(yup, that's right, I just posted my underwear on the internet. lovely)
On top, the "Athletic Deep V" tank from lululemon. I'm guessing that what I have is version I or II of it, but I think the website link is pretty close to what I have. I like it because it is supportive (hence the no sports bra as layer 1) and wicks away all the sweaty goodness that pours out of my body when I start to run. On the bottom- Technikini briefs also from lululemon. Cotton on the butt is NOT good for winter running (or really any running) because you sweat, it gets wet, it stays wet, it gets cold and it freezes. Frozen booty is NOT a good thing.
Nbx Wind Blocker Mid zip. I quite enjoy this one as well. It blocks the wind well, has a soft layer that touches your skin (not that it is touching any skin at these temperatures due to being a top layer) and a pocket! I love the pocket! It fits my ipod, a GU and even a pocket warmer. Plus it (and the pants) has a pull out tag that allows you to write some "in case of emergency" contact information (have I actually written anything on it yet? no, but that's beside the point). Most importantly though, it is wind proof. Wind blocker is in the name and wind blocking is VERY important in the winter. On the bottom- a lululemon pant that I don't know the name of. Regardless of their name, they are a good late fall, winter, early spring pant. They have a bit of a soft slightly insulated layer on the inside, so that's nice, and while this usually ISN'T something I like- they are a bit of a higher rise. In the winter, a higher rise pant is kind of nice because it adds an extra layer around your middle. I've come home with "pink belly" before because my middle wasn't adequately insulated. While these pants aren't windproof on their own, when layered with the New Balance tights or a pair of long undewear (i have some MEC brand long johns).
On my head and neck- the Vapor hat and neck gator. I got a gift set that had the gloves, the hat and the "neck-warmer" (also in the picture) and they are very useful pieces for winter running.
On my hands- random knit rainbow mittens. When it gets really cold, it is nice to have two layers on my hands and as gross as it sounds, the wool is good for wiping the inevitable runny nose...And last but not least- on my feet-some "Cush" socks. The sign of a good winter sock is when you step into some slush and either don't notice or notice at first but the feeling of cold quickly goes away. There should be no cold feet in winter running!
The day of this particular running outfit, I came home from my long run with a half filled bottle of Gatorade that looked like this:
Because of that, I often bring more water and/or gatorade than I need just in case it turns into slurpee or in case the nozzle freezes and I can't get anything out. And just to get an idea of how much I sweat- my gatorade was slushy, parts of my hair were frozen, but I still had salt on my face when I came in.
So that's a little idea of what we northern winter runners have to bundle up in when the temperatures plummet (and I've run in colder temps with more layers...). Is it worth it? Almost always yes. It can be frustrating to have to pull on so many clothes and sometimes the wind is just punishing, but overall, it isn't so bad. (although running on fresh "loose" snow is really quite terrible)
Hope you are all keeping warm wherever you are and hopefully I'll have some fun stories to tell soon.