Tuesdays on the Run, linking up with April, Patty, and Erika, with cold weather running. How fitting since the NYC marathon was quite chilly. I can protect against the cold, but wind just cuts through so much.
Cold weather running was my forte. When you play a spring sport in college in the northeast, it's technically a winter sport. Pre-season would start the first Monday back from winter break, and believe me, we preferred to be outside. Plus my coach played lacrosse at Middlebury. I'd consider that the tundra compared to the Boston suburbs. Her mantra was there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. I'd have so many layers on I felt like the Michelin tire guy, but with those layers and running at practice, I stayed warm.
The place to start is a good base layer. I had Under Armour during college, the heavy winter gear, and I made sure my top came with the "turtle neck." I wouldn't wear scarves, but I needed my neck to be warm. Heavy winter leggings too. I know some people balk at those prices but my first season was in 2004, and I still have those UA pieces. They're still in one piece and work wonderfully.
The next layer was sweatpants and a hoodie sweatshirt over the UA layer. Some days I'd add a down vest over the sweatshirt since my upper body gets colder more than my legs. The leggings and sweatpants are enough for my legs, especially when I get running.
Most importantly are gloves and a hat. You lose so much body heat through your head, but I've always hated winter hats. I much prefer the winter headbands that cover my ears and forehead. I felt that kept me sufficiently warm, and then since it was lacrosse, I had Brine's heavy duty gloves for the winter. I always wore gloves to protect my hands, but the usual gloves weren't anywhere near close enough to what I needed to keep my hands warm. Part of me thinks I have bad circulation because my fingers get cold so easily.
Most importantly, hydrate! People tend to think since it's not hot, they don't have to hydrate as much. Wrong! It's just as important, if not moreso, to hydrate in the cold. Even if you don't feel thirsty, drink water.