• Running Cold

    Another first!  My morning run was the first I’ve done below 50 degrees.  Boy, does temperature change things!

     

    The first thing I noticed was how hard it was to warm up my muscles.  I usually do a couple of rounds up and down our front-hall stairs, followed by ankle-rolls, light stretching, and a short walk.  I did all these to no avail.  My calves and butt were like bricks for my first quarter-mile or so!  With ever colder days coming, I have to find a quick way to warm up, and fast.

     

    The next thing I noticed was the pain and chapping of nose, lips, and throat.  My asthma wheeze even made a dramatic comeback.  45 degrees just isn’t that cold, or so I thought before pushing myself through it at six miles per hour!  I need to get some kind of lip/face balm.  I’m not sure what to do about the raw throat.  I’d appreciate any tips anyone might have…

     

    On the positive side, I can sure as hell run farther and faster in the cold!  I never once felt fatigued (except for my brick-like calves, at the beginning), and sweating was minor as compared to usual.  In fact, I was running so much better that I overdid it a bit (or rather a lot, like 15 or 20 percent more than my normal plan), and my shin-splints, which haven’t been a problem in a month or two, started acting up again…

    2 comments to "Running Cold"

    • Tights will keep your legs warm. You may want to try a neck gaiter, which skiers and snowboarders often use. Or if you’re willing to risk it, a bandana over your nose and mouth. I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing in the winter, too, as my intention to run hasn’t made it through a NH winter yet!

    • Yeah, the coming snow has me a bit concerned. No idea how I’m going to even find a clear path to run in…

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