It’s only (ha!) 40 degrees outside, but according to the weatherman, it feels like 33. For a native Miami girl, that is cold. Ridiculously so. Hence why I haven’t run outside in 13 days – since the New Year New You 5K.
Essential gear for staying warm in Carolina winter weather:
Must double up the top. I always wear a long-sleeve sweat-wicking shirt on underneath.
A earmuff headband + a hat. I lose so much warmth through my noggin’! And fleece-lined winter running tights, which I scored a few years back at Sports Authority.
A hoodie. I know there are fancier jackets out there, but I find a sweatshirt works just fine. I tuck my hands into the sleeves if they get cold (and I forgot my gloves, like I did today) and if it’s extra chilly, pull the hood over my hat.
I knew today’s run would be rough… the weather, the recent lack of running… but it was really sucky. I ended up walk/running the 2.0 miles and turning back way before the 5K mark. This was the first run that I could feel the baby bump moving up and down, which felt incredibly weird and uncomfortable. I’ve thought about getting a maternity support band that wraps around my belly but… I don’t know. Maybe 4.5 months is my ‘running while preggers’ max. Especially given my doctor’s advice to stop running without walking. All I could think the entire run was, “I’d rather be swimming, I’d rather be swimming, I’d rather be swimming.” Hah!
Pre-run snack (celery and sunflower buttah):
I realized that Mexican Lasagna can easily be made in single-serving batches! Wahoo! So I whipped up a combo of refried beans, spinach, corn salsa, and regular salsa.
So. Freaking. Delicious.
What do you wear for outdoor exercise during the winter? Any essentials? Although I don’t normally run in the snow because I am pretty clumsy, I’ve heard great things about Yaktraxs, which stretch over your shoes and provide extra tread.