Running in Cold Weather

  • swall1963

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    Dec 09, 2013 2:00 AM GMT
    I live in Minnesota and running in cold weather isn't a big issue, but what do any of you do for icy/slick conditions?

    For some reason I cannot run on a treadmill.
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    Dec 09, 2013 6:25 AM GMT
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    Dec 09, 2013 6:32 AM GMT
    nordic skiing
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    Dec 09, 2013 1:24 PM GMT
    I think about 10 degrees is perfect running weather. I don't like to get too hot while running. However, when it really cold that just reminds me of enforced cross country running at school!
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    Dec 09, 2013 2:22 PM GMT
    Hell no!

    Cold weather running sucks. It's dangerous, even with ice cleats, and it's too easy to become hypothermic due to sweat.

    It was -30 C here this Friday (about -22F). Nobody should be out running in that. If they are, they're clearly insane.
  • DanOmatic

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    Dec 09, 2013 6:34 PM GMT
    The Norwegians have a saying along the lines of "there is no such thing as bad weather, just poor clothing." I agree--I've run in temps down to about 5(F)and gone cycling in temps down to about 15, and pretty much have it down as far as what clothes/layers work best for me in the conditions at hand. Good gear is expensive, but well worth it.

    If it's icy on the roads, find some trails! Usually the single tracks have rocks, leaves and roots that provide traction, and the ice doesn't stick to the dirt like it does to asphalt.

    Fortunately, where I live now, it's a rare day that does below 30, so I don't have to worry about it so much.

  • run26

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    Dec 09, 2013 8:28 PM GMT
    DanOmatic saidThe Norwegians have a saying along the lines of "there is no such thing as bad weather, just poor clothing." I agree--I've run in temps down to about 5(F)and gone cycling in temps down to about 15, and pretty much have it down as far as what clothes/layers work best for me in the conditions at hand. Good gear is expensive, but well worth it.

    If it's icy on the roads, find some trails! Usually the single tracks have rocks, leaves and roots that provide traction, and the ice doesn't stick to the dirt like it does to asphalt.

    Fortunately, where I live now, it's a rare day that does below 30, so I don't have to worry about it so much.



    I'm with Dan and the Norwegian's...
    it's always about what you wear (and same for summer hot weather running)
    pdq
  • Lincsbear

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    Dec 09, 2013 10:48 PM GMT
    I find off road ruck-marching a good alternative to running in winter.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 09, 2013 10:59 PM GMT
    SeismicMuscle saidHell no!

    Cold weather running sucks. It's dangerous, even with ice cleats, and it's too easy to become hypothermic due to sweat.

    It was -30 C here this Friday (about -22F). Nobody should be out running in that. If they are, they're clearly insane.
    You are way up north in Edmonton, Canada so the bitter cold up there is most definitely hard on runners. But running in cold weather is a lot better and healthier than running in hot, humid weather. I find it easier to run in the cold providing it is not sub zero cold with windy conditions. An added incentive to cold weather running is all the sexy, athletic guys in spandex running tights. I feel that it is more dangerous to run in hot, humid weather than in cold weather. Dehydration is a constant danger in hot weather running especially when the sun is out.
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    Jan 02, 2014 10:56 PM GMT
    SeismicMuscle saidHell no!

    Cold weather running sucks. It's dangerous, even with ice cleats, and it's too easy to become hypothermic due to sweat.

    It was -30 C here this Friday (about -22F). Nobody should be out running in that. If they are, they're clearly insane.


    It was -18 here yesterday with the windchill and I ran in a 5k race yesterday. As long as you dress properly it wasn't that bad.
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    Jan 03, 2014 8:50 PM GMT
    swall1963 saidI live in Minnesota and running in cold weather isn't a big issue, but what do any of you do for icy/slick conditions?

    For some reason I cannot run on a treadmill.


    What about an indoor track?
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    Jan 06, 2014 3:45 PM GMT
    I won't run outside when it gets below 10 degree F.
    I also hate running on treadmills for long distances, but if it's that cold I use the time to work on sprints indoors on the treadmill. The constant changing of pace make it's a little more bearable.