I wore a gaiter, and I loved it

I wore a gaiter, and I loved it
Gaiter as a hood

I've been keeping up with this cold weather running thing and guess what? It's getting colder! Yeah, yeah, I know it's December in Chicago.

Back when I was reading about what I should wear while running in cold weather, I learned about neck gaiters. This is like a tube shaped scarf. Okay, I'm not the best at describing things, but it covers your neck and you can pull it up to cover your head to keep you even warmer.

Nope, not this gator

Nope, not this gator

Yesterday I was running errands and saw a sign for women's running accessories on sale. What did I find? One last gaiter. I was excited about my find (and the 25% off) and threw it in my shopping cart.

The temperature during my run today was 17 degrees. A perfect day to break out the gaiter. As you can see, I took some very cool selfies before I went on my run.

That giant glove is giving a thumbs up for gaiters

That giant glove is giving a thumbs up for gaiters

When I walked out the door, I was freezing. It seemed like the wind was blowing in every direction. I'll tell you what though. The gaiter worked its magic and my neck didn't even feel cold.

Once I hit my stride, I warmed up considerably and was way more comfortable on my run than I thought I would be. It was invigorating! Or maybe the wind was numbing my brain. Either way, it didn't at all feel like I was running in the arctic tundra.

When I made it back home and stopped running, my legs were feeling numb. Then again, they were bracing against that "arctic air" they keep talking about on the news, so I think that's pretty typical.

Next week, it's supposed to be even colder. Am I going to stay in? Nope, that's when it's going to be ninja time! Seriously, is there a better excuse to run around dressed like a ninja?

The ninja doesn't care if it's freezing outside

The ninja doesn't care if it's freezing outside

So, if you see a ninja wearing a purple jacket running around your neighborhood next week, don't be alarmed. My gaiter and I mean you no harm.

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