Running isn't always a sensational experience—especially in the winter.

Sure, we all aspire to those mornings when we wake up motivated, don the gray Costco sweatpants, and charge down the streets Rocky-style. The only problem? More often than not, the old sweatsuit just leaves you feeling woefully underdressed, cold, and crampy.

The key to surviving (and enjoying) winter running is preparation. You need to layer—some sweat-wicking apparel, some insulating apparel, all of it stretchy—prime your muscles, and get some quality nutrients down your gullet.

We've pulled together the absolute essentials for winter 2018. Check out our favorite picks of the season.