Thanks to my crazy thyroid and Hashimoto’s I am constantly cold. It can be 75 degrees and sunny, and I’m wearing jeans and avoiding the shade. I’m like a cat who looks for sunlight to lay in.
When it comes to running, I’m always cold for at least the first mile or two. Goosebumps, tensed up, can’t shake the shivers cold. My body finally snaps into gear and starts warming up after a few miles and I can finally relax. The problem is, I can’t change wardrobes half way through a run and I hate the uncomfortable feeling of being cold.
Many runners choose to wear an old sweatshirt to start a run and ditch it once they’re warmed up. I’m a fan of the “wear a trashbag or blanket until the start of the race” method of keeping warm. I don’t have to pull anything over my head and I don’t need to worry about covering up my race bib. The problem is, once the race starts, I’m still cold.
Enter arm warmers.
They’re the perfect thing to keep my upper body a little warmer until I get into the run. I can slide them down when I’m warmed up or pull them back up again if I feel chilly. And thanks to this simple hack, I can ditch them on the side of the road and feel zero guilt. Sure, you can buy fancy arm warmers, but I think my version works just as well, but at a fraction of the price (and I can match them to my outfit for the day, because that is a super important factor, right?)
On a super chilly morning, I pair these with a cheap pair of gloves from Target.
Check out my simple video tutorial for DIY arm warmers for runners. I promise you, it’s the easiest DIY project ever, even if it looks like I can’t make a simple cut through fabric.
What’s your favorite way to stay warm before a race? Leave a comment below and let us know!