**A quick update. My self-diagnosed nagging (that’s a medical term) Piriformis muscle is feeling much better this week. So I am more at ease than I was about Richmond being only 4 DAYS AWAY. Woah! I’ll post about it in more detail later this week.**
It’s cold outside. Many would probably disagree with me and say that it’s not really ‘cold’ unless it drops below freezing or snow starts falling from the sky but I am not a friend to cold weather and I have pretty poor circulation so when it drops too far below 60 I am officially cold. Yeah, I know. I’m a whimp. I don’t care.
Typically, as winter approaches, I am quick to take cover indoors for my workouts whenever possible. But I have enjoyed running outdoors so much this past training cycle that I am going to attempt to be a little more resilient as the temperatures drop this year. And being the
cold-averse whimpy runner that I am, I will definitely be bundling up.
I have been pining over every cozy, moisture-wicking article of clothing that comes across my computer screen lately. And I have convinced myself that basically anything that has thumb holes is a necessity.
I haven’t actually made any purchases because the price point on winter running clothes isn’t something I have come to terms with yet. This is probably the reason that I own exactly one pair of long running pants and only two long-sleeved running tops that aren’t race shirts. But I have been online window shopping and here are a few of the things I have stumbled on…
Brooks Utopia softshell jacket. I really love the plaid pattern and am pretty sure I would wear this non-stop even when I wasn’t running. Yes, it does have thumb holes, which automatically makes it fantastic.
Brooks Equilibrium base long-sleeve shirt. I am not usually a fan of tight-fitting tops but my understanding is this base layer is magical and somehow both insulates and breathes so it can keep you warm in cold temperatures and cool you down when it warms up. If it works the way they claim it does, it would be nice to be able to use the same base layer through the fall, winter, and early spring.
Janji women’s running tights. I bought a pair of shorts from Janji in the spring and love them. Janji is a great company that designs and sells running clothes and gives a portion of the money from each item they sell to organizations around the world that help provide food, nutritional medicine, and clean water to communities in need. You would think with a business model like that their prices would be out of control but they are actually on par with what you would pay for clothes from any other running company.
I also really need to find some gloves to run in because, if I’m being honest with myself, shoving my fingers into my shirt sleeves isn’t actually an effective way of preventing them from going numb. I haven’t browsed the internet for gloves yet though because, well, gloves are boring. Anyone have any suggestions?
Just a note that I am not sponsored or reimbursed by either of these companies and have not received any free gear from them. That’s probably obvious because if I got these clothes for free I would be wearing them not staring at them on the internet. I just wrote this rambling post because I wanted to revel in the winter running gear wonderland with my readers!
Do you exercise outside through the winter or retreat indoors? What’s your favorite winter workout gear?