Oh my goodness.... i have been complaining about the cold too, i need one of those masks!!! I am in freezing cold nova scotia, and it has been between -5 and -15 all week, it KILLS the back of my throat breathing in that icy air, i have been taking warm bottled water with me and it helps a bit.
I don't wear glasses, but now that you mention it, I can see where it might be an issue. I do have to wipe moisture (or whatever it is) off my eyelashes that accumulates from my breath coming out over the top of the mask. The mask I bought was the least expensive one so maybe there's a more expensive kind that holds the moisture in better. The one I bought was just a few dollars. I bought it through a web-site that carries all kinds of health products, but I don't remember the name of the web-site now.
Fitness Minutes: (6,120) Posts: 2,240 1/19/07 2:18 P
I've thought about something like that too, but I'm blind without my glasses and any modified home-made thing (like a scarf) that I've tried has fogged my glasses up too much. Do you wear glasses, is that an issue for you too?
I purchased a winter health mask. It fits like a surgical mask with elastic bands that go over your ears to hold it in place over your nose and mouth, but is made of a cotton material with a little insulation. It works very well for me and I can't run outside without it during the winter. The one I bought is machine washable too, which is nice. The only problem I've experienced is sometimes toward the end of my run, I don't feel like I'm getting enough oxygen, so I just slip the mask under my chin for a while, then put it back in place when I feel the burn from the cold wind.
At what intensity are you running? As the temp gets cold, your body is taking in less oxygen. If you are pushing the pace, your lungs may burn. As with any exercise, the more you use it, the stronger it'll get. Keep at it and your lungs will adjust.
Anyway, for the lung burning - what works for me is lots more water while you're out. I know it's a pain but whenever you feel your throat get dry, sip some. Other folk here breathe through a scarf - it warms the air up before it reaches your nose and mouth. Personally, this doesn't work for me but the water thing has been tested down to about -8C - however, my water tube froze during the last mile which wasn't too pleasant!
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I have a hard time running in the cold - temp changes trigger my asthma. Good thing I live in FL, so I don't deal with it too much. I guess if you start out slowly that might help... Like instead of just walking out the door and running, maybe doing a vigorous walk to warm up, just so you're not gulping cold air until your lungs get used to being in the cold a little while.
Fitness Minutes: (6,120) Posts: 2,240 1/19/07 12:04 P
I have similar problems when I first start running in the cold. I find that I need to start out much slower when it's cold, but after I've run a bit then I am fine with picking up the pace. The first year I ran it was rough the entire winter. Keep at it and try easing off the pace a bit outside it may help.
I have been running for a short while now. I have a bit of a football background, so I have made it up to 5 miles (on a treadmill) rather quickly. I am now trying to get outside and put some miles on the ground. The problem I am having is my lungs start burning in this cold weather (and I am in California) and breathing begins to hurt. Will I adjust with time or is there a trick to this I just haven't found yet? Hoping some of you folks that live in the real cold can help me out.
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