Running in Cold Weather – Cold Weather Running Gear
Running in Cold Weather
I love to run. But, for the past 5.5 years, I have lived in places that get ludicrously cold in the winter time. From summer 2008-summer 2010, I lived in Rhode Island. And then from summer 2010 to the present, I have lived in Chicago. Of the two, I think Chicago is the coldest. And although I started running in Rhode Island, I usually have a run in the summer, not the winter, mentality. Thus every March/April I start running, I build my endurance up to 3-4 miles. And then completely QUIT running around October.
This past summer, however, I built my endurance up to 5 miles of running and then completed my first every 10k in August. I did have to walk a bit of it, but I completed it. and that was ultimately my goal.
and then I realized how much I want to be able to keep running through the winter. I want to keep building that mileage. I want to run a half marathon. And my dream is to run the Disney Princess half marathon. But as that is in February, I would have to be able to train for the winter.
Cold Weather Running Gear
Thus for Hanukkah I asked for Winter Running Clothes. My mom got me a few items on black Friday at super discounted prices. and then I also got a few Dick’s Sporting Good gift cards and was able to acquire the last few items I needed.
#1 – Running Hat: This was one of our black friday finds. We got it at Under Armour. You can get it for $26.99 on Dick’s website.
#2 Running Socks: Technically there is nothing special about these socks. But these are my favorite running socks, so I though I’d include them anyways. These are Nike Socks. I can’t seem to find them on the Nike website. But I definitely bought them at a local Nike store. I’m sure any running sock from Nike would be great.
#3 Running Gloves: These gloves were on sale at Dick’s Sporting Goods. They are these gloves, only sadly the store I got them at didn’t have them in pink as shown on this website. They are $22.00 – the same price I paid in store.
#4 Running Pants: These pants are the Under Armour Women’s ColdGear Infrared Thermo Tights. You can find them on Dick’s website for $69.99 which is exactly what I paid for them.
#5 Running Shirt: This was another black friday goodie – the WOMEN’S UA BASE™ 3.0 CREW. I think we got it for about $30 but it is currently listed as $74.99 on their website.
I took my new collection out for my first cold weather run yesterday. My weather app says it was “20 degrees, feels like 8.” I put on all my nice new running gear and took off. And I was actually quite comfortable. My neck was a little cold when I started off. And although that warmed up after about a 7-8 minutes, I think I might look for some kind of neck thing to add to my collection. I was able to complete 2.56 miles. I would have run another mile if my back hadn’t decided to tighten up to the point I couldn’t walk. Not sure what that was about. I was in so much pain I could barely walk. But my back injury is not the topic of today’s post.
All in all, I greatly enjoyed my running gear and look forward to this injury healing so I can go for more cold weather runs – who knows, maybe I’ll do my first ever half marathon in May or June!
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