So, I knew it was crazy to start a running training plan in the middle of December, when the semester was about to end and I wasn't always guaranteed to have somewhere to run inside.
But I did it anyway.
And today I thought I'd share my experience for other crazies out there running when it's 32 degrees (or less!) Although, let me preface this by saying that I don't live in the north, like my cousin in Madison who has been posting pictures of the weather at like -4 degrees, where it's ridiiiiculously cold. But it was below freezing, so I'm talking about it anyway.
One of the tricky things about running in the winter is that you want to be cold for the first couple minutes. Honest. You should feel a little underdressed because once you start moving, you will get HOT under all those layers. I had days that were in the low thirties and I was still rolling up my sleeves or peeling off clothes.
Here's what I typically wear (although it should be adjusted according to the exact temperature!):
First layer is always these awesome leggings. I lucked out and my sister happened to steal these from either our high school or a football player in high school.
However, I've seen similar pairs out in the world -- they're just stretchy, thick, spandexy leggings. Not cotton or sweater or anything like that. I love them because they keep me warm and don't make me hot.
I always wear shorts over them because they look really awkward otherwise.
When it was super cold (high twenties and low thirties was the coldest I ran in) I work a long sleeve shirt and sweatpants over the leggings. This day must not have been so bad.
I recently found these gloves (the style Tamara refers to as "hobo gloves") at Kohls and got them for four bucks! These help with warmth (obviously) but also protect my skin from the cold winter air. I think that's super important because before I got these my hands were really suffering!
They're perfect for me because I like to be able to check my distance/change my music and normal gloves don't allow that as easily. Also, when I get hot, I can let my fingers breathe.
Finally I top it off with a running jacket I got at Target for around 25ish dollars and a fleece hat my bff's mom made for me for Christmas in high school. The important thing about the hat is that it covers my ears. And when it was colder, I did a hoodie instead of the jacket. :)
I also usually put on some chapstick before going out -- cold wind is not so great for my lips!
Do any of you work out outside in the winter? What are your winter workout essentials?