Baby, it’s cold outside! Welcome to November (HOW did it get here already? Ready for gobble, gobble!) and colder temps my friends. Unless you’re one of the lucky ones living where it’s warm all year. I do NOT like the cold. I’m a total wimp when it comes to the cold. Oh, I’ll run outside in it but I’ll have about 26 layers of clothing on!
- Cover all extremities. Think gloves, hat or ear muffs, warm long socks to cover the ankles.
- Layers! You may warm up quickly, so have a base layer, shirt, light jacket or coat. I really like running in Under Armour’s Cold Gear. I’ve never regretted a purchase. If you can invest in a piece or two I highly recommend you do!
30 degrees: 2 tops, 1 bottom. Long-sleeve base layer and a vest keep your core warm. Tights (or shorts, for polar bears).
10 to 20 degrees: 2 tops, 2 bottoms. A jacket over your base layer, and wind pants over the tights.
0 to 10 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms. Two tops (fleece for the cold-prone) and a jacket. Windbrief for the fellas.
Minus 10 to 0 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms, extra pair of mittens, 1 scarf wrapped around mouth or a balaclava.
Minus 20 degrees: 3 tops, 3 bottoms, 2 extra pairs of mittens, 1 balaclava, sunglasses. Or, says Arribas, “Stay inside.” – Source Runner’s World
- Try running loops in your neighborhood if it gets too cold so you have a way out…or in rather.
- Wear something to cover your nose/mouth that’s breathable. I used my BoniBand headband but it wasn’t too breathable. Try checking out a product specifically designed for breathing well in the cold. It worked in a pinch but I’m in the market for something better. Any ideas or products you like? Breathing in cold air may feel like it hurts your lungs, but you will not get frostbite in your lungs. Really. If you don’ believe me you can read Runner’s World answer here.
- Have a tissue in your pocket for a snotty nose. Or just use your gloves, like me. I’m a classy girl like that. Cold weather running has a way of draining the old sniffer.
Don’t forget the sunblock, Chapstick, and sunglasses! Cold weather can wreck havoc on your skin.
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Are you a cold weather runner or do you head for the ‘mill? How cold is too cold before you say no way to running outdoors? Any additional cold weather running tips you’d like to share?
Blessed and Beautiful Running.