for below-freezing weather.

The fact that it comes with a hoodie is music to my ears.

This was specifically designed for my dilemma.