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The other day I ran on a treadmill for the first time in a long time.
It was awful.
First, I causally draped my sweatshirt on top of the machine only to have it slip off almost causing me to face plant.
Then, less than 3 minutes later, my cell phone slips out of the “cell phone slot” almost causing me to face plant for the second time.
Once I was positive all my belongings were secure, I began to run… awkwardly. I would run too fast and trip over the front of the machine or punch the STOP button with my fists. Or, I would run too slow and feel like I was going to go flying off the back.
Plus, I had no clue where to look. I would look at the TV screen, but I would have to risk going mad staring at my time ticking away as slow as ever. I could look up at the ceiling, but my neck started to hurt pretty quickly. So, I ended up looking at everyone else.
Wow, he’s sweating a lot. How is she running with her hair down? Whoa, she’s going really fast. Oops! She just caught me staring at her.
Let’s just say, I ran just two miles before I bailed and tried desperately not to look even more awkward lifting weights.
I guess I’m just not a fan of gyms.
So, in order to run blissfully alone outside during these winter months, it’s important to have some great cold weather running gear.
Cold Weather Running Gear that’ll Keep you Warm
1. ASICS Women’s Thermopolis LT Tights
1. ASICS Women’s Thermopolis LT Tights
: I LOVE these running tights. They are warm, but not too warm. Plus, they are very comfortable. A lot of tights tend to fall down, but these are a great fit.
2. Balega Blister Resist Socks: I made the huge mistake of wearing my regular, ol’ cotton socks during my half marathon. As a result, I ended up with the grossest blister I had ever seen. Fortunately, my mom bought me these wonderful pair of balega socks. They are warm and keep my feet protected from anymore unsightly blisters.
3. Trailheads Power Stretch Women’s Running Gloves: Gloves are certainly important when running in cold weather- especially if you have to keep your hand on a stroller. I like that these are stretchy, warm, and still let me use my cell phone without taking them off.
4. Superior Running Belt: Truthfully, sometimes I wish that it was socially acceptable to wear a fanny pack. It would make things a lot easier being hands free. This “running belt” aka fanny pack is perfect for holding keys, and it even fits your iPhone. It’s not necessary for cold weather running, but it is nice.
5. Trailheads Neck Warmer: You don’t realize how wonderful it is to have a neck warmer until you try one out. Your neck is often left out in the cold during runs and a scarf can be a pain.
6. Northface Apex Bionic Jacket: I love this jacket. It’s really warm, but it still allows me to run without being constrictive. I also like all of the deep pockets. They are great if you don’t feel like purchasing the
running fanny pack running belt above.
7. Trailheads Goodbye Girl Ponytail Headband: This is a great ear warmer. It stays put, keeps my hair up and keeps my ears nice and warm.
8. Nike Dri Fit Wool Half Zip Pullover: This pullover is cute and keeps me warm. I love all the different color options too.
Now you are ready to get out there! Do you have a favorite cold weather gear for running outside? Let me know in the comment section below!
Your recommendations for winter gear are great. I love the socks. These recommendations are almost enough to make me want to run in cold weather…but that snow looks really cold! We are in California so I have no excuse. The jackets are really cute and would be good for our ‘cold’ weather. Thanks for the product reviews.
Theresa (Capri + 3) recently posted…Snowman at Night-Preschool Craft
Thank you, Theresa! I really love the socks too. I sometimes wear them just to lounge in!
I hate the treadmill too, though admittedly I haven’t been running lately (inside or outside!) Good tips on the gear, though. Thanks, Tricia!
Jess Ullrich recently posted…Before, Here & Now, And Every Moment After
Thanks, Jess! Well, sometimes it’s good to switch up the exercise routine in the winter months so you don’t get bored!
I like the ponytail headband. Why didn’t someone think of inventing those sooner!
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I know, Nicci! They are the best!
Love this post, especially since I am finally interested in getting back to running. In the Spring and Summer I like to run in the mornings before taking on the day with my munchkins…just haven’t been able to muster the energy this winter to run on the treadmill. There’s always tomorrow, right?!?
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There’s definitely always tomorrow, Amanda! If you plan a 5K or some kind of race in the spring it may motivate you to get out there. I know it does for me!
such good info! i live in arizona… cold weather gear is not too necessary. TG!
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I guess not! haha
I love this! I despise the treadmill and can’t go over 3 miles on there so I bundle up for my runs every weekend. I still cannot find a pair of running pants that will keep my butt warm in the winter. I put spandex pants underneath and everything and it is still cold. I might have to try these ones!
Are you training for a race?
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Thanks, Hollie. I really like these running pants. They somehow keep me warm, but not too warm. I have a 10K this weekend, but I haven’t really been training too well since it’s been pretty bitter out. Hopefully it’ll warm up a little before the race. There’s a 10 miler I like to do in the spring too. That’ll be nicer weather!
This is really helpful, and I love the hear your tricks. We are actually in a cold spell now and the 40’s for us is cold, I need something for my ears. Pinning!
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Thanks, Kristen! Well, when you are used to warm weather 40s would definitely feel cold!
Thanks for these. It really doesn’t get too cold here, but I still hate having cold ears when I run so I invested in one of those ponytail headbands. I bought some lined running tights too.
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Cold ears are the worst! Thanks for sharing, Melissa.