Cold Weather Running

31 Dec

I love it–most of the time.  And I am sure many of you runners out there do also.  The key, for me at least, was finding the right clothing.  Once I had clothing that, although not so attractive, kept my body heat in and the sweat off of me I was able to truly enjoy cold weather running.  I definitely have days when I look outside into the freezing cold and I have to convince myself that I gotta do it.  Often this includes talking aloud to myself, “it’s no big deal, it’s just 30something degrees…there are people who run marathons in colder weather”.  I usually put the running gear on before I am even committed to going for the run.  Then once the gear is on, I figure I may as well warm up. Then, before I know it I am running. Often (not always), once I am running I feel great.

I am visiting family in Canada and my winter running experience here is a quite different from what I am accustomed to–different weather conditions, unfamiliar route, no music because I forgot my iPod, etc– so it has been hard for me to get into the runs in the beginning but after about a mile, I have been able to get into the rhythm of it.

Overall, my cold weather runs this winter have been pretty successful.  I know that not all of them will be that way, but for now, I say don’t let the cold weather deter you from your outdoor runs or workouts.  Just put your gear on and go for it.

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2 Responses to “Cold Weather Running”

  1. MW 01/05/2012 at 8:47 am #

    As i live in the American Tundra, I’d like to get in to winter running. Can you advise specifically on wardrobe? My oldschool jogging suit becomes sodden with sweat, and i freeze. What fibers? A scarf? Seriously! THANKS!

    • Shana 01/05/2012 at 8:15 pm #

      MW-The tundra is brutal indeed! Especially when you are chasing su pingüinito. Anyhow, unless your Gary Coleman or Mr. Drummond
      (refer to: http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3380445696/tt0077003 ) I would suggest you get out of that old school jogging suit and get a wicking base layer such as DryFit or CoolMax. Best of luck in your winter runs, MW!

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