gaiters are great but depending on the weather you want the one that goes over your face not your head. i use the full hood below about 10-15 or if really windy, just the one across face if above that to about 25 at most. i would suggest avoiding cotton as a base layer it holds moisture and makes you cold / wet.
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Bobby D - Ellwood City, PA
"If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise." ~P.Z. Pearce
"A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts." -Pre
I do it because i can, I can because I want to, I want to because you said I couldn't.
It's really easy to over-bundle with gear, and usually I get so hot that I'm miserable for most of the run. Usually, I do long underwear under my regular running gear, long socks, and then the usual jacket, hat, and gloves. I have asthma, so I bought a gaiter for my face (cold air aggravates asthma) and used it for a (6 mile) long run. By the time I finished the run, I was pouring with sweat, which froze my hair!
Now, I only use it for short runs and just deal with it for long runs. Another good tip would be to plan your route around what roads and sidewalks are de-iced. In the city, you can construct a little maze of ideal sidewalks, but don't count on a district having good sidewalks unless you see them. I learned that lesson today--5 miles out, I reached a well-to-do neighborhood I'd assumed would've salted their sidewalks, only to learn that between me and home was at least a mile of uneven ice!
Another tip, if its snowy or icy, wear yak trax or something on your shoes so you don't slip and fall. Doing a split while running hurts! They do affect your stride so you will run slower and it might feel funny but it is certainly safer.
It's hard to begin running in cold weather, and much easier if you ease into it from fall on. However, try slowing down, as that will help. Alternate nose breathing with mouth breathing. And I definitely agree with the layering - I use several head bands in different places over my face. Last year, I bought a good quality balaclava, and that helped, but like Doris says, it gets wet for the steam out of your mouth.
When its bitter cold or windy and cold, I wear a very loose fitting scarf over my mouth and nose to pre-heat the air I breathe in. Helps but the scarf gets wet from the moisture in my breath so I turn it often. Layers, layers and more layers are good so that you take them off when necessary. I have found that running tights, while interesting to wear, are just not quite right. Instead, I wear footless tights under my running pants, and of course, knee socks:)
I haven't run in cold weather since high school, and truth be told, I had totally forgotten just how much it sucks! So, any tips on how to make running in cold weather just a little less miserable? (And any breathing techniques for cold weather that won't make your lungs feel like exploding??)
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