So, this is my first winter of running outside. Last winter was all on the treadmill, with my trusty role model Jack Bauer saving the world on DVD. Being that I was still deeply in hate with running it was really more of a run/walk/stand and watch TV sort of endeavor.
It was 17 degrees when I headed out tonight. I was pretty unsure about how it was going to go. Two weeks off, still a bit of a cough, 17 degrees out. Yikes. For those of you wondering, I did not go barefoot. I'm crazy, not stupid. There's a subtle difference.
Since I don't even get a coat out until the temp is below 30, I wasn't that worried about being cold, but I didn't want to freeze. Here's what I wore, hoping it would be right:
- UnderArmour compression shirt (If you don't have one of these you need one. They make you feel like a superhero when you wear them.)
- Cotton thermal shirt
- UnderArmour fleece pullover
- fleece vest
- UnderArmour compression shorts
- Two pairs regular old gym shorts (down to knee)
- Mittens (knit wool, snowflake motif)
- Stocking hat (no poofball)
- Merrell Trail Gloves (no socks)
Like I said I still have a little cough so I didn't want to push it too hard today. I did 1.6 miles at a 9:30 pace, so I may have gotten cold if I stayed out longer but who knows.
What did I learn on my first dead-of-winter run?
- It's cold, but not that cold. I was kind of dreading this run, but it went just fine. Keep the core warm, the legs will take care of themselves.
- Wear gloves. I was out a few weeks ago at about 40 degrees and my hands suffered even though my feet were fine wearing Invisible Shoes. The mittens tonight were awesome.
- Wondering about your running form? Run on some ice! That sounds crazy, but if you are over-striding or pushing off on ice you will slip. Running on ice is instant feedback and great when you lose the barefoot sensations by putting on shoes to deal with the cold.
- The best part of winter running? Ice on your facial hair!
|You cant really see the ice under my nose, but trust me it was there.|
Run on, Runners!