I live in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada and it gets super cold here. I run all year round I ran a half marathon called the hypothermic half it was -40 degrees Celsius. I wear a running room jacket with a dry-fit layer spandex outfit and then a sweat suit and I stay warm.I love running in the winter and it helps me train all year round
I bundle up, wear two pairs of pants, two pairs of socks and a thermal long sleeve shirt, plus another shirt over that and then a running jacket. And a hat and gloves, and I put Yak Trak Pro on my running shoes to prevent slipping. So far the coldest I've run in is 10 degree weather, but with the wind chill it was 5 degrees. I may want to get a face mask, too.
I live in the Chicagoland area.
I look forward to what advice others give, too.
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I live in a climate very similar to yours - in fact, I believe I'm a little farther north than you on the southern shore of Lake Superior (the capital of "lake effect snow"). What do I do? I head south for the winter! Honestly, that is what I do so I don't have a great answer for you. But I will say that I have begun running outside some this winter for the first time and actually liked it better than I thought I would. It definitely does slow you down and increases the degree of difficulty. My step-daughter and daughter-in-law both run outside a lot. They both say it is invigorating, but you just have to have a different mindset when running in this type of weather. First and foremost is self-preservation/safety. It sounds like you have a handle on this, just don't push beyond what is reasonable in these conditions. Secondly, and most encouraging, is that they say "wait until spring/summer, it will be so easy." Hope this helps some. I don't have a lot of personal experience since this is the first year I've tried running outside in winter, but am being a huge chicken since I broke my ankle in the fall during a trail race. You may want to check out KKINNEA's page. She lives near Minneapolis and runs outside a lot.
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Does anybody else live in a cold/winter place?? I live near Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and the temperatures are anywhere between -15 and 5F these days. We have snow and ice on the ground and it's always quite windy... I am determined to run outside through the winter, but boy, is it ever difficult!!! In fact I am finding it more and more difficult each day! I dress well but still, breathing heavy in the cold and running on ice/snow really makes the whole deal that much more challenging! I wear grip-ons under my running shoes so I can stay vertical. I think I have all the proper gear but still, I find it super hard. I need a few words of encouragement!! Anybody else run in these conditions? I keep telling myself that it will make me a stronger runner when the spring comes back... I sure hope so!!!
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