If you're anything like me, you suck it up and head outside! It's no secret that I don't like 'Milly (my treadmill), and she's not too fond of me either.
I live in Iowa, after all, and winter seems to last six months (at the minimum) here. We not only have frigidly cold temps (often sub-ZERO with windchill), we also tend to get a lot of snow and the wind can be most ferocious. But, I refuse to let Momma N defeat me.
None the less, I have come up with these Cold Weather Hacks for the Outdoor Runner. All of these have worked well for me. I have to confess, these little hacks have given me a certain (subtle) guilty pleasure because most cost nothing but a little creativity and forethought.
Here are a few of my favorites:
*Consider layering a fleece headband UNDER a stocking hat. A hat will keep you warm, but sometimes if the wind is blowing, a little extra something underneath will make it that much warmer.
|Can you see the turquoise headband, hiding underneath the hat? (ignore the ice crystals on my ears)|
|You can find inexpensive stockings at discount stores like Target or Walmart|
|Remember my obnoxious Christmas "tights" from last year? They actually were inexpensive leggings layered over thermal running tights!|
|Wearing your sunglasses OVER your headband or hat will keep your ears covered better than if the worn under|
|Stash your phone in an extra warm & toasty glove or mitten|
How about you? Are you an outdoor runner who braves the cold weather? Or do you prefer to stay inside when the temps plummet? Got any cold weather hacks of your own to share?
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***Disclaimer*** Much of this text, as well as some of the pictures, first appeared in a previous post, Winter Running Hacks for 2018 (January 2018).