Monday, February 17, 2014

5 Tips for Running in the Cold + Trailheads Convertible Mittens Giveaway

 Disclosure: I was provided a pair of Trailheads Convertible Mittens free of charge for the purpose of a product review and giveaway. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own, and I am not obligated to give them a positive review. If I hated them, I'd tell you.

If you are a runner this time of year you basically have two choices if you want to keep training: Suck it up and make peace with the treadmill or suck it up and run outdoors in the cold.

If it is icy, really snowy, or extremely windy and below freezing, I'll run indoors or take the day off. If it is cold but dry, I'll at least attempt the outdoor run. Here are my five tips for running in the cold based on my own experiences.

1. Find a partner. 
Everything is a little more tolerable when you have someone with you to share in the pain fun. Sometimes a running mate can help motivate you to get out the door in the first place, then you can high five each other about how hard-core you both are when you get home.


2. Dress warm, but in layers. 
The rule of thumb is that you should dress as if it is 15-20 degrees warmer than the actual temperature, because after you start running your body temperature will rise. I generally wear running tights, a fitted long sleeve base layer, a light technical jacket, then something over that when it is really cold so that I can strip my layers off as I warm up. Running in loops around my neighborhood makes it convenient to drop layers on my front porch as I pass the house.

3. Warm up.
Warm up inside first to get your blood flowing before you head out into the cold. Jumping jacks, butt kicks, high knees, or jogging in place will do the trick.

4. Avoid Cotton.
Wear clothing that wicks moisture away from the body. Avoid cotton running gear (in any weather). The last thing you want is to get sweaty and have your wet clothes sticking to you in freezing temperatures. Remember that cotton absorbs moisture, polyester wicks moisture away. Just say no to cotton. Friends don't let running friends wear cotton. This is your brain on cotton (OK, that one doesn't work).
Friends don't let running friends wear cotton

5. Cover your ears, head, fingers and toes. 
Wear a hat or a headband to keep your ears and head warm. Wear socks that aren't made of cotton for warm dry toes, and wear gloves. Remember what I said about layers? You can layer your gloves too! I love these gloves that Trailheads sent me for a product review. They are technical running gloves that convert from a warm mitten to fingerless gloves by just tucking the mitten part into a pocket on the back of the glove. Even the thumb tips come off and have magnets to keep them down so they don't flop around during your run. When your body temperature rises and you start to get warm, instead of  taking your gloves off, you can remove "a layer" by just taking off the mittens to reveal the fingerless gloves. It is an easy way to cool off a little without risking losing your gloves by removing them completely (which has happened to me more times than I care to count). Ever come home with just one glove in your pocket? Annoying! These are also great when you need to use your phone, because you can quickly remove the mitten to use your touch screen.
The bottom line in cold weather running is to listen to your body and don't suffer needlessly. If it is really miserable, just head home and warm up. Always think of your safety first. The treadmill will be there for you when you need it most. You can check out my post on how to make your treadmill runs not suck (I know, seems impossible). Also always carry your phone with you when running in less than desirable conditions so that you can call for help if you need it.

Buy Them!

Do you like these Trailheads gloves? Trailheads generously offered up a pair of the Women's Power Stretch Convertible Mittens for a giveaway! They are also offering a discount code just for Running with Ollie readers if you want to buy them (or anything else site wide). Use discount code OLLIE020 for 20% off site wide from 2/17 - 2/24This is an affiliate link, which means I get a very small percentage if you decide to buy, which helps support this blog. The price you pay is the same whether you buy through my link or direct from their site.

Enter to Win Them!

The most exciting thing is that you can enter to win them! All that you have to do is leave a blog comment and fill out the Rafflecopter form, plus there are plenty of ways to earn extra entries.
TrailHeads Convertible Mittens review and giveaway


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Tell me why you want to win them!
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61 comments :

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  2. I was looking for new gloves! And thanks for some great tips of how to prep in the cold weather. Will be doing jumping jacks at home from now on!

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    1. great! glad you found it helpful! let me know how it goes!

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  3. Would love to try these! This winter has been the worst since I started running.

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  4. I so need these! My hands are never warm!

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  5. I have been looking at gloves like these... need a new pair.

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  6. Would LOVE to win these!!! I have Raynauds so I am ALWAYS looking for the warmest, protective gloves I can find. These are perfect because they convert to mittens for the first part of the run and then give your fingers some breathing room as you heat up. Great cold weather tips too!! Have a fantastic day~

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  7. I would love to win these because I only have those $1 knit gloves that really do nothing for anyone and these look awesome.

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  8. Im a HUGE FAN of the fingerless mittens for my cold weather walking here in NoCal!!

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  9. These are my favorite gloves ever! I have two pairs...one of their older version too which did not have the removable thumb. I wasn't sure how they could possibly make my favorite gloves better but they did. I use these for pretty much everything, running, snowshoeing, out and about, even when I am out taking pictures in the spring!

