Look, I know it’s a bit early to mention it, and I am sure that where you are, you get a nice long Autumn/Fall, but here in Ireland we are never too far away from Winter. This Summer was so awful, we even had a touch of Winter in July. Winter seeps into the west of Ireland rather than landing with a bang. The rain gradually gets colder, the winds stronger and the days shorter. I also saw my first Christmas Cards in a Tescos this week!
Of course, we don’t get really harsh winters either, which is just as well as 2 inches of snow brings the whole country to a standstill.
This winter I will be training for my first half marathon (gulp) and so OF COURSE I treated myself to some new gear! I adhere to the idea that there is no such thing as bad weather just the wrong clothing so layers are the way to go.
I bought my first ever running tights (I think that might mean I am a proper runner now) and a long sleeved top. I also treated myself to a new running bra, always a risky business, especially as I buy my gear online, but I chose a Shock Absorber and am delighted to report that it fits and does its job well. Finally, I indulged in a snuggly, fluffy, magenta hooded fleece for post-run chills and the really cold days. As you can see from the picture, I am going to be a vision in Hi-viz pink and black. So co-ordinated.
I also tried to buy a new hat, a running cap to be exact, as it would help keep the rain off my glasses as I find being able to see where I am going is always a help. However, all the caps seem designed for sunny weather and winter hats are all of the knitted beanie type. I will keep looking for the correct hat – all suggestions welcomed – or may consider returning to contact lenses for when I run.
Has anyone else treated themselves to some new gear recently?