One other small piece to the puzzle. I am in MI and when it is slushy/wet we will wear our trail shoes. They are running shoes geared more for trails with better traction. More important is that the weave of the material is tighter and more weather resistant. Hence warmer and drier, =)
They are not as expensive as our regular shoes either so I don't feel too bad having them for 1 season per year. Got mine at JC Penney for $45.
On the breathing part I am a mouth breather and only cover up when it is below zero with a scarf lightly wrapped that I can duck my face into easily or lift my chin and get some fresh air. Downside is that they will freeze solid and sometimes to you.
Don't set your limits until you have tested them...
Upcoming 2010 Races:
--2/14 Birmingham, AL Mercedes Benz full
--4/11 Martian Marathon
--4/25 Road Ends Trail 1/2
--5/1 Kenosha, WI Cheesehead Marthon
-6/5 Sunburst Hall of Fame to Notre Dame marathon, IN
-Rest...then figure out more
-10/10 Towpath Marathon
-12/5 Dallas Whiterock Marathon
-12/13 Run like the Dickens 10k
-12/31 New Years Resolution 8k-try for a 4peat
States completed: MI,
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