Braving the Cold

This morning I woke up to a fresh dusting of snow. Winter is officially here, folks.

To those of us who run in cold-weather climates, this is nothing new, just something inevitable. Looking at the long range forecast, it looks like we’ve turned the corner and now consider runs where it is in the 30s as “Warm.” Yuck.

However, despite this weather, a lot of us still get outside and run. First of all, why? I know I like to get my training in outside regardless of weather. If you wait for conditions to be perfect, you’ll never run. Plus, you never know what kind of weather you might get on race day.

I also just don’t like the treadmill. At all.

Ok, so how do we do it? In a word: layers.

It isn’t a stretch to say that half of my running gear is for cold weather. Long sleeve shirts, Under Armour, tights, jackets, gloves and mittens, and lots and lots of hats. Even the occasional sweatshirt and sweatpant.

Depending on the air temperature and wind, it’s easy to mix and match these. Honestly, a long sleeve or Under Armour shirt, jacket, and tights is more than enough. Of course, hat and gloves as well.

Once you start getting into the single digits or below, that’s when we winter runners begin looking like the Pillsbury Dough-Boy. When it gets REALLY cold, it becomes two layers on the legs, three on the upper body, and at least two on the hands (this coming from the guy who wears light gloves in the 40s). A lot of times I’ll add a buff for some face protection as well.

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Yeah. That was a cold one.

Then there are runs like that one. Layers, layers, layers. But you better believe I’ll be that idiot outside even in that weather.

How do you cope with Winter running?

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