Gear To Get You Through Winter In Houston

wp-1473774907071.jpgToday I'm joining the lovely ladies for Tuesdays On The Run.  Where we talk about a different topic each week that is running related.

Today's topic is "Favorite Winter Gear".  I don't have much winter gear as I'm blessed to live in Houston which has a very mild winter.  So mild that I don't put away my summer gear!

I see snaps of my Instagram friends in colder climates and I'm happy I don't have to bundle up so much.  I have lost whatever tolerance for the cold from living in Kansas about a year after I moved to Houston.

I always look at the nice, warm looking running jackets when they come out in late summer/early fall... but I really have no need for those. I try to keep my winter gear spending pretty low, since I wear that stuff so rarely.  It is really the short/tanks/carpis/lightweight long sleeves where my money goes.

I have a few things in my arsenal for when the weather gets downright cold ... in Houston, that is in the lower 40's-30's (sometimes but rarely 20's):

  • BCG Cold Weather long sleeve shirts... I have 2.  These are really thick and keep me warm.  I think they are similar to the UA Cold Gear stuff at a fraction of the price.

  • Spandits! thermal tights. I have one pair... would love to have more as they do keep me toasty warm.   Weather cold enough to run in them doesn't really stick around here for longer than a couple of days.

  • Half zip pull-over.... I think I got this at Wal-Mart.

  • Spandits! trekkie hat... this thing is awesome.  When I got it I was skeptical whether it would help keep me warm (it's made from the same fabric as the regular bottoms), but after wearing it on the run... I LOVE it! It keeps the heat in but is so lightweight you don't even know you have a hat on.

What items do you need to survive the winter?

Does your winter get colder than mine?   

Today I'm linking up with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My no-guilt life for Tuesdays on the Run.


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  1. Ha! Um yes, we're a little colder here in Chicago. Bundling up is such a chore sometimes it's easier to fire up the mill for shorter runs. I need to try one of those hats!

  2. I'm lucky - it doesn't get cold in California. So I have normal running tights that keep me warm enough. I get by with light longsleeved running shirts, or t-shirts with a light running jacket or light hoodie.
    Right now I'm in Canada though! I had to borrow some long john's from my mom to put over my running tights and layered a t-shirt under a long-sleeved, under a running jacket. It worked ok haha ;)

  3. My weather is about the same as yours, so I don't have a lot of cold weather gear. I usually switch from shorts to pants and tanks to long sleeves. Sometimes, I need a jacket, but those days are rare, and like in Houston, don't last too long. Yay!

  4. This winter has been crazy, usually we are a little colder than we are this year.

  5. I'm always having to borrow clothes when I go back home to KS in the winter or early spring!