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PASTAFARIAN
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1/25/14 9:14 P

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No matter the temp, I will find something to complain about :-P

As I met friends for a long run today, the wind was whipping around 15mph and the temp was in the low 20s. My glasses immediately fogged over and the wind across my eyes made me start to tear up which caused my brow to sweat which dripped into my eyes making them even more painful. I could barely see through one of them. I mentioned this to one of my running friends (as if she couldn't already tell I was almost blind by watching me run off the trail) and she said "oh, I am wearing goggles that I treated with anti-fog." Goggles? Anti-fog? How come I have to find out all this stuff the hard way?

Looking forward to running in the 80s again :-P


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12/15/13 11:04 A

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I've always said I'd rather run in 12 degrees than 80.



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MOBYCARP
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12/14/13 7:04 P

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Yes, winter running has its good points. You worry about cold, and wind, and slick surfaces. But you don't worry about drowning in your sweat, or dehydration, or sunburn, or heat stroke. And if you see another runner out on the roads with snow in the air, you can be pretty sure it's another dedicated runner and not a wannabe.


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LIBERTYWALK
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12/14/13 2:56 P

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Great tips! Thanks everyone. Winter running (so far) is much more enjoyable than I expected. I've discovered that I actually prefer to be a little cold when I run. I peeled off the layers that I originally wrote about and am now usually down to just the Sporthill 3sp with one extra layer on top, just in case. I also now park my car in the middle of my out and back course rather than at one end. That way I can ditch anything I might not need or ditch the run altogether if need be. (And I park at a gas station with a restroom...) I've been running down into the teens F and in the dark. I really enjoy the variety of environments. Even better, I tolerate the cold so much better than I ever have before. Being outside, sweating, and possibly too warm in really cold temps makes the weather seem not so bad after all. If only people would shovel their sidewalks...

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11/30/13 11:15 A

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I love the Runner's World What to Wear tool for helping me figure out what to wear when it's cold.

www.runnersworld.com/what-to-wear

You can put in all the details about the weather and type of run, and it will tell you what to wear. Very handy, and its suggestions are usually spot-on for me.


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BLUEROSE73
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11/24/13 12:10 A

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I find it's a fine line - being warm enough during warm up and cool down, and not being too hot during my workout. I have found layers work the best. I keep myself just warm enough during warm up. then I can peel layers - for me it's about the 6-10 minute mark into running that my "furnace" kicks in and I need to start taking off mitts. pulling scarves down, even opening zippers in my windproof running jacket. However, as soon as I stop running, I start putting things back on and closing zippers. The last thing I need is to have muscle spasms due to getting too cold. Around here, I'm good for running down to about -30C.

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TIMOTHYNOHE
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11/23/13 4:39 P

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One good reason for dressing in layers is the ability to strip off excess layers if you warm up too much.

In cold weather, I like to keep my runs to short courses. 3 mile loops around my town. I have enough of them that if I run them in laps or run several of them I can do up to 15 miles. If it's cold, an I strip off something I can't carry, I will drop it on a lawn and g back for it later. Or carry or wear it until I pass the house again and drop it off there.

20ºF eh? That is cold enough for me to get icicles on my beard. Maybe even my water bottle freeze.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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11/23/13 3:03 P

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Yes, it takes some experimenting. You will make some mistakes in the learning process. With luck, they will be small mistakes.

When I set out to learn to dress for cold weather running, a more experienced runner told me if I wasn't cold when I started I was overdressed. I find that to be true for temperatures below freezing, more or less true in the 30s, less true in the 40s and 50s.

Once you go through a cycle of weather and learn what is appropriate at what temperature, you'll have fewer surprises; but there will still be surprises. You may guess wrong about how much to adapt for a given level of wind, or for a slower running speed. You may find that with a changed level of conditioning, you need a different level of clothing than you did for the same weather conditions.

Still, running in the cold can be quite enjoyable. It's really nice to not be drowning in my own sweat or worrying about hydration on a 30 minute run when the temperature drops below 55.


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TRI_BABE
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11/23/13 2:58 P

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Yup. Sweat too much and you get wet, and then you get cold, especially when you stop. Just need to figure out what is right for you.



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LIBERTYWALK
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11/23/13 2:54 P

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I'm the person in the room who is always cold when everyone else is warm, so when I decided to run outside this winter, I did my research and bought all the technical clothing I would need to keep warm.

Today, it is 20F with 25 mph winds, so I thought I'd try out some of my gear. I put on my Smartwool base layer, my insulating fleece layer, and my windproof polypropylene layer...and was miserably overheated. By the time I was finished running, I felt like I was slogging along in a wet towel, and when I got in my car, the windows instantly fogged over from all the heat and humidity!

Although it gets much colder here in the winter, I don't think keeping warm is going to be a problem. But it looks like it will take some experimentation to match the clothing to the weather conditions. Live and learn...

July 4th Fun Run 5K (7/4/13): 32:12
Jaywalking 5K (8/4/13): 30:18
Dirty Girl Mud Run 5K (8/17/13): untimed
Jingle Bell 5K (11/9/13): 28:47

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. –Ralph Waldo Emerson



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