(Closed) Running in the cold

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Layers, layers, layers!

I usually run until it’s less than 20 degrees out. I don’t mind running in snow, but I’m terrified of ice, so if it’s sleeting/freezing rain, I stay inside.

Here’s what I wear:

Under 45 degrees: leggings/tights, long-sleeved tech shirt

Under 40 degrees: add gloves (I have sweet Nike bicycling gloves that have a windbreaker-type mitten that I can pull on or tuck in)

Under 30: add t-shirt or another long-sleeved shirt underneath regular shirt

Under 25 (or if it’s snowing/raining): add cold-weather headband and running jacket, and possibly wool socks

Under 20: Add a second pair of gloves, and maybe a second pair of pants

Under 15: Give up and run on the treadmill!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I trained for a marathon last winter… it sucks but it’s totally doable.  I agree with the layers!  PP has some great suggestions ๐Ÿ™‚  I like those moisture wicking tech shirts, and I got an underarmor one that I wore on almost every single long weekend run.  I also loved my headband- it covers my ears, has a hole in the back for my pony tail, but didn’t cover the top of my head (I got too hot running in a winter hat).

Other things to consider would be a headlamp and a reflective vest.  Running in the winter is just as much about running in the dark as it is running in the cold.

Also, remember to hydrate.  Just because you don’t get drenched in sweat doesn’t mean you didn’t lose water!

Post # 5
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Newbee

What about one of those cool jackets that have the face shield? 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

I’ve got RA, Raynauds, and Costochondritis caused by the RA. I run the cold except in full flare, my joints are always messed up in winter.

Above 40 below 50: Skirt, light jacket with short sleaves or long sleave shirt depending on winds. Lightweight gloves that I may pull off depending on winds. Sometimes light weight long sleave shirt with vest if costo is bad. Sometimes I use armwarmers.

Above 30 below 40: Light weight pants/leggings/capris, long sleave shirt, vest or light jacket. Light weight or fleece gloves depending on winds. Ear warmers or hood depending on winds.

Below 30 above 20: Light weight pants or polar fleece pants depending on winds. Light long sleeve shirt and Sphere jacket, or heavy long sleave shirt with short sleaves underneath depending on winds. Heavy fleece gloves or mittens, hotties for my hands dependent on winds. ear covers and hood/hat.

 

Below 20: polar fleece pants, heavy long sleeve shirt, sphere jacket, fleece mittens, hotties, heavy ear covers, hood/hat.

 

My two biggest concerns are keeping my chest cavity warm and my hands. I will even run in rain till about 40 degrees. I’ll run in snow as well provided its not falling at a high rate. I pretty much only quit running outside for windchills bellow 0, heavy snow, or ice.This year I’m going to try face masks as well since the costo gave me a lot of issues last winter.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@jatelynn:  Be careful with too much cotton- it will get heavy when you sweat and it’s not breathable enough to run in.  Get a blend if you can (any sports store will have them- my favorite shirts came from Target!).  Happy running ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Busy bee

Something like this: http://www.amazon.com/TrailHeads-Power-Ponytail-Balaclava/dp/B009WU2MYG/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1353962559&sr=8-14&keywords=running+balaclava

It might help with your asthma because it comes up over your mouth and the cold air gets filtered so it isn’t as harsh. I trained for a marathon in the winter and did a 20 mile run outside when it was less than 10 degrees and snowing. This baby made it possible. Along with fleece-lined tights, a tank top, long-sleeve tech tee, fleece jacket, and windbreaker. And gloves, of course.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

@jatelynn: There is no such thing as too cold to run outside, as long as you’re dressed right! Some of my favorite runs are in the winter when no one else is really out…it is so peaceful and quiet and you can look at all the holiday lights.

OK, below 0 with high winds might be too cold…but unless there’s a danger advisory from the weather channel, get on out there!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I love running in the cold…but sometimes I forget that cold here is NOT cold anywhere else (though I grew up in much colder climates).  I agree with all that other ladies said.  Layers!  Also some close fitting leggings that keep the moisture off of you are helpful.  And don’t forget to hydrate!  Sometimes it’s easier to forget to hydrate when you’re running in colder weather.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

Commenting to follow along… I used to run on the treadmill, but I just cut my gym membership to save some money. DH always runs outside and is begging me to join him, but it’s cold out darnit! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I agree with what previous posters have said. Layers are important, and synthetic fabrics that wick away moisture are helpful.

My biggest issue is that my hands get SUPER cold when I run, so I have to wear gloves. I have the thin knit-cotton kind (from Target) for semi-cold weather, and some nice fancy ones for when it’s really cold and/or wet out. But I’m in California, so it doesn’t really get too cold out here (low 40’s at worst, unless we’re in the desert or mountains). 

Happy Running!!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Sounds like I need to go shopping for some more cold-weather running gear! You are all making me feel pretty wimpy for heading in to the treadmill when winter hits! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My friend with asthma stuck a handwarmer in her sports bra to help keep her chest warm, and said it really helped!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I run in the cold as long as it isn’t sleeting. What I wear:

65: shorts and a tank top

55-65: shorts and a long sleeve top

45-55: capri leggings and a long sleeve top

35-45: long fleece lined leggings and a long sleeve top, gloves

25-35: long fleece lined leggings,  gloves, and a fleece

below 25: long fleece lined leggings, long sleeve top, fleece, and gloves

I hope this helps!

I use gardening gloves (the brown cotton ones) because you can wipe a runny nose with them and then throw them in the wash. I like Northface running capris, Craft fleece lined leggings, New Balance Fleeces, the long sleeve shirts from running events, and Hanes men’s A-tanks for cooler weather (and forever 21 for warmer weather).

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