Running in the Cold

  • escapade_2014

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    Mar 28, 2011 11:26 PM GMT
    Hi everyone, I want to know what you guys do when you run in the cold? I want to try and optimize my workout, even in the winter months. What are some things you should wear, should i run differently, and how much time is good for getting a workout in this weather? I have a hard time when the wind is too cold.
  • Ironman4U

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    Mar 29, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
    I ran 22 miles yesterday (part of the time it was snowing). I was cold (my hands) but otherwise ok. I've trained for marathons and ironmans over the winter months, so it's just a matter of dressing appropriately and getting used to running in the cold.

    For running, you should dress like it's 20 degrees warmer (because your body will heat up as you get going) than it is. I like to dress in several layers (just experiment for what works for you since everyone's body has different sensitivities to the cold. And wear running clothes that wick away the sweat which means NO COTTON) Your outer layer should be a vest or a light weight windbreaker (if windy). Make sure you have a hat or headband for your ears and good running gloves.
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    Mar 29, 2011 2:30 AM GMT
    I'd say wear all the layers you want, but only if you're willing the haul them along with you once they come off.

    I tend to get reaaaally warm when I run, so even if it's below freezing, I'll still run in shorts and - at most - a long-sleeved shirt. Granted, it takes a mile or two to get warmed-up, but it's worth being free of that sticky, heavy feeling of sweating through too much clothing.

    As for headgear, I'll usually don a hat with earflaps. Apparently a good deal of heat from your body escapes through your head, so it's important to keep that part covered-up. But my ears stick out so much that schmooshing them for too long makes them ache, so I roll up the ear flaps (usually mid-way through a run) and let my satellite dishes enjoy the chilly breeze icon_smile.gif.

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    Mar 29, 2011 3:12 AM GMT
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  • MidwesternKid

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    Mar 29, 2011 4:14 AM GMT
    Ive tried and tried to run with some of these crazies in Chicago. Unless there is no wind I cant run. Otherwise its too much for me. Bundle up! thermal under armor is great. Dont wear anything too heavy. Have it be form fitting and light as possible.
  • ohioguy12

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    Mar 29, 2011 4:26 AM GMT
    Under Armour has a lot of good stuff that will keep you relatively warm, but not too hot where you're aching to take them off.
  • tazzari

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    Mar 29, 2011 10:07 PM GMT
    Ironman gives good advice, to which I'd add: don't run in shorts: the body then pumps blood into the skin to keep it warm, diverting blood from the working muscles. Lycra tights will make a big difference. Wear a hat: don't pump blood to the head just to keep the brain warm.

    When you are done, take a hot shower and change. Don't hang around wet, and get cold.


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    Mar 30, 2011 12:15 AM GMT
    escapade_2014 saidHi everyone, I want to know what you guys do when you run in the cold? I want to try and optimize my workout, even in the winter months. What are some things you should wear, should i run differently, and how much time is good for getting a workout in this weather? I have a hard time when the wind is too cold.


    that's why i run on a treadmill at the gym--just too damn cold to run outside.
  • nicelyproport...

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    Mar 30, 2011 8:08 PM GMT
    I used to dread running in the cold until I discovered Under Armour. The ensemble below keeps me warm in even the coldest weather. My nephews have taken to calling me Aquaman:

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    Mar 30, 2011 8:33 PM GMT
    Ironman does have a lot of good ideas.

    I wear everything Nike...hence my screen name. I have gotten quite a few products from the nikerunning.com website as well as nike.com. A base layer is recommended and a vest if it is really cold. I can't emphasis running tights when it is below 40 degrees F. A running skullcap and gloves help as well. If it is above 40 degrees F, I'm fine in a long sleeve top and shorts...maybe with a skullcap as well.

    Running in winter is really the best time to train and up your mileage. You will get used to it once you get out there and do it. Good luck!
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    Apr 01, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
    i actually often prefer running in cold weather than in very hot.
    IT's easier to generate heat than to get rid of it after all.
    i draw the line at -20C though. Did it a few times at -24, -25 but my eyelids get stuck in ice , my knees burn and it's not fun. , so fuck that.

    i use mostly Craft gear , and cw-x compression tights ( stiff support panels following the muscle patterns ).


  • phospherus

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    Apr 01, 2011 1:26 PM GMT
    i don't run in a cold weather for it can hurt you except that you really keep you warm with clothes.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 03, 2011 8:05 PM GMT
    If I run in cold weather, I usually wear under armour coldgear running tights along with a long sleeve t, a hooded sweatshirt and a windbreaker jacket.
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    Apr 03, 2011 8:25 PM GMT
    Smartwool products are amazing. Lightweight and keep moisture away from your body but keep you warm. I wear cw-x tights as well, a windbreaker style jacket with hat and gloves/mittens. Few layers but keeps me warm in the coldest weather. I also have under armour shirts which work great.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jun 30, 2011 1:19 PM GMT
    Hi there,
    I do prefer running in the cooler/colder conditions as I generate a lot of body heat(and the winters aren`t that cold here!) and warming up is easier than cooling down for me.Though I don`t run on hard packed snow/ice,very windy/frosty/rainy conditions any more having had a couple of bad falls.
    For your run I`d recommend a good ten minute warm up,maybe fifteen to get you going,wear several light layers of clothing that will still let the sweat out(strip as you need);maybe a hat as you lose so much heat through there.If you drink en route try something warm, even.The general rule is to cover yourself to keep warm and then remove as needed.It`s best to be too hot and have to take stuff off than be cold and risk injury.
    All the best.
    John.