Hey everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I’m excited that Philly is finally seeing some winter weather! We definitely saw a few snow flakes on Saturday night which got me pretty excited for winter 🙂 On Saturday I went for a hike along the Wissahickon Creek in Philly with my husband and 2 of my coworkers! The original plan was to hike on some of the trails on the hills bordering the creek, but then I found out that my one friend is terrified of heights so we ended up just doing 4 miles on Forbidden Drive. It’s a very flat, wide, stone-covered trail that follows the creek. The views were so pretty and even though it was chilly it was a great day for a hike!
On Sunday I planned on running 6 miles outside, but it was SO COLD and windy! Temps were in the teens which surprised me since last monday it was 65 and I wore a t shirt on my run. I had packed some running clothes to change into after we finished running all of our errands, but I realized that the stuff I had packed wasn’t going to cut it for an hour outside in the wind. So my treadmill got a bit more use than I wanted it to. I love being outside, even when it’s cold, so here’s where I need help: what are your best suggestions for winter running clothes? I’ve got tons of fleece lined running tights, Under Armour Heat Gear tops, and an ear warmer (that thing is my bff!) but here’s where I need some help:
1. Gloves – what kind of gloves do you wear? Are they good at blocking the wind? Where did you get them? Last year I ran in those cheap stretchy gloves from Target and I will never do that again. This Runner’s World article had some good advice but I’d love some tried and true recommendations!
2. Do you wear different socks in the winter? My Mizuno Wave Inspire 9s are pretty new and I’m not sure how they’re going to hold up to the low temps. Also, does anyone own Yaktrax for running in the snow? They may be on my Christmas list!
3. What do you wear to keep the wind out? Would it be silly for me to wear my waterproof Columbia rain jacket while running in the snow? I want to keep running in the wind and snow but I don’t want to be super uncomfortable.
4. For those of you that run with your phones, where do you keep it while you’re running? I used to just hold it in my hand but it’s pretty uncomfortable in the cold. I like to keep it on me at all times for safety reasons but I don’t want it stuffed down my bra where it can get wet!
If you can answer any of the above questions you are my hero! And who else loves the fact that it’s finally winter? I can’t be the only one excited that the hot weather is gone 🙂