Winter gear worth splurging on (and some that’s not)

   January 24, 2011 10:54 am

 

My husband, who serves as my own personal walking-talking temperature gauge, told me at 5 a.m. this morning that it was -1 degrees. I opted for the treadmill. But don’t go thinking I’m some sort of wimpy, fair-weather-runner, I ran both Saturday (18 degrees) and Sunday (11 degrees).

Saturday was lovely — cold, but sunny and virtually wind-free. I had planned to do 5 miles and ended up doing more than 10 miles in an attempt to pay-it-forward for Sunday’s football parties…and just because I was enjoying the sunshine on my shoulders

I saw another hardy woman running my way and thought, “wow, I thought I was the only one nuts enough to run today.” I raised a double gloved hand to wave and realized, under the layers of clothes, the other hardy lady was Ginny Sackett (who runs so fast she makes me look like I’m strolling). Score two for bad-ass runner chicks!

Sunday blew, literally. The wind made things miserable on Sunday morning, but I toughed it out for 5.5 miles.

I was warm both days thanks to some new winter gear I splurged on this year (worth every dollar).

1. STABILicer SPORT. Though I think they might actually weigh more than Yak Tracks, I like these STABILice traction helpers better because they’re easier to take on & off (and, as you know, I’ve got a bad history with Yaks).I got these at the Erie Sports Store’s Peach Street location for about $30, I think.

2. Under Armour ColdGear mock neck. Pricey? At $50 a pop, yes, but these fleece-lined, long-sleeve mock turtlenecks and a windbreaker are all you need on even the coldest of winter days. I even broke down & bought one for my husband this weekend (yep, I’m even spending the big bucks on the big man now).

3. National Running Center Winter Tights. I’m not sure the ones pictured above are the actual ones I ordered because I bought them in the summer during a clearance sale, but I bought whatever was recommended for the coldest temps. When they arrived, they were thick and lined with fleece — not the kind of tights you wear around in here in, say, 30-degree weather, but…perfect for those uber-cold mornings like this weekend.

Other stuff

Three other items necessary for super-cold runs?

Sunglasses. Yes, sunglasses! They’ll stop your eyes from watering and they’ll cover even more skin. Invest in some legitimate running sunglasses (I got mine at the Cleveland Marathon expo, because they won’t fog.

Gloves. This is one thing I don’t advocate spending good money on. I buy those stretchy cotton gloves (usually $1 each) that I can throw in the washer time & time again. On very cold days, I top them with a pair of fleece mittens.

Hat. I made myself a bunch of fleece hats for a few bucks. I can throw them in the washer after my run. Here’s a video I made demonstrating how to make simple fleece hats.

Stay warm out there!

 

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