Sherry A. Phillips

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Running in Cold Weather

I have not been running as consistently since the weather turned cold. I find it very hard to breathe when the temperature dips below 40 degrees. What I usually do on the days when it’s super cold and I still go out for a run helps. And yes, I have been running when it was a frigid 27 degrees outside.

First, I dress warmly and yes, I am still wearing my Vibram 5 finger barefoot runners when I run, even when it’s cold. While my toes feel a bit chilled when I start out, after about 5 minutes of running, my feet feel warm and toasty, so no problems with the Vibrams and cold weather. I’ve even worn them when it was snowing.

I read in one of my Runner’s World articles that you should dress as though it’s 20 degrees warmer than it actually is. This has been good advice. I went out running one day when it was 45 degrees and dressed as though it were 25. I was annoyingly overheated during the run. My basic rule of thumb has been that if the temps are below 30, I wear my thermal compression shirt beneath my running jacket. I also wear a thick running head band that allows me to keep my ponytail free and cover my ears. I also have running gloves. This keeps me feeling free for a run as opposed to bulked up. If the temps are over 40, I generally opt for a thin long sleeve or a short sleeve beneath my running jacket.

Second, I listen to my body. I don’t know why it is that it is harder for me to run in cold weather, but apparently I’m not the only one. There are tons of articles about how the cold air constricts your air passages, making it more difficult to breathe. They recommend putting something over your mouth, but I can’t stand something over my mouth when I run, so I’ve been doing a different approach.

Some mornings, I can continue to run just as I always have. In fact, one morning it was 27 degrees and I ran 25 minutes straight with absolutely no problems. Then, I have had days like today when it was close to 40 degrees and I would have to run 5 minutes, walk 1 minute, then repeat to get through my entire course.

It might be mental. In fact, I’m pretty sure it is, but this is how I adapt.

I’m not a perfect runner. Far from it. But I am still running.

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