Running: the Winter Edit

The main question I get from non-runners: how do you run in the snow? How do you run in the cold? And it got me thinking, how do I run in the cold? I have grown up with a mother who ran in -30 at 5:30 am with a head lamp…so you could say I had an advantage in terms of having someone to go to for winter running advice. But many people don’t have such a person, so I’m here to shed some light on the big bad world of winter running.

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Shoes: I hate to break it to you but you will have to purchase a new pair of winter runners if you don’t want to fall and break something.

A hat: you should get yourself a running hat and a headband in case it’s a bit of a warmer winter day. A hat is a must when it’s freezing. You need to cover your noggin folks

Gloves or mitts: keep those hands warm. I recommend the Lululemon ones (as I always do) but you can get great pairs at Marshalls or Winners. My mom got me these ones for Christmas  My friends. Trust me you’ll thank me for this.
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A neck warmer and a buff: covering your neck is essential to keeping you warm and also when you cover your face with them it warms the air, which is especially good for those with asthma.

IMG_0601.jpgA base layer long sleeve and a jacket or a vest: depending on the weather I like to wear a vest and base layer long sleeve like this one for the days that are -6 Celsius however say it’s -25 Celsius I will wear my base layer long sleeve, my fleece half zip and my thinner running jacket that is a nice added layer. It really depends on where are you located because where I live it is warmer then where I am from so I don’t need as much as say my mom wears, but the key is layering. Layering and base layers are essential to running outside in the winter.

Lastly: safety and reflective wear: I don’t usually run when it’s dark but even so it’s very important that your are seen! I have a bright orange vest and bright purple pants with reflectors on them in case it gets dark while I run or is grey and overcast.

Thanks for reading this post ma friends! Happy winter running!


Things I liked and did in November

This is a bit late, forgive me its been quite the month! It just flew by! This month was really good, but also full of assignments, midterms, etc. Without further ado here are things I liked and did in the month of November.

Personal training. Is this a cheesy and weird thing to say I like? I have really found a groove in my workouts with my wonderful trainer (who my bestie refers to as the real life wonder woman). I have finally started to notice small changes in my body. My goal isn’t to lose weight, my goal is to be able to push ups and be trained for specific testing as well as improve my own workouts. My push ups are getting there, I overcame my fear of box jumps, and my running has improved greatly as have my workouts at the gym myself.

Nudestix concealer. This is such an underrated product. It’s so easy to slap on and go, doesn’t get too creasy and makes you look alive. It also conveniently comes with a container and a sharpener.

The lululemon align pant. OMG. BUTTER. BUTT wait for it ER. I fell into the hype folks. I fell hard. I got two pairs of the align crop, they are absolutely wonderful. Stretchy, high waisted, and sweat proof (sort of). The greenish pair I have i wouldn’t wear for leg day, but then again why do we care so much about our sweat? That’s another story for another day. 

My new balance cross trainers. I bought these in September for personal training. When I was wearing nikes (far too thin for my wide feet) my feet would always be very sore after just a 30 min circuit. When I put these new balance trainers on my feet they were the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. Honestly I think because of my lack of findings of good shoes I was avoiding strength training because my feet just couldn’t function. Now, I actually don’t fear having super sore arches or bunions and it’s a blessing.

My fasted 1K. OMG ALL I DID IT. I reached my lactic threshold. I didn’t believe it. I was spent after that. I’m finally seeing improvement and with anyone who is also a runner, you know improving is always difficult.

Lip balms. I don’t know folks, there was a time where I was extremely into matte lipsticks and matte liquid lipsticks but as I’ve grown this year into a busier person I just can’t do the colourpop matte liquid lips, or the Anastasia ones. I do still dabble in my NYX soft matte lip cream and my Too Faced Melted Mattes. But lately I’ve been loving (as I have said before) the Burt’s Bees lipsticks, the Burt’s Bees lip shimmers and this eos shimmer lip balm.

What have you been liking and doing this last month!?


A shoe update

Well, in case you were wondering, running has become a part of my life that is a habit, like brushing your teeth or wearing your retainer or wearing red lipstick, as I said a habit. I wanted to make a post about the three pairs of shoes I have used on this fun journey to discovering how many blisters my toes can get the more I increase my mileage. Supportive running shoes – this is something that all runners need. Running is a very cost effective sport despite the cost of good runners, if that makes any sense. You can buy crops at a an inexpensive cost at winners, on sale at running room etc or even wear a simple pair you found at the thrift store, shoes are not the place to skimp people. My journey with shoes has been quite the time. I have had a hell of time finding the right shoes.

First my foot type: high arches, bunions, neutral foot.

I used to run in Asics back in the day when I ran in the summers with my mom and those hurt my knees. So when I started running this year I was running in the Nike flyKnit Zoom – I started running on the treadmill and had no pain in these shoes at all. But as soon as I began running outside I could quickly tell the cushioning wore off.

Then hit the winter. Yes folks, I still ran outside in the freezing winter, snow, sleet, wind and all. I thought that because the flyknit’s worked out so well that I would order the Free Run Distance shield that were indeed waterproof but after about 2 months of running in them I sustained my injury. Then not being able to walk so I had to take a month off. BRB while I cry and become a nightly foam roller.

Before I left for Europe I went to running room. Ugh. Where do I begin. The guy there: a: told me my arches weren’t my problem but it was my ankles…like okay….sure…i mean they aren’t the strongest but alrighty sir you are supposed to be the expert. (WRONG I WAS). I bought the mizuno wave rider 20 which I am now finding out IS A NARROW SHOE like alrighty. My bunions have never had quite the pain they had in  these runners. Literally, I would run down the street and my bunions would already be in pain. I know I will never be pain free but this? This was just getting out of hand. Even when I used to skate, my feet NEVER hurt this much.

Alas, my wonderful friend took me to her family friend that works at New Balance. New Balance was a brand I had discounted, for political reasons but also because I thought they just made street shoes and never thought of them as a running brand. But the experience at the store was wonderful, I went on this fun contraption that told the lady I my foot type, and pretty much all the information from my feet. Spot on – high arches, bunions, one foot a half size bigger. The woman there is also a bunion sufferer and recommend the best shoes I’ve ever worn.  Honestly. They are ridiculously comfortable. As someone with bunions the mizuno was way to tight on the arch and had minimal cushioning on the front part of my foot. My New Balance are specifically made with cushioning on both the front and back part of the foot as well as ample arch support so the bunion doesn’t absorb all the shock when you run. They also come in wide width – a blessing really.

 

You best believe I will be purchasing another pair for my winter running. Advice for anyone interested in running: go to New Balance. This has been by far my BEST experience looking and purchasing a pair of runners. Whatever your feelings towards the company, their employees know their stuff and are WILLING to listen to you.

 

I hope you enjoyed my kind of review/advice on runners and that this can help you pick the best pair for you.