There was no time to browse around on Hulu or Netflix for a show to watch while I ran. I just hurriedly scrolled down through the shows. I saw The Amazing Race, and my sister has mentioned it a few times to me (she really likes it), so I clicked on that. I really didn't know anything about the show, but my run was only going to last less than 30 minutes.
I set the treadmill at an 8:50ish pace (I can't really remember). I felt MUCH better than I did a couple of days ago, but that could be because I was on the treadmill instead of outside. The treadmill feels easier than outdoor running. I'm going to run outside tomorrow, and hopefully feel good! I need a run that leaves me feeling really good before the half-marathon on Sunday.
After my run, and getting the kids off to school, my mom and I went to JoAnn Fabrics, Sears, and Costco in Toledo. I bought winter coats for the kids at Sears. And I was super excited to go to Costco! I'd never been to Costco before; I've had a Sam's Club membership for years. But my mom just got a membership to Costco recently, so I wanted to go check it out.
When we first walked in, it reminded me a lot of Sam's Club, but on a smaller scale. I took my time going around the whole store. I wasn't very impressed, mainly because their prices are a lot higher than at Sam's (particularly the meat). They didn't have as many options, either. On the plus side, they had some items that Sam's doesn't have. I'm glad I went to check it out, but I am going to stick with my Sam's membership.
I've gotten quite a few e-mails recently asking me about running in the winter: Do I run when it's cold? What do I wear to run in the cold? etc. I'm surprised I haven't really written much about this already (or maybe I have, who knows?!).
I actually really love running in the winter. I would choose snow over sun and heat any day!
What I wear:
For bottoms, it's no secret that I LOVE my Under Armour Cold Gear compression fit tights. I can wear just those (no second layer) until the temps are in the teens. If they get below that, then I wear the tights with another looser layer on top.
On top, I wear a sports bra, and a tech shirt (either long-sleeved or short-sleeved, depending on the temp outside). On top of that, I'll wear either a second tech shirt (long-sleeved) or, if it's really cold, a fleece jacket on top. When the temp gets in the teens, I'll even wear three layers: two long-sleeved tech shirts and a fleece jacket.
I wear my usual socks and shoes; in the super cold temps, I might wear two pairs of socks. I also wear an ear warmer headband, and gloves. When the temp has been ridiculously cold, I've even worn big fuzzy mittens ;)
Put together, this is a typical cold day outfit:
That day (Christmas 2012), it wasn't very cold. I wore my Under Armour Cold Gear tights, a short sleeved tech shirt, and a jacket on top. Headband and gloves. (While it looks like I'm wearing boots, those are actually my black shoes and white socks, because I'm fashionable like that).
The coldest temp I think I've ever run in was in the single digits. When it gets that cold, the biggest concern is my face, because it's uncovered. I bought a balaclava for that purpose, but it was terrible trying to run with that over my mouth! I couldn't breathe.
A reader gave me a tip one time to put a thin layer of Vaseline on my cheeks, because it would keep me warm and protect my face from the wind. I tried it (with Aquaphor, which is similar to Vaseline, and I already use it for anti-chafing), and it worked really well!
When there is snow or ice covering the road, slipping can be a concern. I did a review for Icespikes a couple of years ago, and I still really like them. They are basically little screws (with a sharper head on them) that you screw into your shoes (I used an older pair of shoes, since I wouldn't be using them very often). The screws grip the ice or compacted snow, and they don't add any bulk to your shoes at all. (Here is a link to my review, which is more in-depth).
If your schedule is flexible and allows you to run during the day, you may want to start running in the afternoons. The sun is usually out, and it's a little warmer than it is in the mornings. (Also, it stays dark for so long in the mornings, and I don't like running in the dark). I usually run in the late morning/early afternoon all winter.
My very favorite part of running in the winter? Taking a super hot shower when I get home! I actually imagine that while I'm running; I think about how good it will feel to take a hot shower, and then dress in some super comfy clothes, and drink a mug of hot tea. Oh, and let's not forget the electric blanket, and at least one cat on my lap ;)