For me it seems that strong winds and the attendant windchill can be a showstopper. I've never had much trouble running in 0-5 degrees F so long as the winds are under 10 mph. But once wind enters the picture, it significantly reduces my endurance.
Wind's effect in cold weather reminds me of hot weather and humidity. Humidity in this context is analogous to wind in that hot weather--by itself--is typically no problem for my jogs. However, adding humidity to hot weather bogs me down, just as adding wind to cold weather. Granted, the feelings are completely different, but the bottom line is that my endurance is sapped more easily.
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What do you all wear on your feet in the cold and snow? I just started running this year, and my running shoes (Saucony ProGrid Guide) and thin socks just aren't going to cut it when the temps drop. I live in the Chicago area, and do mostly trail running
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Thanks for all the tips! I was out shopping this weekend and picked up some running pants/tights at Ross (Like TJ Max). It is supposed to snow here on Wed. So I will get a chance to try them out this week.
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The coldest I have run in is 5F. I know people run when it is much colder and I know people go cross country skiing in similar conditions all the time. I didn't have any problems with burning my lungs then. Hope I can find out this winter if that is a problem at lower temperatures. Have fun.
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Pretty much agree. Layering is a must! I use a balaclava. www.2giftshop.com/images/ski/balacla va /WBC114NFM.jpg I have run outside in some pretty cold conditions. I live in Massachusetts. There is a chart on this page with some wind chill recommendations. Tells you when frostbite is a concern.
I'm not a huge runner, but I do prefer to do my running outside. I usually just layer up. It might be my running pants with wind pants over. I layer the upper body so I can unzip, open up, whatever I need to do. As for breathing the icy wind, I use a neck gaiter.
In the past I have always taken my running in to the treadmill for the winter. But I would like to keep going outside.... at least for a little while. So I have a couple questions. Where can I get inexpensive running tights or pants? How do you avoid that burning in your lungs from the cold air as you breathe in? And at what temperature or wind chill is it just too cold and you should take it inside for safety sake?
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