Monday, March 25, 2013

What's In Your Fitness Closet? Winter Edition

When I first started running, I didn't think much about what I was wearing. I just grabbed whatever was already in my closet. Years later I have learned that running year round requires some investment in appropriate gear. 

Since I am beyond ready to pack up my winter gear, I thought I'd share what I have been running in all season in a Winter Edition of What's In Your Fitness Closet?


My winter gear is mostly made up of thermal tops, half zips, and long pants. The winters here in New England can get bitterly cold and snowy. So I have stocked up on some essentials to make sure I can run outside in any conditions.


The Nike therma-fit crew neck pullovers are perfect on most of my cold running days. They have thumb holes so I can keep my hands warm without having to wear gloves. They are thicker than the normal dri-fit, yet work the same way: keep me dry.


I also like to wear the Nike dri-fit half-zips. Although they are ideal for winter running, they are a little lighter-weight. Like the therma-fits they all come with thumb holes, but the best features are the mitten cuffs and back zip-pocket that can be found on some. 


My favorite winter running top is a new one I found this year. The Nike Pro Hyperwarm Mock Turtle Neck is perfect on those cold AND windy days. The turtle neck is adjustable with drawstrings and can be used to protect your face. 


In the winter my bottoms are either pants or tights. The pants are nice because they fit snuggly without feeling restrictive the way some running tights can. Running tights work perfectly on runs when the streets are slushy because they don't get wet and heavy.


This year I splurged on a pair of Lululemon Runder Under tights and they became my favorite because they are really soft, warm, and look good. The hidden pockets are very convenient and you can roll them up to add a safety reflective feature. But really, they just look the best!


On really cold days, I obviously wear gloves and/or a hat (if I must), but my new favorite accessory is my Lululemon Brisk Run Neck Warmer. It might look a little funny, but it works so well as either a hood or turtleneck. 


Since it is officially Spring according to the calendar, I am really hoping that the weather here in NH catches up so that I can replace my winter running gear with shorts, skirts, and tanks!

Now, tell me: What's in your fitness closet?

Check out more closets by heading over to Pavement Runner's link up today!



33 comments:

  1. Totally agree! I love Nike half zips and thermals. I have some great tights from them too. I haven't tried the Lulu Runder Unders but I have some Lulu capris I love.

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  2. I have a UnderArmor ColdGear Mock Turtleneck that I love for the colder days. One trick I found is if my pants are all in the wash, I'll wear capris with leg sleeves. Works down to around low 30s if it's not too windy! I need more neck gear, thanks for the recommendations!

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  3. so much nike and lululemon love - def my fav brands!!

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  4. You New Englanders do have to bundle up compared to us down here in the MidAtlantic! I really love that blue Nike zip top you have up there...great color. I'm with you, though, can we please put it all away already???

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  5. Love that grey dry fit turtle neck of sorts!

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  6. Awesome. I love NIKE gear... wish I had more, but the price tag always gets me. It is sort of a reward or something I get to spoil myself with when it does happen. Great colors, too!

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  7. Great gear Amy! I'm going into denial about our lack of spring weather in NE and packed away my winter gear - let's see how long I last ;)

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  8. Nike has some really great stuff. I like to hit their outlet store for big steals!

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  9. oooh that nike mock turtleneck looks awesome! i may have to get my hands on one for next winter

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  10. I really love that mock turtleneck! It looks awesome. Your winter gear blows mine out of the water! But you've been tougher than I this winter as well.....and haven't gone to the tm as much as me.

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  11. That mock turtleneck looks really warm! I'm going to have to look it up! I can't believe how much super warm stuff you need, way to be dedicated and get out there in the cold!

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  12. I love how colorful you are. I love wearing bright colors, too. It really helps get me going. Thanks for sharing, this was such a fun link up.

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  13. Love the Nike shirts! How do they compare to Under Armour?

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  14. Hmmm, I haven't worn UA so I can't answer that one, but I can tell you that one thing I love about Nike tops specifically is that they are long - good coverage :)

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  15. I run on the roads a lot so I have to stay visible to drivers!

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  16. I tried to find a link for the post, but couldn't. I picked it up at a Nike outlet in early February.

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  17. I'd try the Nike outlets. Wasn't able to find it for sale online anywhere!

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  18. TJ Maxx carries some great NIke stuff too ;)

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  19. Good for you Michelle! I hope it works ;)

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  20. Thanks Brian! I think you've earned something from Nike with this great idea ;)

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  21. I only discovered lulu recently and I can totally see why everyone loves their stuff!

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  22. Great idea! I've worn my capris with socks for fun "outfits" to a race. I don't know why I didn't think to do that on a training run!

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  23. I like my Nike tights, but I look better in the lulus. Yes. Totally vain ;)

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  24. I am definitely going to have to get one of those nike mock turtle necks for next year -- The rain/wind/cold prevented me from going out and kicking butt this year!

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  25. I love all your tops! But of course I have a thing for bright colours ;)

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  26. Great tops! I debated getting that nike top with the drawstring neck for a while - you are making me reconsider it again for next year!

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