So so cold!

Please tell me how you get thorugh the winter and still run!

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Double 0    pirate
17/12/2007 at 08:34


It's so so cold outside and my good girl four training runs a week have stopped. Doing one or two and it's cold and dark and there's cake and hot chocolate inside but I'm turning into jelly!

 How do you get thourgh the winter?

17/12/2007 at 08:39

Once you start running, your body gets warm!

Wrap up and then peel the layers away when running.

-20 with wind chill is my record.............

17/12/2007 at 08:40
Aye KK. Training weekend in the new year?
Double 0    pirate
17/12/2007 at 08:49

I've changed my runs a bit do a bit of waring up inside the house and when I open the door run like hell until I'm warm. It's the dark that really get me the trails a run have now lighting and it's not safe (falling over because you can't see and hurting yourself). I hate the dark! I'll just put my running kit on and try running around the park!

I've got a holiday booked in Jan so warm weather training!

17/12/2007 at 08:51
I don't like the cold, but what has been getting me outside is the fact that I have entered a race in the New year and have a specific time target - I know that doing the miles will help me achieve the target, so I go out even though parts of me don't ever seem to warm up even after 10 miles! If I really can't face going outside then I get on the treadmill at the gym - they all count
17/12/2007 at 09:01

balls of steel

Not is this weather!!!!!!!!!

Stump    pirate
17/12/2007 at 09:11

Stop being so soft

My wife, a complete novice, went out jogging with me at 7pm last night.

If she can - you can

Mind you she is as hard as nails.....

17/12/2007 at 09:41
Definately layers and gloves...and you do feel better after...
17/12/2007 at 09:49
Blonde, it really is the going out that's the hard bit.  Once you get going you'll be fine. 
17/12/2007 at 09:56
Agreed to all the above  - once outside your door your on your way and that's more than half the battle.
Double 0    pirate
17/12/2007 at 09:58

Ok ok

I've just done a hilly 6k. I'll just make sure i'll do that 3 more time this week! Yes Muffin Girl gloves and layers are the key!

Thank you

17/12/2007 at 10:10
Run faster - you get warm quicker!

A head band to keep your ears warm, and gloves for your hands, and you'll be fine.
17/12/2007 at 10:57
I have to say the cold weather is doing wonders for my speed work... the faster I run the quicker I get back home to a hot shower!
PloddingOn    pirate
17/12/2007 at 11:07

It doesn't bother me yet.  10 minutes in and I am warm and toasty!!

I suppose the only thing with winter is being prepared to fork out an extra couple quid to get some decent gear to run in so the cold doesn't feel as bad

17/12/2007 at 11:16
I must say that the hardest part for me is not how cold it is outside, it's getting out of bed & leaving Mrs GZ in bed behind me, I know where I'd much rather be   - well until the kids wake up that is!
PloddingOn    pirate
17/12/2007 at 11:22

Ha - I have all but completely given up trying to run before work mornings!  I am definitely a nocturnal human and would FAR rather run when I get home at night. 

Apart from over weekends.  Then running in the later morning is acceptable!

17/12/2007 at 12:41
Dont mind the cold as long as you have a base layer top and leggings, hate cold AND rain together though, balls of ICE then TT.
17/12/2007 at 12:59

I have to admit that I wore a pair of my mother in law's gloves for my long run yesterday, -thats the last time she'll leave items of clothing behind. Hands stayed toasty warm though. Underwear my own I must stress...

My motivation for running comes from the relief in knowing that I'm not gasping along in the midday sun chasing a pb, sweat in my eyes, gagging for a cold beer during an August race. Cold crisp air is pretty refreshing then, legs seem to tick-over pretty happily.

17/12/2007 at 14:00
I have to say, I've been a bit slack and not run since Aug (bad bad me) until last week. I kept seeing my boss running past me on the way home and I felt really inspired just to get out there and run. I ran nearly the best time I've ever done, and I kept running for longer than usual and now I love running in the cold. I want to find time to go out this week, but xmas party season is upon me and I seem to be busy all the time. Boo (sort of!)
PloddingOn    pirate
17/12/2007 at 14:15

Wasn't there also that rumour that any winter exercise burns more calories because your body "works harder" to warm up??

Another one of my winter running reasons, either way

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