I knew I'd be cold for the first few miles, but would warm up by the end of the 10-mile run. However, that same clothing scheme didn't quite work out last night.
Though the temperature has only gotten down into the 30s at night here in Akron, I felt much colder during my four-mile run yesterday than I did in New York on Saturday, wearing the exact same gear. (I didn't even wash the clothes!)
The difference? I was running farther and had more time to warm up in Cooperstown. I also was running in the morning as the sun -- and temperature -- was rising. The oncoming cold reminds me that I need to consider my wardrobe more carefully. I don't want to catch the sniffles, now, do I?
As you know, the Viper is your foremost authority on the subject of winter running. Last year, I wrote the book on cold-weather running. I have also researched low-cost ways to modify your shoes for running in the snow.
Here are some additional pointers to consider as winter approaches:
- Don't be under-dressed. You can't put on clothes you don't bring with you.
- What time is it? It's warmest in the afternoon. It'll be warming up if you run in the morning and cooling down at night.
- Shave your glasses. Need your bifocals? Future so bright you gotta wear shades? Cold weather fogging up your run? Apply some shaving cream to the lenses and polish it off. Voila! Shaving cream acts as an anti-fog agent.
- Run faster. The wind chill might negate the heat you create with the increased friction, but the faster you run the sooner you'll get home.
- Warm up. It takes longer to warm up when you run in the cold (duh!). Warm up beforehand with stretching, calisthenics or even a hot shower. After your run, get out of those sweaty clothes before you catch your Doomsday Cold. Yes, I said get naked.