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  10. These are AWESOME! I love running in the snow and cold but only if I'm geared up right. What I do right now is layer a pair of good running gloves with some socks over them if I get cold--yes, socks--it's super stylish. So yeah, I could use an upgrade to some proper layers for my hands! :)

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  11. Those are awesome, I have nice running gloves but the first mile my fingers are cold!

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  12. I'm a HUGE fan of Trailheads gear and am in massive need of warm gloves! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  13. Thanks for the GIVEAWAY i need a pair of these!

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  14. These look awesome! I love the layering option - sometimes my hands get too warm and I don't take off my gloves because I have nowhere to put them! Great idea!

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  15. Anything to keep me motivated to run is a good thing!

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  16. These gloves look like they'd be perfect while outdoors running around with the dog and at the hockey rink ;)

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  17. I would love to win these since I love how they convert from fingerless gloves to mittens!! Reminds me of the "glittens" my grandma used to make me when I was a little girl!!

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  18. sweet jesus, this would be awesome!

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  19. This gloves would be perfect! It has been cold and snowing here in Illinois since October. New gloves are definitely needed!

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  20. This is surprisingly good advice considering how cold and unpredictable its been lately! No I don't have an excuse to wait until the weather is warm to start running lol

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  21. Those mittens look so cool! I always wear gloves when I run during the fall/winter. My hands get super cold and numb very easily.

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  22. I'm very over winter! I can't wait for the first nice day to get out there! I just saw these gloves and fell in love! I have really small hands so to use mittens is the best!

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  23. I'd love to have these for our next icenado event here in Texas!

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  24. I use mittens for running, would like to try these

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  25. I have been dying for a pair of these convertible mittens! If I don't win some soon I guess I'm going to have to break down and buy some.

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  26. These are AWESOME! Love that they cover your thumb!!

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  27. those look really neat. Look great for these snowy days we ahve been having.

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  28. Those are pretty cool gloves. I have a pair that is similar and love them!

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  29. Those look like they would be great for our Maine winters!

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  30. I NEED new running gloves so badly! I've bought many and not a single pair keep my fingers warm. I've even tried taking my fingers out of the fingers of the gloves and curling them up in my palm. Not the most comfortable way to run LOL

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  31. These mittens are cool. I love that it makes it easy to use a touchscreen.

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  32. I would love to win these gloves! I think they would be very handy for running as well as snowshoeing. I actually do not have a love-hate relationship with my treadmill. I am thankful that it keeps me active when the weather is poor or if I need to run at o' dark thirty before work. I prefer long runs outside but have run them on the treadmill under duress. Thanks for offering the opportunity to win the gloves!

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    1. I like your positive attitude about the treadmill. :)

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  33. WOuld love to try these! I need some gloves to run in the cool weather!

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  34. Oh, my! I tried looking around for gloves a couple weeks ago...perfect! I live in Montana- we have more winter than any other season...I like that I could use these winter, spring, and fall!

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  35. I love gloves like these! I would even wear them to type...my hand are so daaarn dry and cold right now!

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  36. These look awesome I would love to have a pair!

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  37. These gloves look perfect! I have to wear 2 pair of gloves when running to keep my fingers warm!

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  38. I agree with all the tips! I use them all myself. My partner is my dog, who is so furry and so shaggy that cold and snow can't stop him, so why should they stop me! We have gone out in temperatures as low as -40F - Just gotta dress for it (in layers) and cover up your face!

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    1. oo. I forgot that one. good tip... cover up your face! It's because I live in Texas and never gets quite THAT cold. Thanks!

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  39. The cotton rule is definitely something all beginners should know!

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  40. These look amazing! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! @smilejoylove

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  41. mitts are my go-to for winter running!

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  42. those are great tips! too bad up here in Calgary it often gets too cold to run no matter what you do...so its off to the indoor track for me!

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  43. I've been running without gloves, but I could defnitely use something besides thumb holes to warm my fingers!

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  44. LOVE these gloves! My hands have been freezing on my last few runs so these would definitely come in handy (haha, no pun intended!).

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  45. I am bad at buying gloves that really work. I hope these will work for my always cold hands! :)

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  46. HAHA I love the "friends don't let running friends wear cotton" - so true! I really don't understand how people still wear cotton t-shirts and don't know how I used to do it! those gloves look awesomely warm!!

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  47. These would be perfect for me... I love the idea of gloves but haven't found a pair that are JUUUUST right yet- I'm like goldilocks ;)

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  48. I started running in the cold, so I actually prefer it. I would love there gloves bc they offer smartphone access as well as an intermediate degree of coolness. I offer find myself warming up on a run, taking off my gloves, and then cooling down a bit so I have to put them back on.

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