Hi, friends, happy Monday!
We had a brief stint with winter this weekend that involved snow on Saturday morning, but thankfully, it didn't stick. If you're new around these parts, let's clear something up. I don't do cold weather; I don't do snow. I don't like it, and there's a reason that I don't live up north anymore.
There. Now with that being said, even our mild winter weather here in South Carolina is enough to make whimper and whine, but if I want to stick with my running program, it's not an excuse to miss workouts.
And since I don't have a gym membership or a treadmill, here is how I've been surviving the winter weather.
1. Run in the warmest part of the dayI really prefer that it be at least 40 degrees outside, so I'm scheduling my runs in the late afternoon, usually around 3-4 p.m.
2. Layer with thermal activewearJust because it's cold outside, doesn't mean that I won't be sweating 10 minutes into the workout, so I have several thermal tops (such as these thermal tops) that keep me warm but still wick moisture away; I'm especially a sucker for shirts with thumb holes.
The last couple weeks, I've been wearing a vest as a second layer to my thermal top, but I've got my eye on this adidas jacket as reward when I finish week 4 of my training program since I'd like another layer on my arms, but want to be able to tie it around my waist if I get too warm.
Now I'll be the first person to say that I love hats at all times of the year, but do you have any idea how much heat escapes your body through your head? This is not a time for vanity over hat hair; I want my head and ears warm.
3. Wear a hat
My favorite is my ladies knit hat from Carhartt (link to similar product) because it's fleece-lined, and it's tight enough to keep those stinking ear buds from falling from my ears.
Look my mother-in-law does skincare for a living; no matter the weather conditions, I wear sunscreen on my face. It's the best thing I can do to take care of my skin. I apply sunscreen before run...including lip balm with SPF.
4. Use sunscreen no matter the weather
After the workout, I like to baby my skin with a deep moisturizer and foot balm for my poor feet. They are working so hard for me. (Bonus tip: use baby wash clothes on your face; they are so much gentler on your skin.)
5. Get an accountability partnerNo matter whether I have all the right gear or not, I am still capable of letting myself off the hook when it's cold outside. So I have an accountability partner.
We check-in each day about the workout of the day. Fortunately, she hasn't had to kick me in the butt yet, but know she will if I start slacking off helps keep me motivated.
What are you tips for working out in winter weather? Share some of your winter workout gear.