I have many Love/Hate relationships in my endurance life. They are usually short lived, but they exist. Currently, I have a Love/Hate relationship with running in the cold weather. Yes, I know it is November, but I live in Memphis and we are normally in T-shirts up till Christmas, then January and February gets cold, we maybe have a day of snow, then its over. This cold weather in November is not cool! (See what I did there???)
So, yesterday morning the temperature was in the 30's and I totally wussed out and hit the treadmill at the gym. I usually like to have a cold weather run policy and say anything below 30 is a treadmill run, so technically I should have been outside running. This morning, the temperatures were again in the mid 30's, however, I was prepared this time, so I headed out int he cold to get my run on.
|Just a joke about being prepared!|
I think that is the key to running in the cold. Being Prepared. This morning I wore running pants, a long sleeve body-fit turtle neck and a dry tech long sleeve shirt over that, cheap fabric gloves and my skull hat. I was totally fine. Most times I will wear arm warmers, but this day was a little too cold for just those. I could see my breath with every exhale, but I wasn't that cold. Normally, I have no idea of what to wear when it gets cold. My problem is I either dress to warm or I do not dress warm enough! Today was the rare exception that I figured it right! In the summer, you can shed clothes, but the cooler temps are not the best time to go shirtless.
Here is another thing that I love about cold weather running. I feel very dedicated. I feel like I am out there for the right reasons. I like being that guy that the drivers see running while they are in their cars, bundled up with the heater on and a cup of coffee. I don;t care that no one else cares that I am running in the cold, I know they are thinking I am an idiot for being out there, but that is irrelevant.
The tough runs make us stronger, I have never had a race yet that has had perfect weather conditions. December 1st in Memphis could be 40 degrees, it could be 60 degrees, either way I will be ready. Friday is my last 20 mile run before I go into taper mode. I am getting excited for my race, and looking forward to the challenge.
So I want to make sure I am clear, do not let the cold temps keep you from running outside!