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CANADA-DISCO19 Posts: 168
11/27/12 9:19 P

Thanks for all the tips everyone!

I don't run in the dark, at least not yet LOL I work random hours, 4 days a week, so I usually can find time during the day.

Today when I ran, I wrapped my iPhone in plastic wrap and then put it in my outside jacket pocket and it was fine outside for almost an hour.

Also, I bought a face mask thingy and found that it really helped keep me warmer. It was hard to have it pulled up around my nose and mouth as I kept sucking in the fabric and fogging up my glasses. But it did really help my neck and head be warmer and prevent more body heat from escaping.


11/27/12 4:33 P

No it was in black and white for the same LOL

BLANCHENOIRE SparkPoints: (1,647)
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11/27/12 3:48 P

No problem - it's public for a reason, and all observations are welcome :)

I know my weight is not that important really, in particular since I am a healthy weight anyway... I suppose it is because when I weight 55kg my times were much faster, but that will come as it is as much to do with training as anything else... not sure why I fixate on it sometimes really!

I don't tend to track my strength training, but I do have free weights at home and use them 2-3 times per week along with body weight exercises. I was scheduled to do a weights session today actually but have had a migraine and not feeling up to it so it'll have to wait until tomorrow.

EDIT: just realised that I assumed you were talking to me there because your comments are applicable - maybe it was for the op? sorry to all I have hijacked, it was unintentional!

Edited by: BLANCHENOIRE at: 11/27/2012 (15:50)
11/27/12 10:33 A

Took the liberty of running your profile and noted you were a bit distressed at not achieving your goal weight. Two minor admonitions, your weight measurement is nothing but an indication the force of gravity at that time it does not reflect anything about body composition. My second point is more of a question than an admonition, what if any strength training are you doing to balance your cardio? Strength training, according to the research has a bigger role in fat loss than does cardio, second only to nutrition.

An aside note, the posited ideal temperature for running is 55F or 12.8C

Just my thoughts.

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11/27/12 5:07 A

Sarge, so funny to see the differences - I run way faster in winter because our winters are so mild - it rarely gets to freezing - and way slower in the summer because of the ridiculous temperatures (talking 30°C plus at night sometimes). I do miss the snow a bit though...

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11/26/12 10:07 P

Great tips! I'm gonna ask for yak traxs in my stocking this year... And a fleece headband.

11/26/12 4:50 P

Look at the way cross country skiers dress and mimic them for your foundation, add layers as the temperatures drop so you can shed some when you get over warm. I use socks as mittens so I can wipe my runny nose then trow them in the wash with my other sweaty gear. Headlamps in the dark but I also use the clip on flashing lights I use when cycling since the flashing attracts the eye better than something which is only reflective. You can find jackets which have reflective stripes on the at sporting goods stores and Walmart. For shoes I get those with knobby soles which have worked fine over the years. Living in Minnesota one adapts. I cannot comment on HRMs since I see them as unnecessary, I use RPE and premeasure my course distances.

Point to remember you will run slower in the winter so do not worry about your speed, just cover the distance.

Edited by: SERGEANTMAJOR at: 11/26/2012 (23:43)
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11/26/12 4:00 P

I haven't bothered with anything on my shoes yet, but the paths I run on in Calgary are usually pretty clear. If I do find an icy patch, I find it helps to hop off and run in the snow where there's a little more grip. We'll see how things go this year, since winter is supposed to hit harder than last year.

As for electronic devices, I didn't have a problem with my polar HRM last year going down to about -30 (and -45 windchill on one memorable night). I wasn't checking my display during the run, though, since my watch was buried under a few layers of clothing. My iPhone handled most of those runs all right from an inner pocket on my torso, but died when I stupidly took it out to take a picture of the nifty ice crystals on my lashes :-)

For other winter running advice, I definitely second the headlamp, bright colours and reflectors, even if you're not on the road. Also, layers. I don't have any hard core winter gear, but I almost prefer having the flexibility to change things out as I warm up. For really cold runs, I do double socks, tights, long sleeved shirt, windproof jacket with another soft jacket underneath, thin gloves (after trying tons of tech gloves, I find the little $1.99 supermarket knit gloves work best for me), big mitts, neck warmer (I usually adjust during the run, so it's not covering my face the entire time), fleecy headband and toque. I have some little gel heating packs I'm going to try this year, too. Really, though, it's not until it hits -20 that I start throwing on the extras beyond the tights, shirt, jacket, headband and gloves. One other great tip I learned for a windy climate is to pick up a little stick of bodyglide and use it on any exposed skin on your face to prevent windburn.

Good luck with the winter running! It seems kind of crazy at first, but it's still more fun than the treadmill. Plus you get to make people in their cars feel really guilty emoticon

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
11/26/12 3:15 P

I have mild asthma but one of the triggers is cold air. I tried a face mask, but feel like I'm suffocating in it. It was only in the 30s yesterday and it still bothered me. I prefer to exercise outdoors, but breathing is rather important as well. :P Hope you find a safe solution. That's too hard core for me. Good luck.

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11/26/12 11:32 A

Living in Montana, we too get wicked winter roads....and I used to think exercising outside was great, even in the winter. Until I herniated a disk in my back requiring major surgery 6 weeks ago.....

Now it's not worth it to me. I will exercise INSIDE, safely on my treadmill, thanks very much. BE SOOOOO CAREFUL on that ice--one slip & you could have permanent disabilities, as I now do. And at only 38 years old, that's not easy to live with.

Happy Trails!

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11/26/12 10:39 A

I agree with the last poster. BE SEEN

I wear a reflective vest (construction worker vest) a white hat so I have something white way up high and a head and tail light on my head. I also run facing traffic and if cars do not move away from the shoulder a couple of 100 meters down the road, then I do not believe they have seen me inspite of the vest and lamps.

I am surprised how often I pass runners dressed in black with minimal reflectors.

Good running and be very careful out there.


Edited by: PAPAMIKIE at: 11/26/2012 (10:39)
MLAN613 Posts: 18,446
11/26/12 8:07 A

I also use a Garmin Forerunner and have never had issues with it in any weather conditions. Best $200 spent!

I also encourage the use of a headlamp and reflective gear, especially if you are running in the morning or evening. And, please don't wear all black clothing at night! It makes you really hard to see.

Headlamp examples:

Reflective Gear Examples:

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11/26/12 7:06 A

I have yak traks but have not used them all that much, they worked great when needed, I find that roads in Ottawa are clear fairly early. I think the Hex head screws in my last pair of shoes is a good option. I use a garmin have never had an issue with it stopping due to cold, however you can keep it under the sleve of your jacket of cuff of your mits.

I run in Ottawa Ontarion Canada and have run down to -26C. Cold is not an issue to stop me, but Ice might.

Good running and be careful out there.


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11/25/12 10:42 P

I stopped using my yaktrax 2 years ago. They would also give me blisters every time I tried to run more than 18K in them.

My garmin has never had issues in the cold.

CANADA-DISCO19 Posts: 168
11/25/12 10:06 P

I recently took up running this summer and I enjoy it a lot, but the Canadian winter has hit hard. Which means it's cold, snowy, and icy. I bought some YakTrax to put on my shoes for more traction; they work great, but after three runs on partial snow and partial pavement, the pavement has worn them down a lot. Is there a better brand? Also, are the Polar wrist watch type GPSs cold/weather proof? I use the Nike GPS on my iphone which is great, but after about 15 minutes in the cold it shuts off. Thanks :)

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