I’m sure you would have seen by now, if you’ve been following me on Instagram that is; that I’ve been clocking up those kilometers with the aim of reaching my goal of 10km. Yes, that’s my goal. Why? Well, I’ve always wanted to sign myself up for some sort of fund run. I’ve said it so many times but have not made any commitment to that as yet. You see, initially, it was to run a distance of 5km, but having hit that distance I thought… nah… I needed another challenge. Something longer. And that’s how the 10km distance came about. A half marathon is NOT in the cards at all, let alone a marathon! I want to be able to WALK after my run, not have someone carry me back on a stretcher!
It has also been such an honour to find out that because of my regular running posts on Instagram, I’ve somehow inspired a number of people to run too. Well, the number is 2 – not many I know but hello, some is better than none. If I can inspire anyone to make their health a priority, then I think I’m doing a rather good job.
One of these people is my blogging pal, Tine from Beautyholics Anonymous. She’s had a mostly sedentary lifestyle but has recently taken up running! I am impressed Tine! She has also asked me a few questions related to running so I thought why not just share it on the blog! It’ll be a series of posts covering the very basics of running. I’ve shared my very basic tips on running last week, and you can read it here.
This week, I’m covering what I wear when I run in winter – a question that was posed by Tine.
Much like our regular day-to-day wear, layering up while running is the way to go. That’s what I do anyway. When we start off, our body temperature is still low, so we need to rug up before our run. That’s why I wear a number of layers when I run in winter.
You might be thinking, “but doesn’t that make you overheat while you run?”. True, that’s if I don’t take the layers off as my body temperature rises. Herein lies my rationale for wearing that thumb running long sleeve top over a jumper with those thumb thingies. As I get warmer with running, I peel off the jumper and tie around my waist. That way the long sleeve top, which is usually lighter still keeps me warm without overheating my body. The top still keeps my hands warm, which is always the last part to warm up anyway. Sometimes, when I run longer distances, I tend to take off the long sleeved top too. And yes, I tie that around my waist as well.
Once I’ve finished my run and am starting to cool down, that’s when I usually put the layers back on. The idea is to keep yourself warm (not hot!) even after your run.
If you’re wondering about my knickers, I wear those simple comfy cotton underwear from Target. It’s breathable, comfortable and cheap. While I do have two pairs of those “special” for sports underwear, I think it doesn’t make a difference. Well, not to me anyway.
Stay tuned next week when I share some ways you can cool down after a run and some good stretching exercises to help with those sore calves and hamstrings.
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