Thursday, February 7, 2013

Winter Wear + Summer Giveaway

I have received a few questions about what gloves I wear while running since I do have Raynaud's and keeping my hands warm while running is a priority.

As long as I wear appropriate gloves for the weather, I don't have a problem.  It is usually the cold steering wheel that I touch post run to drive home (without gloves on) that causes the problem.

To keep my hands from getting cold while running I wear a pair of old Woolrich gloves I took from my mom's house over 4 years ago.  These gloves have been with me for a long time and they really are great.  They are thick but not too bulky and are the glove/mitten combo which really helps me to be able to start and stop my watch easily without taking off my gloves.



These gloves have to be at least 7 years old and I am not sure where my mom got them but they were most likely a pair that she used often to cross country ski or snowshoe or walk during the winter.  I am just thankful she let me keep them!


I do have a MANY other pairs of gloves that I rotate through and wear thicker or lighter gloves depending on the weather.  For any weather below 40F, I will wear my thicker Woolrich gloves or the two other pairs of thicker winter gloves I have.  I ONLY wear my woolrich gloves for long runs in the winter, otherwise my hands will freeze since I am usually out for at least 1.5 to 2 hours.  (Referring to the gloves pictured below in the back row, and the pair on the right in the first row.


For runs when its warmer but not quite warm enough to go glove-less, I wear the two different pairs in the first row (left and middle). These are very light gloves and often do not help to keep my fingers warm.  I ONLY wear those two pairs of gloves when the temperature is between 40F and 55F.   I also had a pair of Nike gloves but I seemed to have misplaced one glove so I haven't been able to wear them.  I can usually stand to run glove-less when the temperature is above 55F, but sometimes it doesn't matter and my hands get cold.

It is a slightly complicated system.  I always try to air on the side of caution and over dress my hands.  This way my hands will be warm and I won't have a problem.  My hands do sweat when I run with gloves so I either have to wash the gloves or let them dry before my next run.  That is another reason I have multiple pairs - in case one isn't dry from the previous days run.

There you have it - my slightly complicated winter running glove situation! 


And now on to the giveaway!

Albion Fit which offers Women's workout clothing and swimwear contacted me a few weeks ago and wanted to do a giveaway for my readers!  Since I bet a lot of you are sick of winter already, let's start to think about summer and all the cute clothes that come with it.  I had never heard of Albion before this so I was excited to check them out.  Their website has so many colorful and fun clothes plus swimsuits!

I am always searching for cute, colorful workout clothes and I really think Albion has some great options. A locally, family owned company based in Utah, Albion is committed to the environment by striving to make a green manufacturing facility and recycling plant waste by using earth friendly materials in their products. The garments that Albion makes and sells are fashionable but also practical.  They are committed to offering fitness clothes that are not only high performance but also high style which works for me.  Who doesn't love to be comfortable in your workout clothes but also look pretty awesome?! I know my husband Brian is always trying to get me to wear cuter workout clothes and my birthday is coming up, so maybe I should drop some hints to him :-)

One lucky WINNER will have a chance to win the Love Racer from Albion Fit! 


How To Enter

For a chance to win one of Albion Fit's Love Racer in any color, you must "like" Albion Fit on facebook.  Then visit Albion Fit's website and pick out your favorite piece of clothing.  Come back here and leave me a comment telling me your favorite!

Bonus Entries - Leave a comment for each

1. Like Morning Runner on facebook
2. Follow Albion Fit on Pinterest
3. Tell me what you are most looking forward to this summer!

And if you would like to buy anything from Albion, receive $15 off purchases of $50 or more when you use the code morningrunner15 (expires on 2/26/13).

Rules
Giveaway is provided by Albion Fit and will end Saturday February 10th, 2013, open to all U.S. residents over 18 years and older. Winner will be chosen at random and contacted through email.

42 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I have never heard of Albion either. I always love discovering new workout brands!! I love the Draw Cord Top. It is so feminine. I also like the mesh bottom portion. I live in Alabama and I think it would be great for summer running.

Joanne said...

