Happy New Year!
Yesterday I decided to begin my year of counting miles and was met with quite a surprise when I opened the door, a lot of snow and more of it coming down! There were at least six inches on the ground. I groaned and then set off, determined that I could do this.
To say that the run was a struggle was a bit of an understatement. Most of the sidewalks were not cleaned off or hadn’t been shoveled for at least a few hours. I should have known things were going to get worse when 2 miles into my 7 mile run my ipod died. That’s when I also hit the first city owned park and realized their employees had the day off. How did I know? All sidewalks had not been shoveled since the snow storm set in the day before. I’d love to say that I proudly set about as a trailblazer, but it was done begrudgingly.
I ran a good mile on snow covered sidewalks and suddenly I came across 3 blocks of hard packed ground where there had a been a lot of foot traffic. I thought maybe I had finally reached the point where the rest of my run would be a breeze and then I saw McDonalds. The heavy foot traffic was to get fast food. Just like that, the snow covered trek started up again. I will admit that I was amused for a good mile or so, only in America!
An hour into my run I pulled out my phone and called my husband, “Don’t worry about me, I am fine but I have a mile or so to go and I can only run 12 minute miles.” Quite a way to teach a girl who likes to run fast how to slow down.
Having spent 10 years teaching skating at an outdoor ice rink I have learned a lot about being outside for a long time in the cold and inclement weather. I don’t like it but I have learned to tolerate it. Below are a few ideas I have come up with over the years that might help make the nasty weather a tad less awful.
•Hand warmers and toe warmers can be totally awesome. I spent the past few years tucking hand warmers inside my skates on top of my toes. Yesterday I put toe warmers on top of my socks and that worked really well. Don’t put them under your feet, the cold from the ground negates any heat to your feet.
•Smart wool socks are the best at keeping you warm and wicking the sweat. They make socks for skiing and snowboarding that come with some extra compression around the arches of your feet. If you are planning a long run this is an added bonus. They also stay up which is important to me; if I am going to wear long socks for extra warmth it drives me nuts when they fall down.
•Lululemon dog walker pants and winter mittens are hands down #1. I know, they are pricey and they don’t like us girls that have legs that rub together. However, I will say anything I have purchased from them for running has been worth the investment. These pants have an outer layer to keep the wind from getting to you and inside they have a form fitting tight. Warmest thin pants you can get. Sorry gents they don’t make them for you, I’ve looked. The cotton mittens are super thin and the warmest ever. If I try running in them above 30 degrees my hands sweat.
•Columbia Omni Heat wool hats and mittens do the trick on any cold run. They are thin and washable. Throw some hand warmers in there if it is super cold.
•Finally, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to stay super warm. All of my cold weather running jackets are from Old Navy. They make some great fleece jackets that are thin and work perfectly with an Under Armour cold gear shirt underneath. I get so many compliments on these jackets and last year I found them on sale for $10 so I bought one in each color!
Check out www.uniqlo.com for some perfectly priced, thin Heattech clothing. They use this awesome heat technology to provide long underwear quality for a below budget price. I have their long underwear tights, pants, and shirts as well as a body warmer and long socks that stay up when you run. It is so thin and so budget friendly you have to try it to believe it.
Stay warm and happy running!
A quick shout out to www.fitnessmeetsfrosting.com for her delicious recipe for cauliflower pizza. My husband hates cauliflower but I made this the other night anyway. He loved it. I loved it. It was a total hit and a delicious way to enjoy pizza minus all the carbs and calories. Check it out.