baby it’s cold outside

Before I went to bed last night, I looked at the weather for this morning. 10 degrees? No thank you. So I decided to do my six-mile run indoors.

The treadmill can be boring, but sometimes it’s necessary. For those looking to spice up a long run, here is a 60-minute run I found a few months ago that I’ve modified over the months. Use it as a base and once you get the hang of it, make your sprints faster! The routine really makes the time fly.

Start Stop Time Pace Pace Distance
0 5 5 5.7 10.32 0.48
5 8 3 6 10.00 0.30
8 9 1 7 8.34 0.12
9 12 3 6 10.00 0.30
12 13 1 7.5 8.00 0.13
13 16 3 6 10.00 0.30
16 17 1 7 8.34 0.12
17 20 3 6 10.00 0.30
20 21 1 7.5 8.00 0.13
21 24 3 6 10.00 0.30
24 25 1 7 8.34 0.12
25 28 3 6 10.00 0.30
28 29 1 7.5 8.00 0.13
29 32 3 6 10.00 0.30
32 33 1 7 8.34 0.12
33 36 3 6 10.00 0.30
36 37 1 7.5 8.00 0.13
37 40 3 6 10.00 0.30
40 41 1 7 8.34 0.12
41 44 3 6 10.00 0.30
44 45 1 7.5 8.00 0.13
45 48 3 6 10.00 0.30
48 49 1 7 8.34 0.12
49 52 3 6 10.00 0.30
52 60 8 5.5 10.55 0.73
9.31 6.13 miles

For those brave enough, I found this clothing guide on Runners World, and I think it’s definitely something you should keep! When I have all my winter gear figured out, I’ll let you know what I use for each temp rage :)

30 degrees: 2 tops, 1 bottom. Long-sleeve base layer and a vest keep your core warm. Tights (or shorts, for polar bears).
10 to 20 degrees: 2 tops, 2 bottoms. A jacket over your base layer, and wind pants over the tights.
0 to 10 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms. Two tops (fleece for the cold-prone) and a jacket. Windbrief for the fellas.
Minus 10 to 0 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms, extra pair of mittens, 1 scarf wrapped around mouth or a balaclava.
Minus 20 degrees: 3 tops, 3 bottoms, 2 extra pairs of mittens, 1 balaclava, sunglasses. Or, says Arribas, “Stay inside.”

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5 responses to “baby it’s cold outside

  1. I love the last one…”or…stay inside.” I can’t even imagine running in 3 bottoms and 2 pairs of mittens!

    Luckily it doesn’t get that cold in Albuquerque too often, because I hate running on the treadmill, especially on recovery runs when I’m trying to keep an even, easy pace. (I agree that sprint intervals do help pass the time though!).

    • I know, how does one even move at that point? I’m sure Albuquerque would have some great running weather. Does it ever get too hot? Not sure which is worse.

  2. It does indeed get too hot during the summer (low 100’s), but it can get down to about 10 degrees during the winter. For the most part though, really good running weather. It also never rains, so that is kind of helpful for running at least.

  3. Running in the cold kind of grows you. Where I live, I couldn’t run outside through most of the winter if I wasn’t willing to face some pretty frigid temperatures. We just turn it into a badge of honour when we go to work … “Oh, yeah … well I went for a RUN this morning in that!” It’s chilly to start, but as long as you dress for it, the bragging rights are worth it. Cheers :)

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