Liked on facebook and I really like the rainbow skirt in grey and black.

Joanne said...

I already like Morning Runner on Facebook.
Followed Albion's motivations on Pinterest.
And I am SO looking forward to warm weather and triathlons this summer.

bethrunz said...

Ooh, those Albion tops are really cute! I've never heard of the company, but I'm interested to hear how runners like their clothing (i.e. Is it scratchy? Do the seams chafe?)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Oh fun! I liked them on facebook!

My favorite item on their website is this adorable striped swimsuit!

http://www.albionfit.com/swims/striped-sashed-suit-black-and-white

And for a bonus entry I liked your page on facebook, too!

latanya t said...
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latanya t said...

I like" Albion Fit on facebook
I GOWN SUIT, NAVY

dlatany at gmail dot com

latanya t said...

I Follow Albion Fit on Pinterest

dlatany at gmail dot com

latanya t said...

I look forward to being outside and bike riding

dlatany at gmail dot com

Anne W said...

I liked Albion Fit on facebook. I love their Showstopper Black and White swimsuit!

Anne W said...

I liked Morning Runner on facebook.

Anne W said...

I follow Albion Fit on pinterest (annewatson0401).

Anne W said...

I am looking forward to moving into my new house!

Julie said...

like Albion Fit fb Julie A Scott Laws
like this:http://www.albionfit.com/tops/full-zip-jacket-coral
thanks
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Julie said...

like u on fbs Julie A Scott Laws
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Julie said...

follow AF on pinterest 321gem
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Julie said...

warm weather
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run50states said...

I like Albion Fit on facebook!

run50states said...

Went to their website and almost imminently fell in love with their sports skirts! I especially love their RAINBOW SKIRT, WHITE/HEATHER GRAY/BLACK! Looks so comfortable to run in!

run50states said...

I also liked Morning Runner on facebook! :)

run50states said...

I went and started to follow Albion Fit on pinterest. :)

run50states said...

What I'm most looking forward to for the summer is the WARMER WEATHER!! I can't wait to get over this cold weather!

run50states said...

I love this giveaway and can't wait to hear back! This would be an amazing giveaway! Thanks for hosting!

meredith m said...

I like albion on fb, my fav is the Mantra Yoga Pant
mermont84 at yahoo.com

meredith m said...

I Like Morning Runner on facebook

meredith m said...

I Follow Albion Fit on Pinterest

meredith m said...

Im looking forward to nice weather to run outside!

Amy Lynn said...

I like Albion Fit on FB and love the 26.2 jacket! I could see myself wearing it every day!
amylynnbee22 at gmail

Amy Lynn said...

I like you on FB :) I am totally a morning runner too! Every Am I get out with my 2 dogs and run around our neighborhood!

Amy Lynn said...

I follow you on FB

Amy Lynn said...

I follow AF on pinterest
/amylynnbee22

Amy Lynn said...

This summer I am looking forward to swimming at the lake! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Lynn said...

I like Albion Fit on FB (lynn Bulk) and am in love with the ballarina suit in cotton candy!
lynnbulk83 at yahoo

Lynn said...

I like you on Facebook

Lynn said...

this summer I am looking forward to lots of yonanna treats post-running! :)

M. Louise Cunningham said...

The DOLLED UP POLKA SUIT is the most adorable swimsuit I have seen in a long time!! Too cute!!!

M. Louise Cunningham said...

I liked you on facebook! Nice facebook page!

M. Louise Cunningham said...

I liked Albion Fit on facebook~ Looks like a wonderful company!

M. Louise Cunningham said...

I follow Albion Fit on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/weezc/

M. Louise Cunningham said...

I am looking forward to my first full summer of races, including my first Half M!

Weez at dreamingfullcircle dot com

stefanie gladden said...

I'm looking forward to the warm weather!!! i love when it's hot outside!!

fb - Ann Lyfe
pinterest - stefaniegladden

dreambigrunner.com said...

I also have a pair which is a glove/mitten combo and I love them!! Today I got a pair, which is able to touch my smart phone. I haven't tested it yet, but that will be nice if it works.