Running in below 50 degree weather is both a love and hate relationship. First, like a crazy woman, I usually have an argument with myself and throw reasons to run and reasons not to run back and forth in my head. Ultimately, I get dressed and head out. In the first mile or two I feel like my lungs are slowly solidifying and about to crack! Of course they don’t and eventually the sensation goes away. After that I start to think “Man, it’s getting hot in this sweater!” and wish I hadn’t worn so many layers of clothing. In the end, the only sensation I may be feeling is a numb nose. Once your body warms up and the runners high kicks in, you’ll never regret this run. I really do love the quote “Wow, I really regret that workout. -No One Ever”
Tips for running in the cold:
- Don’t wear too many layers. Some do well with short sleeves and shorts in 50-35 degree weather or shorts and long sleeves w/gloves and a beanie under 35 degrees. I’m a wuss, I wear compression or dry fit pants and long sleeves along with gloves. Under 35 degree weather, I’ll add a pull over sweater and a headband that covers my ears. Be aware of rain in the forecast. Cover up completely to avoid hypothermia or frostbite in longer distance runs.
- Wear lip balm. Chapped lips is not only unattractive but can be painful.
- Stay hydrated! Just because you might not sweat as much, you still need to drink up. If you’re a morning runner make sure you drink .75-1oz of water per body weight the day before. I recommend this much water intake everyday!
- Push through the first mile or two, you may experience “cold lungs” or “freezing” fingers and toes but don’t worry, the sensation will go away.
Protect yourself, always.