i just might freeze to death

It’s cold out there folks. Like seriously cold.

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This weather makes it really difficult to run outside. However, I told myself that I have to do at least one run a week outside. Two days left this week, both decently long runs. 8 tomorrow and 20 on Sunday. How in the world am I going to do this?

The rule of thumb is to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer outside. But how do you start when the real feel is in the single digits?

Warm up indoors

  • Run up and down the stairs for a few minutes
  • Do 100 jumping jacks
  • Jump rope (or pretend to) for a few minutes
  • Do a combination of all of the above

Will it make it less cold out? No. But it will make it hurt a lot less if you heat up your body before you go out.

Wear the appropriate clothing

Depending on when you can fit your run in, you may be able to take advantage of warmer times (aim for afternoon). If you’re unlucky and have to get your run in first thing in the morning, IT WILL BE MUCH COLDER.

For less than 20 degrees, make sure to layer up:

Bottoms: tights + wind-protecting pants
Top: tank/sports bra + long sleeve + jacket
Hands: gloves. duh. thin gloves + mittens
Feet: wool socks – I’d recommend SmartWool socks
Head: hat/ear warmer, neck scarf

Change quickly postrun

Please do not make the mistake of hanging out in your dirty clothes after a run outside. Your body never really got acclimated and you will get sick if you become lazy.

Writing this and advising you on what to do is much easier than actually following through. I will probably run to the gym tomorrow, do a few miles on the treadmill, and then run home. Sunday – I’ll probably cry the whole time. I’ll report back on Monday.

Good night folks!

How do you deal with training in the cold weather? What are some clothing items that help you get through it?

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