How is the weekend over already? Normally, I have Mondays off, but with the Thanksgiving holiday and wanting to have off on Friday, I am adjusting my work schedule a little bit and having an extra long weekend :-)
This weekend was another packed one. On Friday, I went out with my sister and our wedding photographer/friend. We ate some good food and went and listened to a band at The Knick. On Saturday, Larry and I participated in the ‘Stache Dash 5k in Hart Park. We finished in 28:26. The freezing cold weather was our motivator.
Bloody Marys before the run…a little pre-race fueling ;-)
This race was the run that I think set the tone for the upcoming winter season. I used to HATE running in the cold. My lungs would burn, I could barely breathe…it was awful. But last year after having Madelyn, something changed. I don’t know if I was playing catch up from not being able to run while I was pregnant, but I started to run past November (usually a turkey trot would be the last outside run for me) and well into December and January. Something about completing a run in the bitter cold is very empowering, once you get past the initial shock of cool air.
The most important thing about running comfortably in the winter is proper clothing. The first thing you need is a base layer.
My base layer is from the Champion line at Target. Nothing fancy. Just make sure that it’s moisture wicking/dry fit. Whatever you do, avoid cotton. Sweaty cotton=cold cotton and that’s no good. The thumb holes really help to keep the shirt sleeves in place.
Next, you’ll need a mid-layer.
I chose my Under Armour Wounded Warrior project hoodie. I got this last year from hubs for Christmas. I usually splurge a little more on quality mid-layers because they are also great to wear alone for Fall weather runs.
And because the weather was in the teens on Saturday, I wore a running jacket over my hoodie.
This was another C9 Target purchase. It’s waterproof and blocks the wind fairly well, but I do want to look for something a little thicker. I saw a few women with running jackets this past Saturday that looked really warm.
Pants are another item worth investing in. For this particular run, I wore my New Balance Windblocker tight. In temperatures below 30, I wouldn’t wear any other pants. They are amazing. I also own a pair of lululemon fleece lined running tights, but these definitely take the cake when it comes to blocking wind and staying warm.
And of course you have your hat/ear warmers and techie gloves :-) I will admit, Saturday’s run was a tough one for me. I was already toying with the idea of just calling it off on Friday. It wouldn’t have been so bad if it weren’t for the wind. The start of the run was the worst, and once I got past that 1 mile mark things got a little better but a hot shower never felt so good.
After the race, I rewarded myself to a trip to the new Athleta at Bayshore to pick up something cute to wear for a fun, special event that I’m participating in on Tuesday :-) Check back for more details on that.
So cold weather running…Yay or nay? Do you bundle up and hit the pavement or are you a treadmill runner in the winter?