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Winter is Here

Saturday, December 22, 2012

I took up the challenge to run 30 minutes a day for 20 days during the month of December.

Today was the first day I planned to run and thought twice about it when I woke up and saw the weather. It was ugly and snowing sideways. By 1:00 p.m. things were better, but still flurries, 18 mph sustained wind, and below freezing with a real-feel temp of 13°F.

Here is what I wore for a comfortable 5K.

Base: Starter Compression shorts and sleeveless compression crew.
Layer 2: UnderArmour Cold Gear compression long sleeved crew shirt and long pants; Neoprene face-mask.
Layer 3: Starter polyester track jacket, Old Navy Active drawstring polyester pants; Polyester knit cap. Nike Polyester fleece running gloves.
Footwear: Smartwool socks and my older Mizunos.

I didn't know whether I'd be over or under dressed, but I was perfectly comfortable. The setup was warm, breathed well, and blocked the wind. The only glitch was that my glasses fogged up from my breath being diverted by the face-mask and I couldn't read my Garmin. I'm going to run in a 10K race each Saturday during January and this will be my outfit.

Judith got a picture as I was coming in from the cold.

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    13 oF is definitely cold enough for the clothing you wore!
    Congrats to your 20-day streak!
    As always jealous of the beautiful scenery around your house...

    I only covered my face once because of cold: I pulled my neck warmer over my face - and had the same problem with the glasses, and the water precipitation on the inside.
    So I fixed the cover between my mouth and nose, breathed in through mouth (and "mask"), breathed out through nose. Sounds awkward but it was working OK : )
    Luckily, I haven't run in such cold weather (9 oF) ever since...
    1915 days ago
    My big question is how do you manage running on ice and snow? I'd be terrified of slipping and falling!
    1915 days ago
    Wow that looks cold.
    1915 days ago
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    Wow. As much as I hate my treadmill, not sure I'm as brave as you to run in that!!

    Way to go!!
    1915 days ago
    That's very ambitious I must say. I wouldn't be able to move once I got all the clothes on. Reminding me of the movie the Christmas Story~when Georgie's mom dressed him to go out and he could even drop his arms to his side!
    1916 days ago
    Yeah, that sounds about right for what to wear in that weather. My goals are less ambitious and less well defined than yours, but one of them is to be able to run at least 20 minutes, 3 days a week throughout the winter. I made it to February 1 in 2012, then got injured. This time, "don't get injured" is the top priority goal.
    1916 days ago
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