When Ben and I were preparing for the Gore-Tex Transrockies run, someone recommended to him that we buy hand warmers for this race. Ben immediately went to Costco and bought a huge box of hand warmers. While we did take several of them to Transrockies, we did not actually find a need for them then.
We have, however, begun to use them quite regularly and have discovered that these amazing little gems have so many uses. They are fantastic for stuffing into gloves for cold hands while running (where they keep the palms incredibly warm) or for holding (which then will also warm the fingers). They can also be strategically placed in your clothes to warm various parts of the body. The most amazing thing about them is that they last several hours, so once you have generously warmed one area of your body on a run, you can move onto another part. They also last long enough that they are still good when you return from shorter long runs. Considering how ridiculously cold I get after these runs, hand warmers are amazing!
To be quite honest, I would never have considered buying hand warmers prior to this individual’s suggestion. I can promise you though, we will continue to have a stash and I will recommend them to all who stay active during the really cold months of the year!