It is almost officially the MIDDLE of November...and that means the cold weather is upon us. Booya!!
That said, I wanted to give some big ups to my favorite running retailer, Wilderness Running Company. They have been sharing their thoughts and insight into winter running apparel over the last couple o' weeks and it's pretty interesting stuff, especially if you're fairly new to seriously cold weather running. Stacy posted THIS today. I like :)
If you're in the market for some quality pieces that will stand the test of old man winter, WRC carries some of the best. There may be a little sticker shock at first (at least after November 15th, as WRC is currently running a special on certain winter running apparel items, so hurry up if you want this stuff on the cheap!), but consider the lifespan of high quality running apparel made to persevere. This stuff will last a good long while, and never underestimate the power of the drying rack...seriously. Winter running means it's really cold (duh) and, therefore, there's a lot less sweat and nast compared to hot summer running. So, after you finish up, turn your garment inside out (and, if need be, hand rinse first) and hang your stuff up to air out. This means, you'll have more room in your laundry hamper for things that need to be washed after each use (i.e. socks and underwear), AND you'll extend the life of your garments even further (machine washing and drying reduces the life of our running clothes, it's like running apparel murder!). Ta-da!
I don't know about you, but I plan on continuing my training all through the winter, I ain't afraid of no snow (but I am terrified of ice...)! I've got some great winter items in my running wardrobe that I've had around for awhile, and well worth every penny spent on them, but there's a pair of Craft thermal tights that are currently trying to lure me. What's in your closet?
I like to think of running in frigid temps as a sort of moving 'ice bath'...two for one deal!
Thanks for the FYI. Maybe it is my PC, but what happened to fabulous banner picture behind the blog title? that great trademark doesn't seem to be appearing?
The picture is definitely there still! I've started noticing that some blog banner photos won't show up on certain computers. Weird, huh?
I've been wanting to try Craft for winter gear for awhile, but I have lots of Patagonia, which doesn't seem to want to wear out, so sticking with that for now!
Merino wool is the bomb - and if you air dry it after your runs, usually you can get three to four uses between machine washing. Aside from the lack of smell compared to synthetic gear, wool still insulates when it is damp - bonus!! Bracing for the cold but not approving of it :)
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