Fit & Fashionable: Winter Running Gear
Thanks again to Nicole for being the hostess with the mostess and hosting the Fit’n’Fashionable link up!
Despite the fact that the calendar does not officially acknowledge the arrival of winter until December 21st, winter weather is most definitely upon us (well most of us- for those of you that live in warm weather states, please save me a room at the casa, I might be moving in soon).
Yeah….we are in the midst of a winter storm. So what is a runner to do when this type of weather is the norm for the next 3 months? (or 4 or 5 if you live in Central New York- yes, it has snowed here on Mother’s Day on several occasions).
Well, you could either run on the dreadmill BUT that gets boring and I get cabin fever PLUS I will be training for the Syracuse Half in March SO proper outdoor winter running gear is essential.
Brooks Nightlife Essential Jacket: This jacket boasts highly visible fabric that keeps you visible on the road and is also wind and water resistant. It also has an internal media pocket so you can store all of your media and keep it safe and dry. I have heard a lot of great things about Brooks jackets and would love to add this one to my winter running collection. It sells for approximately $90- I found free today shipping on boulderrunningcompany.com.
New Balance Heat Fleece Running Tights: These New Balance running tights feature stretch fleece fabric and NB Heat technology. They are made to retain heat to maintain core body temperature in cold weather and also have reflective detailing and zippered side pockets! They are sold at Kohls.com for approximately $75. Nathan Dome Light Beanie: I sadly do not own this awesome hat but I really want to. Not only does it have front white LED lights and back red LED lights that provide up to 2400 feet of visiblity, it also has a slit so you can pull your ponytail through!!! I just discovered this Nathan Beanie and am adding it to my Christmas list since it costs nearly $50. Totally worth it, in my opinion! 😉
Nathan TransWarmer Convertible Glove/Mitt: I actually have these gloves and I LOVE them! They are made of a wind resistant stretch fabric and have a tuck-away lightweight windproof mitt shield. The Nathan gloves also have a reflective trim and lightwave active LED lights on the back of the hand to provide up to 1300 feet of visibility. SO important especially if you run when it’s dark or if its a bit snowy out! I found these on Amazon with a price range between $30- $58 dollars depending on size and color you select.
Salomon Speedcross 3 Climashield Trail Running Shoe: If you live in the snowy tundra like me then a good shoe with some serious grip is essential. I don’t care how many time the roads are plowed where I live, as soon as it starts snowing here- it doesn’t stop and the roads are perpetually covered in a greasy mix of snow, dirt and salt. These Salomon shoes would be a great option since the Climashield membrane repels wetness and the ContraGrip outsole provides a burly tread. I found them on BackCountry.com for approximately $120. Another great option is YakTrax which you can just slip over your existing running shoes for added traction.