Bala-what?! (and no, it's not the pastry!)
I tell you, the balaclava is a wonderful accessory to have on mornings like today, when the feel-like temp dips below freezing (it was in the low 20's when I was out on my run!).
One common question I'm asked is how do you take on the winter weather and still run?
It's ALL about the gear - okay, mostly about the gear and also your mindset. I used to be an extremely "fair-weathered" runner and head to the treadmill the minute the temps dipped below 32 degrees. Two things happened: 1. I started getting better winter gear; and 2. I started hating the dreadmill.
I have stock-piled my winter running gear, thanks to the past few Christmases and "fun" money that I've saved. I've found that you don't have to have a lot, but there are some necessities: running tights (I love my Under Armour, as they're a bit thicker than my Nike ones), balaclava (pictured above), winter running jacket (again, I have a fab Under Armour winter jacket that's lightweight, moisture-wicking, and better yet - it has built-in mittens and is reflective!), gloves (moisture-wicking), and a hat or ear covering (unless you have the balaclava - though the hat is nice when it's in the 30's and not so windy).
Don't let a bitter wind chill stop you from running outdoors this winter - add some of these winter gear items to your Christmas lists! I actually find it to be more refreshing outdoors on a winter day, and often times run harder or faster on my shorter runs to keep my body warm. Runner's World has a great resource to assist you in how to bundle up properly depending on the elements. Check it out on their Website, www.runnersworld.com.
Have a great week of running!