You don’t have to hibernate!

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Happy Monday!!!! Now that we are getting into the nitty-gritty of winter I thought this would be a great post, especially if you are new to winter running. This post is going to have very little application to you if you live say in Florida or the Bahamas (and yes, I am kind of sticking out my tongue at you)…but, you never know, maybe you will get some of this cold weather too :).

All of my life I have lived in a state that has cold winters so I am definitely used to it, but that doesn’t mean I like it! The cold, the wind, the ice, the snow, the dark…..DEFINITELY not my favorite!

That being said, there really is very little that will keep me from running outside.

Basically any temperature in the single or negative digits or when it is icy out are almost the only times I will seek out a treadmill. Some people love the treadmill…I am not one of those people.

My opinion is that more often than not, the cold seems worse than it really is. There are so many times that I really don’t want to go out in the cold, but by the time I get out there and get going I am really not even cold. With the right running gear heading out in cold weather is definitely bearable and can even be enjoyable!

One thing that is important to remember is that you might have to adjust your goals or even forget about them sometimes! If it is windy your times may not be what you wanted, if it is just plain freezing your muscles may not respond the way that you want them to, if there is fresh fallen snow….be careful! :). Slow down and just try to enjoy how pretty everything looks (at least until a car drives by and splashes melted snow slop at you).

So….here are my winter running basics. Some winter running basics can be pricey, but they are worth every penny! They are SO durable and they really do keep you warm. Now is a great time to pick up a few things since there is still plenty of cold days left and you can find sales!

Some tips to save money & make running clothes last longer:

1. Check out places like Running Warehouse, Road Runner Sports or Ebay for discounts. Search retailmenot.com for a coupon code before you check out too.

2. Look off-season and buy ahead. Honestly, they are starting to clearance winter items and I feel like winter is just beginning!

3. Wear it a few times before you wash it. Maybe not your first layer depending on how sweaty you get :), but definitely your Drylete top.

4. I always hang mine up to dry.

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1. First layer (base layer)- I start with a cold gear turtleneck from Under Armour. I have 4 of these. 3 of them are on their 4th winter. I wear them all winter long and they are still in great shape! If you don’t like turtlecks you might want to look into getting a neck warmer.

2. Second layer- Saucony Drylete 1/4 zip top. This top is AMAZING!!!! I just got one for my husband this year. I just picked up a new one from Running Warehouse for $50. This layer with my turtleneck is almost always plenty warm. I wore this last week when wind chills were at 15 degrees and I was totally fine.

3. Nike Thermal black sweatpants. These are my favorite pants! I am not a fan of tights. These pants are not too loose or tight and they taper at the ankle.

4. Saucony gloves. These are the BEST! They are gloves with mittens over them.

5. PROCOMPRESSION socks. The only socks I wear. In the winter I wear the tall compression socks all the time just for added warmth. If it gets below 20 I will double up with a pair of procompression lows to keep my feet warm. ALL THROUGH JAN THEY ARE HAVING 40% OFF & FREE SHIPPING ON ALL THINGS BLACK! JUST USE CODE JAN AT CHECKOUT

6. Saucony headband. Super comfortable and keeps the ears warm. If it gets in the low 20’s or below I go with a Saucony hat instead 🙂

 

These are my essentials list….now just a couple of extras for the SUPER freezing days…

1. Saucony jacket. I actually have only added this once for a run, normally I am plenty warm with the drylete top. It does a great job of keeping me warm and breaking the wind.

2. Hand warmers. These are great for keeping my hands warm at the beginning. I usually end up tossing them after a few miles. These really help if I am having a hard time getting out the door.

So there you have it….this is what keeps me warm pretty much all winter long!

Winter running can be tough, but I really do believe that if you can get out there and brave the elements it will make you a stronger runner come spring and summer! Just as an added bonus…I think running outside and getting the fresh air helps your immune system and overall morale!

winter3 I am working on some design updates and upcoming posts so I wanted to ask if you have any topics or questions that you would love for me to cover….let me know, ask away!!!!What do you want to know about running or about me or about anything else.

I was thinking about doing a Q&A, but this might be easier 🙂

You can leave a comment or send me an email…jensrunning26@gmail.com

 

Comments

  1. Jen says

    🙂 You actually came to my mind when I was writing this because you are such an awesome treadmiller (yes, I just made that word up)!!! You can totally pound out the miles on the treadmill…I don’t know how you do it! You also have some awesome race times :)…just amazing!!!! In years past when I trained for a race on the treadmill my body and my lungs just didn’t seem as well prepared as it is when I run outside. Although I will admit when your kids are young sometimes the treadmill is the easiest way to go!

  2. Jen says

    I definitely hear you :)…I am totally summer weather runner for sure!!! (I think I need to move to south). But I will brave the cold over the treadmill, although there are some days that I wish I loved the treadmill. I feel like my stride is not the same on it or something.

  3. says

    I completely agree with thinking it’s worse then it actually is out there. So far the coldest I’ve gone out in is 10…and that was VERY cold but still doable and much better then the treadmill.
    Thanks for the discount gear websites! I’ll have to check them out!!

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