So, you may have noticed that the temperatures are finally dropping. These past couple of days have been pretty darn cold compared to the 80 degree weather at the beginning of last week!
Okay. So, right now it’s presently 60 degrees and supposed to be a fabulous day but those cooler temps are right around the corner. As in back tomorrow. Yay.
But, I have definitely run in some cold temperatures. Like, back in January. Oh. Em. Gee. It was 20 degrees, felt like 9 degrees, and winds were whipping at about 20 miles per hour. To say it was cold would have been an understatement. Unless you live in the northwest. Or Alaska. Or Siberia. And then, I’m guessing 20 degrees would be classified as “balmy.” But, I don’t live there and 20 degrees is not a temperature I usually go outside for a run in.
Okay. Fine. I’m still not going to lie. I’ve run in colder. I even once ran a half-marathon in a snow storm. But, there are ways to survive the colder temps and even the snow! The main danger is ice – that’s no joke. Especially black ice. I mean, you can’t even see that! Eeeek!
So, how can you survive a cold weather run without ending up with frost bite, frost nip, or hypothermia? Yeah, yeah, I know, I know. Stay inside, right? Well, there’s something quite peaceful about running outside in the snow that you can’t replicate on a treadmill. But, not all cold weather comes with snow – especially if you live on the east coast. So, without the beauty of the snow to take your mind off things, you’re just left dealing with the cold. But, there are ways to stay warm and actually enjoy your run.
**Disclosure – I am getting absolutely NOTHING if you purchase any of the products I linked to. I just included the links because I did the research and it seemed only fair to share with you what I found. I just want you to be warm and safe.**
(This post was originally blogged by me as Lifting Plates in January 2016. I’ve updated it slightly so it makes sense for October 2016.)