Lust List: Cold Weather Running Essentials
This isn't exactly a lust list, it's more like a shopping list of things I actually need to get soon, so that I can continue training for my first ever half-marathon during the next couple of months.
As always, I turn to my Facebook friends to ask about running-related things, because so many of the people I know run for fun daily, or run 5Ks, and marathons. Unfortunately, not many people answered my question regarding the best cold-weather gear to get, but, the few useful comments I did get, recommended compression gear, and (obviously) layers. Since I don't know what to expect in the upcoming weeks weather-wise, I don't want to spend a lot of money on things I may not get to wear very often (as in, I will be forced to use a treadmill, if we get a ton of snow this season, or if it's too cold to be outside in general). I did some research online for people's favorite cold weather stuff, and I constantly saw recommendations to try out the C9 by Champion line at Target.
I've definitely seen these products before in store, but, I usually don't bother to buy workout gear from Target, because I wasn't sure how well they held up, but thanks to all the people who reviewed this stuff online, I have a pretty good idea of how this will all work out for me during my training season. The best part is, these items are reasonably priced, so I don't have to break my bank just to go for a run! Since I don't plan on running at night, I opted for all black (duh) attire, with my favorite, eye-searing green for my beanie. Actually, this look matches the current color scheme of my Nike Free 5.0 sneakers:
I'm not normally so matchy-matchy with my workout stuff, but I love this color scheme, so I'm gonna keep it going!
The wool socks were another big recommendation from other runners, the ones I found use a lightweight wool blend to keep your toes warm, and dry! The Nike Fuelband SE is not a necessity, but, it's definitely a great tool to help keep you on track with your workouts! I had an original one that I loved, but, unfortunately, it bit the dust recently, and I need to replace it. In a nutshell, it motivates you to stay active through out the day, you chose a daily point goal, and then through out the day, as you do normal activities, and workouts you get points towards that goal, until you reach it. I will have to do a review on the Fuelband one of these days, because, I really love what it does, and it definitely deserves its own post. Nike also has a GPS watch that I'd love to get as well, but, since I have the running app on my iPhone, I'm not sure it's something I absolutely need to invest in at the moment.
Any runners reading this, if you have any further recommendations, I would love to hear them! I need all the help I can get as a new runner!