Thirsty Thursday: Winter Running

Apparently that year in New Orleans turned me into a cold weather wimp because I am freeeezing today! It’s 50 degrees and wet and this genius right here is wearing running crops. What can I say? I’ve found that dressing for a run ahead of time gives me that extra push to get it done. The plan was to use today as my first rainy run, but I think I’m chickening out. If only I had a Lululemon water-resistant jacket to run in. That’s the one thing I forgot to buy when I went shopping for Fall/Winter running clothes. Nevertheless, here’s what I do have to keep me warm…

1. Lululemon Run: Inspire Crop II

I have this crop in 2 colors: black/rocksteady/clear sky (above) and all black. I wear them both at least once a week. They’re the perfect length for winter running because they hit mid-calf and the waist comes up high enough that you don’t have to worry about your back being exposed when you run.  They’re thick and keep you warm, but they’re also moisture wicking so they’ll keep you dry. And I don’t know how Lulu does it, but they are so flattering. These crops were worth every penny.

*Note: for all Lululemon items, please please please go to a store and have a Lulu Educator help you find your size. I didn’t do that the first time and ended up with a few items that are too big.

2. Run: Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve

I have this top in 3 colors: Black (above), Muted Mauve and Turquoise (no longer available on the website). I love love love it! It has a slim fit without being tight and somehow it’s really flattering. In fact, I was wearing it the other day when my dad noticed that I’ve lost weight. (8 pounds down!!!) It’s also warm without being bulky. I’ve worn it on every long run since the temperatures dropped and I haven’t been cold once. When it gets colder, I’ll probably wear a light jacket over it, but I know I won’t need much more. I also love that I’m able to wear this top (and pretty much every other Lulu piece I own) to class without looking like Sporty Spice. That’s never a good look.

3. C9 by Champion Women’s Long Sleeve Athletic Top

I’ve noticed during my long runs that even after I warm all the way up, the back of my neck still stays cold. Every time I think about it, I can hear my Grandma scolding me for not having something on my neck and warning me about catching a cold. I bought this pullover at Target a few weeks ago and I’m really happy with it. It has a mock turtleneck but I can control how tight it is with the zipper. It’s also lightweight and great for layering. At just $24.99, this was a great, inexpensive addition to my winter running collection.

4. The North Face Women’s ETip Glove

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A few weekends ago, when I was trying to decide whether I would run the Ghost, Ghouls, and Goblins Spooktacular 5k in the sleet, I went to Eastern Mountain Sports to find anything that would make the race somewhat bearable. (They offer a great student discount for those of you who live near one!) I picked up these gloves and almost immediately put them back down once I saw that they were $40. But then I saw that I could use my iPhone when I wear them without spending 5 minutes trying to get them off. SOLD. I read a few reviews that said that they’re not warm enough, but I kept them anyway because I’m not using them to shovel snow. Their only purpose is to allow me to run without losing a hand to frostbite.

5. C9 by Champion Women’s Long Sleeve Fleece Hoodie

I wasn’t sure if I would like running in a hoodie, so I decided to start with an inexpensive one first. I found this one at Target for $27.99 (mine is black). The best part about this hoodie is that it’s fleece. It is so warm, but it’s not heavy or bulky. It’s also fitted so it looks really great on. Lately, I’ve been using it to stay warm after my runs, when I’m sweaty and need to stretch out but don’t want to catch a cold. It’s a really great value and I would highly recommend it.

Since it’s only the beginning of the cold weather season, I’m sure I’ll be adding more items to this list soon. Until then, I’d love to hear from you. What are you wearing (or coveting) this season?

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