For me, probably the next best thing to a runner’s high or a destination race with great friends is enjoying workout gear that is functional and stylish. Recently I was invited to try out some workout wear from Albion Fit, a company dedicated to distinctive women’s fitness apparel and swimwear. I tested the Love Racer in neon pink. What better way to shake off the winter doldrums?
It was love at first sight. This racer-back tank is as versatile as it is cute. I ran in it, wore it to yoga, spin classes and in the gym. It was super comfy and did not chafe, even through my toughest workouts. When I say it has a built-in bra, I don’t mean one of those useless ‘shelf’ setups. No, the Love Racer is great for high and low impact activities alike. It even has removable bra cups.
Be still my heart: look at the ruching on the sides. Gorgeous and so flattering. The Love Racer is a winner in my book. The quality of the fabric, the workmanship and the styling are all top-notch. Through several machine washings the color has not bled and remains just as vibrant as ever. Thanks to the groundhog for predicting an early spring–I look forward to getting outside in this tank soon!
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Note: I was sent this item free of charge for review purposes. My opinions are my own.
Last week we had some of the coldest weather I’ve gone out to run in so far this season. Not having a spring marathon to train for makes me a touch more willing to surrender to the mill. But I couldn’t resist getting out in the snow yesterday for 10 miles.
Temperature when I went out was 14 (not bad) but the wind chill was zero). Heavy overcast, windy, snowing.
Many of you asked what I wear for the coldest (betweeen 0 and 20 degrees F) conditions. Note: I do not venture out when it is below zero. Here it is:
Under Armour Cold gear tights. These were my first running tights many moons ago and they’re still my go-to pair when it gets really cold. I like that there are no zippers at the ankle to freeze or chafe.
Under Armour Cold Gear mock turtle. Same fabric as the tights, close fitting, more neck warmth with the mock turtle.
Note: The pic above shows neither Under Armour piece I describe above because I am a doof.
Injinji Trail socks. The higher cuff ensures there is no exposed real estate between your shoe and tights. Keeps out snow and ice too. Knee highs would also be an excellent choice.
Half zip. I like this one from Zoot because it’s fleecy inside for extra warmth. Thumbs up for the thumbholes.
Nike fleece pants over the tights. The tights do a good job of breaking the wind. The pants add extra warmth.
Nylon jacket for wind resistance. Hi-viz color with reflective accents.
Trail shoes for better traction in the ice/snow and better wind resistance.
When the ‘feels-like’ temperature is zero, I like to wear both a fleece hat and a headband for maximum ear protection.
I also wear a buff that I can pull up over my nose as temps/wind fluctuate.
Gloves. These are touch-screen ones by aGlove. Because nobody wants to peel off their gloves to mess with watch/phone etc. when it’s this cold.
Sunglasses: Not only for sun and snow glare, but to protect your eyes from wind and extreme, eye-watering cold.
Some of you may want to heavy up your hands and feet protection. I was out for 90 minutes wearing this yesterday and my toes and fingertips were perfectly warm, but I tend to run hotter than the average bear.
Another issue for consideration: Your fuel. In temps like these it freezes pretty fast. That’s why I wear my fuel belt under my jacket in really cold conditions or I circle back home and reload.
More tips for winter running:
- Choose a route that minimizes time spent on busy roads–they’re even more dangerous with snow plows and cars that may lose control.
- Choose hi-viz colors with reflective accents and always assume drivers do not see you. Better safe than sorry!
- Many times wind chill is the worst part of a winter run. Plan your route to keep the wind at your back or run in areas with some protection.
- If it’s realllly cold, you may want to get part of your run done outside, then come in and finish up on the treadmill.
- Be smart out there and keep your extremities covered.
Do you enjoy cold weather running? How cold is too cold?