Winterizing my running gear
With all gloomy talk I’m hearing of a bad winter, I decided to update my winter running wardrobe a little. I don’t have much, and the pants I have are about 10 years old. I also wanted to get some more fleece tops. I also needed to find items that fit into my budget after discovering my favorite Brooks running pants were $70 on Amazon. Whew!
Finding new pants at a price I was willing to pay and fit me properly turned out to be an exercise in frustration. I must have tried on 10 different pants at Kohl’s and another 5 pairs at Target before I found these Tek Gear pants. These are supposed to work for cold weather. If it gets too cold for one pair of these pants, I have fleece pants which I can wear over top, or I can layer a warm weather pair of running pants over top, too. I ended up paying $27 for these pants; I bought 2 pairs.
I also needed to add 2 fleece tops to my winter running wardrobe. When I was in Kohl’s trying on running pants, I found this fleece top for sale for $15. It has a pocket in the front in case I need to take off a pair of gloves and put them somewhere. I wore this fleece top with another layer underneath when it was 41 degrees one morning this week. If needed, I can add another layer over top for protection since the top isn’t bulky. I picked up another one today and only paid $7 after my Kohl’s cash.
I’d like to add another hat to my winter gear. I didn’t have any luck finding something at Kohl’s; I haven’t tried Target yet. I’m also debating whether to get heavier gloves. Because my hands get really cold, I am now wearing 2 layers of gloves, the outer layer being fleece. When I warm up during my run, I take off the outer layer. Given the predicted bad winter, I’m not sure if these gloves will be enough protection. I could simply dig into our glove collection and use a pair of ski gloves. I’d much rather spend the money on a new pair of sneakers.
After writing my holiday fitness post last week, I took some time off from running to deal with a cold. I had planned on running a 5 mile race last Sunday, but found I just wasn’t up to it. If I could have run a 5K, I think I would have been fine. A week later, and I’m finally feeling more like myself. However, I did 2 runs this week because I miss running. Both went pretty well. I’m planning on doing a trail run on Saturday, and a 5 mile run around town Sunday morning.
If you need inspiration to get out the door, check out Jill Conyer’s No Excuses. I think I’ll put one on my iPhone for morning inspiration.