Yesterday I went for a run at lunch. This is what the trail looked like:
I wasn't exactly pleased, but I figured if I am not planning on hibernating all winter, I better get used to it. As much as I'd like to hibernate, I really can NOT considering a few things:
A. Many of my pants do not fit me anymore
B. When I weighed myself Tuesday, it was the HIGHEST NUMBER I've ever seen in my life.
C. I joined a Diet Bet and could win up to $1025 if I lose 4% of my weight
D. Sam and I are hosting a link-up every Monday to talk about our journey to getting fit and healthy and fabulous
With all that being said, I have put together a guide to must haves for running in the winter time. Now let me tell you one thing about me: I run in the cold, but I am not crazy. So if the tempature is something that ends in "teen" or below, you will not catch me running outdoors. Treadmill, weights, or workout video it is.
When its really cold-I am talking low thirties-low twenties you will need:
1. Something to cover your ears. Preferrably a beanie, but I also wear that black headband I got for 3 dollars at Target 99% of the time. I also would recommend Northface's Ear Gear. I have this in black and adore it as well.
2. A long sleeve top with either a really warm hoodie, or Under Armour or Nike Cold Gear tops. I run in it all. Another good option is a vest. You can splurge on a Northface if you want, but I got mine for a steal at Targer. In the picture above, I am in a Nike top similar to this.
Cheesing it up at the Turkey Trot in my North Face Ear Gear and Vest
3. A pair of gloves. You don't have to be picky about these. You can wear the cheap 99 cent gloves, you can buy a pair like mine above that have the half fingers with removable mitten tops, or I got a pair for Christmas with the ability to tex wearing them! Woo! Actually I just skip songs on my Iphone because I am not coordinated to text and run, but if you are, you win at life.
4. A pair of running tights-I am going to go so far to say you need some fleece lined ones because those babies kept me NICE and TOASTY. But, I also run in regular running tights too and they keep me pretty warm! Northface and Lululemon have great fleece lined running tights, they're quite the splurge, but worth it in my opinion.
So thats all you need folks. Don't forget your socks, but I think thats a given.
Also, don't forget to link-up with Sam and I on Monday. I am going to talk about how my week went as far as exercising and eating, and share progress with you, assuming the number on the scale dropped a bit. (PLEASE DROP!)