After spending the last month whining about the “cold” weather (30s and 40s), Ma Nature is about to punch me right in the face with a 7 degree morning and winds of 15-25mph (wind chill -10). This news had me diving into the depths of my closet and running stuff drawer to find the REAL cold weather gear. When temperatures drop from “chilly” to “life threatening” I could care less about looking like a terrorist and am only concerned with survival and lack of frostbite. While we are a crazy bunch for even attempting a run at these temps, we moderate our chances of injury or death by helping each other out with tips and tricks for cold weather. Little things like putting Vaseline on exposed skin (nose, cheeks, etc.) to protect it, dressing in layers, not overdressing (thereby overheating and subsequently having the excess sweat re-freeze to your skin…) and lots of other little tips have helped me feel a lot safer (if not more comfortable) about running in extremely low temperatures (if you can count the temperature on your hands only… it’s serious).
As crazy as it sounds, I prefer running in the cold rather than the heat (sorry Kathy…!). I have never handled the heat well and tend to wilt when doing exercise in temps over 80 degrees. Anything approaching 90 and I’m done. I don’t even like to swim in summer heat. I can always add another layer of cold or wind protection in the winter. However there is only so much you can (legally) take off in the summer. My three best seasons are definitely fall, winter and spring.
I may not run the full “A” distance tomorrow, but I will definitely be there! Bring on the ice beads!