This morning I grabbed my running shoes out of my bag. Sadly, the last time I touched them, I was running on the beach and some sand fell out. Today, my run was on snowy/icy sidewalks in Boulder. It has not snowed here for a few days, but the compact snow/ice combination was left on many sidewalks of those who failed to shovel after the last snow (grrr-please shovel your sidewalk if you have one).
At Christmas, I got two awesome pieces of running gear. The first was a pair of running pants. My Under Armor tights are in bad shape so it was great to get a nice, warm pair of pants. I got these Centrifuge Pants from Outdoor Research and, although they are fitted, they have a lot more room than tights. The pants are extremely versatile (meant for cross-country skiing or any physically active winter sport), wind-resistant from the front, but also roomy enough for breathability. Even though they are specifically designed for cold, cold weather, I find they are more breathable than tights.
The other gift was this running jacket by Lucy. I love how reflective it is and I love the pockets. At first, the material did not seem to be too breathable (it feels like a plastic bag), but after several runs in the cold East Coast winter and the brisk air in Boulder, I have decided it is really warm and also breathable. I have never run in a zip-up jacket before and I like it. I wear a T-shirt underneath and it is perfect for these cold days.
In general, I am very excited about cold weather running in my new running clothes. For the record, I am terrible at these selfie mirror shots that show off my outfit: