HR miles too high
B*gger. Looks like it's getting colder in the next few days. Not too fussed about running in the cold, but running on ice is another matter! The track is going to be frozen over again tomorrow which means intervals round the park in the dark, over pot-holes and under tree branches. Hard work and a little dangerous.
So I was reading everyones take on cold weather running and it's effects and decided to do an experiment of my own.
Yesterday I braved the minus 1 temps and completed 13.5 miles. It took me 2:08:10, my avg HR was 145 BPM. I did the same run on November 22nd and it took me 2:09:31 with an average HR of 146 BPM.
The cold weather obviously motivated me to get home quicker but no change in HR
Basically, get your trainers on and get out there! I wrapped up warm with 3 thin tech layers, leggings, a hat and gloves - toastie but comfortable.
Let me know how you get on!
I find running in the cold weather a bit of a shock to the system initially, especially breathing in the cold air for the first mile or so, but I have to say, once I'm warmed up I'm fine. Certainly no adverse effects on my breathing or general performance (such as it is!), in fact I tend to do better in the cold and have an added spring in my step.
I wonder if you just need to allow a little extra time to get warmed up at the start of your run?
I tend to leave the house, the bracing cold hits me and I always think I should have put on an extra layer, but I know a couple of miles down the road I'll be toasty and warm and just need to stick it out for the first few minutes.
Did a 7.2 mile run in 1:07 in temperature of -5C on Tuesday night. Was wearing shorts and a T-shirt, plus hat and gloves
Average HR was 185 (how do you people keep it down to 140-150????) which is a bit (about 5) more than usual, which may be down to the cold, but certainly it is not +20, that would make my average HR about 200, which I think would kill me if I kept it up for an hour
when it's very cold, your body draws blood away from your extremeties and into your "core", in order to keep warm. this can reduce blood supply to muscles, and therefore make your heart have to work harder in order to supply the same amount of oxygen.
1 wear a warmer long sleeved top, good gloves and a hat
2 run slower
3 as noted above, warm up properly (ie a lot more than usual) first
I agree, I can normally do 6miles but I have only been able to do 4.5miles in this cold weather and I feel like I can't breathe properly and I am sooooo much more tired than usual. I am really out of breath when I get home when normally I can hold a conversation. I do have asthma but very mild...
I am contimplating the gym until it warms up....
I ran intervals on Tuesday night and it was -12C when I started. The air was painfully cold at first and I wishes I'd put a balaclava on. Anyway, I warmed up after a while. The key thing I did to give me some extra insulation was to wear two pairs of running tights, one on top of the other. It was surprisingly comfortable.
My nostril hairs and eyelashes still froze together though. I had put some face cream and vaseline on before the run to protect my skin.
I am really struggling in the cold weather too. Just can't breathe especially when I try to push the pace during time trials & races. It leaves me very wheazy for a few hours afterwards too. I have mild asthma & I do take some Ventolin before I run but it doesn't seem to help. I also get blue lips, ECG has ruled out any problems. Seems to be a hereditary circulation problem but it scares the hell out of running partners!!
Maybe try lipstick? Might not help your ventriquils but it won't give your running mates a heart attack
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