I originally posted this January of 2011 but I decided to repost it today as a Christmas hint list. If you are looking for the perfect gift for the runner in your life, anything on this list would do the trick.
For years I hated winter. I hated it so much that I began to hate fall because I knew winter was soon to follow. Somewhere along the way I discovered the truth of the matter. I hated winter because I was not respecting the temperatures. I was going out without gloves or hat, often without coat and complaining about the cold.
Five years ago this month, we went skiing on a brutally cold weekend and I finally broke down and bought all of the gear I would need – mittens, long underwear, the greatest hat I have ever owned (not pretty but so very warm) and a fleece neck warmer.
That afternoon, as I made my way up the chairlift, feeling the wind whipping around me, I found myself thinking about how beautiful the mountain looked in the snow, how nice it was that the kids were having a great time and even about what we would eat for dinner. What I didn’t think about was how cold and miserable I was. I was toasty warm and actually enjoying a winter day. It was in that moment that I changed my outlook on winter.
The winter dressing lesson translated to my daily life. I started adding long underwear on the colder days of winter so I could walk the dogs comfortably. I never leave the house without gloves or mittens and my cool-dude hat. And instead of sitting inside brooding all winter long, I spend my winter days outside, enjoying the differences that winter brings to the landscape.
Best of all, learning to dress properly has made winter running so much more pleasant. Instead of being forced inside and having to run on the treadmill on a daily basis, I have learned to buy proper winter running gear.
As I was finishing my long run yesterday in twenty degree temperatures running straight into a 17 mile an hour wind I thought of the difference my favorite winter running gear has made and wondered how many others still hate winter. How many people avoid winter running because it is just too uncomfortable? And I decided it was time to share my favorite running gear. The items that have made all the difference.