Winter running. It IS NO PICNIC but it can be a great experience if you have the right state of mind and the right running gear.
I am in the process of training for the Boston marathon. I live in central WI so the weather has NOT been cooperating with me. My neighbors have been calling me "Runner woman" b/c they say I look like spider man as I am running the streets. It makes me laugh but I figure I do not care about making any fashion statements when when it is freezing outside.
I never really enjoyed running in the snow, cold, etc before this winter. I finally figured out why, it wasn't that it was too cold, it was due to the fact that I was not properly dressed. I have found some of the BEST cold weather running gear ever and I do not even get the least bit cold during my runs. Now, instead of complaining about how I can not feel my toes or checking to see if my fingers are still attached to me hand, I am enjoying the peacefulness of winter running.
To all of you runners that have to deal with the cold I have to share these great finds with you:
1. The first is the greatest pair of shoes I have ever bought. They are the Brooks Adrenaline ASR5. They are the weatherized version of the Brooks Adrenaline shoe except with a waterproof, windproof material and a more rugged outsole. They make a huge difference!!
2. A great pair of socks rocks. In the past I used to layer two to three pairs of socks to try and keep my feet warm. This new sock is amazing. It is like a wetsuit for your feet. These too are windproof and waterproof and the best thing of all is they are super thin. I usually wear a pair of thin running socks over them for padding. NOT ONCE have my feet been cold. Note: these run small so if you are inbetween sizes opt for the larger.
3. The Manzella Windstopper Balaclava is great. It is Goretex fleece so it is windproof and fits great. I always thought running with something over my face would drive me nuts but I no longer notice it and I am VERY thankful for the warmth on my face. I no longer look like Roudolph with a wind-brunt nose.
4. There is nothing worse then running in the cold and having you hands soooo cold that you can barley stand it anymore. I found the best gloves, or mittens I should say. Mine are actually not running gloves at all, they are by Eddie Bauer and are filled with Down. I wear a thinner Nike running glove under them and my hands are nice and toasty the whole run. I think it is the Down that makes the difference.
For many of us it seems to be much harder to get out of bed in the morning when it is cold, dark and just plain blahhh. So, how do we stay motivated during these cold months???? The good news is there are many ways to pump up your desire to run. Enter a spring running event and set a personal goal, join or run with a local running group or friend and create a running soundtrack of your favorite tunes.
Most importantly, remember that spring will soon be here and you can once again enjoy the warmth and the sun. So, take this time to enjoy something a little different and just maybe, you too will be out on the streets fighting crime as " Runner Woman" :)