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Gulp.

My hands tremble whenever I shell out over $300 at a time.  Today I swiped out $605.00 to our local sports shop.  If it wasn’t for the fantastic service by Acki, I don’t know that I could have done it.

No more cotton t-shirt, wool cardigan, Roots hoodie and feather vest for this winter runner hopeful!  Now that I know I’ll be in Yellowknife a couple more years+, I took an icy breath and bought the following to handle running in the coming -30C.

  • Merino wool sports bra
  • Base Layer (merino wool)
  • Jacket (fleece lined windbreaker)
  • Thermal running tights
  • Salomon runners (gortex)

There are two problems though.

1. The jacket doesn’t have an inside pocket.  This means my iPhone (indispensable) will be in an outer pocket which will kill the battery in our -20C not to mention is more vulnerable if I fall.   Any suggestions for me on this?

2. The shoes, alas, I think must be returned.  The heel fits just a bit loosely and they slip up and down ever so slightly.  It’s ok for a brief bit but 30 minutes would turn into a real problem, I’m sure.  Or, when it’s cold, will I welcome the looseness for extra socks?

Photo Credit:  Teo

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Imagine if Canadians were known for being all over their money. Engaged. Proactive. Getting out of debt. Savvy. Saving. Generous. Nancy wants to help. Nancy started her own journey with money over 15 years ago, and formed her company “Your Money by Design” in 2004 to help others along the same path. It’s not the usual financial advising/investment stuff. It’s about taking control of day-to-day finances –managing monthly cashflow effectively, spending appropriately, getting out of debt, saving. If you're ready to take control over your finances, pop by her business site, YourMoneybyDesign.com

12 Comments

  1. Nat

    Tuck your iPod into your bra strap next to your chest! Should work like a charm!!! Are you nervous of running on snow/ice?! But WTG! I’m inspired!

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    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    Tx Nat – yep, I’m a bit nervous but mostly I find it exhilarating. The shoes I bought (and have to return) are apparently great for grip. I’ll have to dig out my yaktrax though, I’m thinking.

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    Nov 05, 2011
  2. Put your phone in your sports bra.

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    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    brrrr — but it just might work (although disaster could ensue if I fell)

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    Nov 05, 2011
  3. Caroline

    Good job Nancy! Buy an inexpensive running belt you can put underneath your jacket to keep your iPhone in or shell out 70 bucks for an Otterbox (Roy’s) with or without a belt clip. It will protect it if you fall. Seriously indestructible! If you buy the one with a belt clip then you can avoid the running belt and just clip Otto your pants. Voila problems solved…warm, indestructible, happy iPhone. As for the shoes…save room and buy a good pair of wool socks. You will need them to keep your feet warm and blister free!

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    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    Caroline – knew you’d have ideas for me! I actually have a running belt somewhere so I’ll try it for a bit, then head over to Roy’s if it doesn’t feel good. This afternoon I’ll put in some extra socks and walk around the house to see how it feels. I’m very excited … and looking forward to catching up to you!

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    Caroline Reply:

    Hey nancy!

    Yes we should get together for a coffee – maybe Javaroma one of these nights? I’ll bring my NYC pics:)

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    Nov 06, 2011
  4. ET

    Sew a pouch, don’t buy more stuff

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    Nov 06, 2011
  5. Jesse

    Before you return the shoes, try lace locking. There are lots of strategies including one for heel slippage. Look at the example at the bottom of the page here: http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/shoes/how-to-lace-your-shoe/482.html

    Helpful since not many of us have custom made shoes, as back in the day of cobblers.

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    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    Jesse that totally helped! I’ve started using the shoes and they work just fine! Thanks — it’s a big relief since they were the best option (eg. gortex for the snow)

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    Nov 08, 2011
  6. blairsie

    For winter running, cover the toe section of your shoes with duct tape to block out the wind and keep in some warmth. Remember to make a little tab or you’ll never get the tape off in the spring. Check the big rigs – they do it for their truck radiators. 🙂

    Great for you, just do it, Nancy!

    Jane

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    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    well now that’s a tip I hadn’t thought of! Thanks, Jane.

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    Nov 15, 2011

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