You can run outdoors all winter long — and even come to love it! (OK, at the very least, embrace it.)

I stopped by downtown Traverse City’s Running Fit to record this week’s show. It was so much fun talking winter running and outdoor exploring with Marc McCombs, store manager, and Alison Goss, assistant manager. Both are lifelong runners and longtime Running Fit team members who share their tips and tricks for staying warm and safe in Michigan’s cold, snowy and icy conditions. 

Marc, Alison, Heather and Jonny at Running Fit in downtown Traverse City.

To listen to this episode, click on the player at the top of this post. Or, download the episode (and subscribe to the show!) using your favorite podcast app.

Starting with socks (“Cotton is rotten”) and shoes (hear why trail shoes can be a great option in certain winter conditions), we also cover the must-have clothing layers for outdoor running adventures. Marc and Alison share the latest gear and other essentials available. Jonny and I also chime in with our own winter running experiences. You’ll get head-to-toe ideas for getting out there and enjoying both the elements and your running this time of year.

Some of the items we talked about during this episode:

These gloves/mittens provide ultimate warmth and flexibility (you can peel back the top if/when you don’t need the extra warmth on your fingers).
Be seen with this non-at-all bulky reflective wear.
Another great way to be seen — and to be able to see.
Lightweight, wicking beanie.
Stay seen with this light you can clip onto your clothing, reflective vest or hat.
Warm and soft running pants.

Learn more about Running Fit in Traverse City, including upcoming events they’re hosting, on the store’s Facebook page here.

Be sure to check out the MRG Winter Running Guide here for reader-approved tips. Happy running!

What helps you get outside and go running in the winter? Do you have a tip to share? We’d love to hear! Share your favorite clothing choices and other gear ideas in the comments below.

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A special thanks to Mike Moran, Mike Youker and Jonny Tornga of Quarter After Productions in Traverse City, Mich. for producing the show.

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