Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Style files :: Running lady.

This isn't the style files you'd expect, but it's a good one.  After participating in #nogymJanuary with Kristin, I don't want to run on a treadmill again.  All my outside running has allowed me to perfect winter weather run gear (that being said, I still live in the south) and has me dreading summer running.

[Ear warmer :: Columbia - Similar | Gloves :: Target | Long Sleeve Shirt :: Target - sold out online]

I am pretty particular about cold air/wind getting in my ears.  I'm prone to headaches and this will easily cause one for me.  If it's particularly chilly outside (I've only ran in low-mid 30s being the coldest so far), you may want to upgrade to a full hat.  Ear warmth/protection from the wind is crucial for me!  

As for gloves (ps. find my Target one in stores for CHEAP), my hands actually get warm pretty easily and quickly.  If it's a "warmer" day (say high 30s, low 40s), I'll go without gloves.  I also base glove-wear around how long my run will be (dependent on the heat potential my hands will hold).  One thing to consider is the wind.  Sometimes I'll opt for gloves to protect my {already dry} hands from the additional wind chap & dryness.  

This "fleece-lined" shirt has been a lifesaver for winter running.  I found it on sale at Target and have not been able to find another in my size (not even online).  While it's not my ideal color, I'm so glad I opted to go for it.  I use "fleece-lined" loosely.  It's not that thick fleece you think of from Old Navy.  It's just a soft layer of material that is different from the the water-wicking outside.  That soft inner layer keeps me super warm in the wind and rain!  While I sized up (definitely go one size bigger if you can find this shirt), it's definitely tight!  I have to peel it off when I'm done, but it's 100% worth it.  Ps. I'm a size M if you find this shirt in your Target :)

[Tights :: Amazon]

Again, "fleece-lined" is a lose term.  At least in this case, the name actually utilizes the term.  While they're not technically made for running, these are the BEST!  They keep me super warm (ridiculously hot if you wear them on a day when the temp is in the 50s) and are long.  And get this.  Only $12.  The catch?

They're tall!  But they do ride down, and I sometimes find myself pulling my shirt down and the crotch up.  Even on a longer run though, they haven't been enough of a bother for me to remember/bitch about.  

While I know none of this is Lululemon quality, my teeny little teacher salary can not afford race entries + expensive run clothing.  Point is, find some "fleece-lined" items that work for you.  If I was running in colder temps than 30s, I'd layer more.  I don't layer anything under or over my shirt or tights.  I'd also take Kristin's advice and get a bandeau.  

Am I missing anything??


Meghan said...

I have the same top! I really love Target and Old Navy for inexpensive running apparel!

Unknown said...

Also check out uniqlo's (better quality h&m style clothing store from Japan) http://www.uniqlo.com/ht_w/us/heat tech line! I really want to try it out; it's Japanese technology that uses body heat to warm you up! They have base layer tops, leggings, tights etc. since I'm a warm person I never thought to get this, but now I'm thinking of it with these super cold temps! And thanks for the blog shout out!

Allie said...

I saw that shirt at Target but they only had xs. I ended up buying a soild bright pink one on clearance that was made then same in my size. I love it on those cold runs, which lately for me has been in the teens! I treat myself to Lululemon on rare occasions, but I think other, cheaper, brands are just as good. My favorite is finding Nike stuff in the clearance section at Macy's! My secret to keeping warm on these freezing morning has been hand warmers!

Alex Byer said...

I do admit I splurge on Lululemon on the reg but I spend so much time in my running gear, I don't mind spending a few more dollares. I have a pair of fleece-lined running tights from Nike that my sister found at Marshalls that I love. They have a high, thick waist-band so I never feel like they're falling down!

Claire Kiefer said...

I have been on the hunt for good running tights that I can also just wear as leggings. :) I am sure lululemon's are that good, but I can't afford them! I have some lululemon yoga pants that are handmedowns from the mama I babysit for, but I can't drop $100 on leggings on my own . . .

I don't really have much to contribute to this conversation since it is temperate in SF all year round. I often think about you runners in the south, though--cold doesn't bother me so much, but I cannot do heat!

Erin said...

I'm jealous of your mild winter running. Chicago is not so kind. I was supposed to run with a friend this weekend, but it snowed that morning so we met for lunch instead. But we just signed up for a 5 mile race in early April, so it's time to start getting in gear!

I love Target and Old Navy for my workout gear. I got great running tights at Kohls this year, too. And TJ Maxx can be a great place to find workout clothes, plus gear like kettle bells or resistance bands for super cheap.

meghan said...

I like Target and Old Navy a lot too (like Meghan above). I also bought a Nike ear warmer a few months ago and am so glad that I did! It has come in so handy the few times I've been able to wear it! I love it!

Anonymous said...

It's a little colder here in Chicago so I like to do a few more layers. And I add something to cover my neck!

Emily {Isnt That Charming} said...

Yes all the way around! I always get soo cold when running in the winter, I definitely need to dress warmer.
Isn’t That Charming.

Emily {Isnt That Charming} said...

Yes all the way around! I always get soo cold when running in the winter, I definitely need to dress warmer.
Isn’t That Charming.

Alex, Speaking Denglish said...

Love that running shirt!


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