It’s official – the light’s gone out in Cleveland and we’re in for a solid 5 months of agonizingly cold gray-and-white landscapes. but should that mean us runners will be forced to Occupy The Couch, or worse, The Treadmill?! I think not. Here are 5 things to keep you out and about in that beautiful Winter Wonderland while your competitors indulge themselves in a bit of seasonal pudge.
1. Arm warmers: As we make the transition from “kinda wussy not-fall-not-winter” to “oh dear Christ it’s frickin’ cold out here,” it tends to be cold enough to make your arms feel like they’re going to fall off, but warm enough once you get going to make you want to take off the only piece of clothing (your long-sleeved shirt) that’s standing in the way of your arms ACTUALLY falling off. Enter arm warmers. They’re perfect, because they keep your arms super warm while leaving a nice gap between them and your short-sleeved tee where the air can cool your torso. You can also just wear them under a long-sleeved shirt for added protection of your extremities.
2. Thermal – Once you’ve gotten past the point of no return in terms of temperature, you’re going to want to layer up, and at least one of those layers should definitely be a thermal. Preferably a super bright orange thermal. It gets really dark in the dead of winter, and let’s be honest – no one REALLY wants to become a frozen pancake…right?
3. Screw shoes – Once those roads get icy, you’re going to feel like you’re in the off-brand version of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. There’s nothing quite like taking a hard left and finding yourself drifting down a snow bank into the Cuyahoga River, is there? With that in mind, take a power drill and go Irish Mafia on a pair of your old running shoes – it’s like making snow tires for your feet! Just make sure the screws aren’t too long, or you’ll end up feeling like the Indian Yogi who didn’t quite figure out how to walk on the nail bed properly…
4. Hat – Since lots of heat is lost through your head (although according to this post, nowhere near the 75% figure some people bandy about), nothing is more crucial in the winter months than a proper winter hat. Or earmuffs. Really anything that keeps your precious ears attached for just a little while longer.
5. Hot chocolate – That’s right. Hot chocolate. It’s delicious, it’s nutritious, and it’s WARM. After a long run through the eye of a blizzard, nothing quite hits the spot like a tall, steaming mug of molten chocolate with an extra-large dollop of whipped cream on top.