Baby it’s Cold Outside: Wish List for the Cold Weather Runner

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By Megan Cox

So the weather outside is finally changing here in the Oklahoma City area. Since I moved here over two years ago, we’ve had some sizzling summers and mild winters.

But we do get our frosty days, and that’s fine by me. Generally.

Really, the only time I actually hate the freezing temperatures is when I have to get my butt out of bed around 5:30 a.m. And I am only up at this dark, ungodly hour so I can run before the rest of the house wakes up and needs its mommy.

I’m not a huge fan of running in the pitch black, but I gotta do what I gotta do, right? And I won’t get trained for a half-marathon after two pregnancies by pushing the snooze button.

But now that the air is glacial when I step outside (okay, glacial may be a bit of a stretch—but it feels that way after 100 degree summer temps), it’s hard for me to get the engine revved.

One of the ways I get this girl motivated is by thinking of the chocolate I plan to consume on runs over six miles (more on fueling my long runs in my next post), but I also have to get myself bundled up nice and right so I don’t hate my time in the cold.

Now, as a former figure skater, I’ve got cold weather workout gear. A lot of it. Of course, those stretch pants looked a little better on me fifteen years ago, but they’re still pretty practical. In fact, I’ve accumulated so many items over the years that I can’t really justify buying new stuff.

And so I wear what I’ve got. That being said, I can’t help but have a mini wish list for cold weather swag that would make this chilly mama look like one hot little number!

What I’d love: A shirt that warms at the same time it wicks sweat away from my body (don’t you just love the way that sounds?). One option is the Asics Thermopolis Lt Half Zip. You should see it. I would definitely earn cool points by wearing it.

What I have: An assortment of long sleeved T-shirts from my college days. The shirts smell a little musty and , uh, used, but I’m seriously not trying to impress anyone that early in the morning. Okay, that’s a lie. The middle school kids are waiting for the bus by 6:30, and I run really fast when I pass them so I look tough and also so that they can’t see how old and ratty my clothes are.

What I’d love: The Nike Legend Slim Fit Pants. They are touted as “A slim silhouette with freedom to move.” All I can say is that they had me at “slim.”

What I have: Several-years-old black stretch pants. Not slim fit. ‘Nuf said.

What I’d love: Under Armour running beanie. You can get it in a hot color, and more importantly, it too wicks sweat away. Oh, and the girl version has a hole for a ponytail. Love it:)

What I have: A washed out wool beanie that makes even my sweat break out in sweat. Sexy, huh?

What I’d love: A oceanfront house in Hawaii where I’d run each morning on a mild, quiet, sandy beach.

What I have: A home in Oklahoma where it’s much cooler in the morning and the middle school kids probably make fun of my huffing and puffing as I run. But then, when I finish, I come into my nice, warm house to my awesome family, and I know I’ve got everything I really need.

This is a guest post by Megan Cox, an Oklahoma City-based novelist, writer and contributing blogger for HalfMarathons.Net. Learn more about Megan at her website.

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