It’s time for New Year’s resolutions, and so many people say “this is the year!” and decide it’s time to embrace fitness. Chris, for instance, said that he would run more regularly than just the last month before the Kiawah Half Marathon (which we both signed up for again!) Over the last year I really worked to improve my own running and in doing so have run in all weather, on the treadmill, in the heat, and in the freezing cold as well. The coldest run I have pushed myself through was around 22 degrees outside with a windchill of 17. Because I have Raynaud’s Phenomenon, I really have to be careful, especially with my hands; I’ve learned what works for me in the form of cold weather running gear and wanted to share with you. If you have a goal to start running this year, don’t be afraid of cold weather! Just be sure to be outfitted properly. However, if roads are icy I encourage you to skip the outdoor run.
Another thing I strongly recommend for cold weather running…. find yourself a running partner! I have a few friends I run with, and we keep each other going. When it’s fuh-reezing cold outside, a warm cozy bed can be a challenge to crawl out of. But when you have plans to meet a friend at 5:15 in the arctic temperatures, that will get your warm cozy butt out of bed! Trust me, I know. I meet my girlfriends every morning to run and on the off chance they can’t go and it’s super cold, I tend to stay in bed and then hit the treadmill for a much less inspiring run. So find yourself a partner in crime! And guess what- she doesn’t have to be a runner. Last year I had a friend who was ready to get in shape after having a baby. She hadn’t run at all, but was ready to walk with me. We started walking in the mornings and eventually she decided she wanted to try running with me. Now less than a year later, she even goes on my long 10 mile runs with me. So just find someone who’s willing to get outside and move with you, and that you can talk to about anything… and everything! If you’ve ever had a running buddy, you know there’s just no such thing as TMI on those long run conversations.
So now, let’s check out my gear picks!