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|For many people, the winter months are the most difficult
to stay focused and motivated.
The bold color of spring, the green of summer, and the yellow/orange of fall have gone and you're left with a beige and brown landscape and dreary weather. The short daylight hours give you only an hour or two to get in a run after work.
Half empty or half full?
Don't stop, but do smell the roses.
Stretch it out.
What to wear?
For your legs, go with running tights. They come in thinner styles for mild temps and thicker styles for frigid weather. You might slip on a pair of running shorts if you want additional coverage. Don't bother with cotton sweat pants (trash them!) because they get soaked with sweat, weigh a ton, and will sap heat away from you.
For your upper body, breathable long sleeve running shirts are a staple. I like the mock turtleneck style because it keeps the drafts out. Again, stay away from cotton for the same reasons as noted above. You'll also want a light vest or jacket also. Don't worry too much about it being perfectly waterproof. Remember, you want the layers to breathe, releasing the sweat generated by your workout. Polar fleece works great too.
For your hands, I suggest having a few cheap pairs of polyester stretch gloves. They'll be warm enough as long as the temperature is above freezing or so. For colder temps, I have a pair of medium-weight fleece gloves.
The same goes for your head: I wear a thin fleece headband to cover my ears, forehead, and neck. This is enough unless the temperature drops below 25°F. Below that you might want a toboggan.
I buy most of my winter apparel and running watches from CampMor (catalog and also CampMor.com).