In honor of the 20 degree weather we are having in Lubbock today, I thought it would be a good time to share with you some of my cold weather running essentials.
Now let me go ahead and say that I LOVE COLD WEATHER! I prefer being freezing cold than sweating my butt off in 100 degree weather. I think part of this love/hate relationship is because of my fair skin and how easily I burn.
I LOVE COLD WEATHER…BUT I DO NOT LOVE TO RUN IN IT!
Being extremely warm is the only way you will get me to run in cold weather. We all remember the first morning Kent and I tried to run before work…it was WAY to cold and we ended up back in bed watching TV until work.
So here it is…My 7 Cold Weather Running Essentials:
1: Ear Warmer: Cold ears while running is miserable, especially when West Texas wind is involved. I got this headband at Target and it is perfect! Not only is it affordable but it is thick enough to keep your ears warm yet light enough so that your ears aren’t sweating hot. The cool thing about this, for girls, is that there is a hole in the back of the headband for you to put your ponytail or bun through. AH-mazing!
2. Gloves: The next worst thing to cold ears is frozen hands. I got these gloves from Target also, which again makes these very affordable. (You will find this is a pattern with most things I buy.) A couple things I love about these gloves is that they have rubber dots on the palm of the gloves so that way if you are like me and you run holding your phone/iPod, most likely it isn’t going anywhere because your gloves are basically sticking to it. My second favorite thing about these gloves is they are touch screen compatible.
I haven’t figured out my running playlist completely yet, so this requires me to hold my phone in my hand so I can easily and quickly change the song. This is where the rubber grips and the touch screen compatibility on my gloves come in to save the day. LOVE THEM!
3. Long Sleeve Running Shirt: This is the BCG Cold Weather Crew Neck Long-Sleeved Shirt. The name of this shirt confirms what I wear it for. Again a very inexpensive purchase from Academy. This shirt is soft and warm on the inside while still utilizing the moisture-wicking fabric to keep me dry. This shirt has a long torso, which is something that I always look for in clothes of any kind.
In addition to the long torso, this shirt has thumb holes which keep the sleeves from riding up and going crazy. I love this shirt so much I just bought a different color of the same shirt with some birthday money.
What I love to do is put my gloves on and then put my thumbs through the thumb holes in the shirt. So my shirt covers part of my gloves which keeps any cold air getting through to my arms. YAYY!
4. Headphones: This is a given. But I will mention here that in addition to listening to my music I have an app called GIPIS, which helps me keep pace, time and speed of my running. So without my headphones to listen to my music and listen to the voice commands from my GIPIS app, I might be a hot mess out there running.
5. Nike Sports Bra: I don’t need to say much here, because girls…you know how important it is to have a good supportive bra, especially when it comes being active. And well this is the one I love.
6. Running Tights: These tights are from Target and a brand called C9 by Champion. They are stylish, incredibly comfortable, and warm. These are just as good as any $50 pair of running tights, except with these you can get two for the same price as that one pair. WIN – WIN for me!
7. Brooks Running Shoes: These shoes deserve a blog post all on their own and they will get all the fame and glory they deserve but I will give a brief introduction of them now. I bought these just the other day in hopes to help with my ankle/leg issues when running. These are some neutral shoes from Brooks, but my secret is that I have orthopedic inserts in them which feel amazing. I am still trying to get used to running in them, so that is where my next blog post will probably come from. But these shoes are so stylish and will hopefully continue to help with any pronation issues I have.
Well there you have it…My 7 Cold Weather Running Essentials. This list will most likely continue to grow, change and evolve as I hopefully start running further and longer, but this gets me through the cold weather right now.
What are some of your cold weather running essentials? Is there anything that should be on my cold weather running essentials list that isn’t?