Top tips required for the cold weather crew

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09/11/2012 at 11:23

Does anyone else find it harder work running in the winter months compared to in the summer? My running kit isn't that much heavier - a jacket and a long sleeve base layer compared with just a short sleeved one and full leggings compared with capris. 

I've been running for about 18 months and have built up my distance sensibly over that time.  Generally speaking I go out at least twice a week, sometimes 3 times.  If I run twice a week then I substitute my 3rd session for a High Intensity Interval Training Fitness Class - not an easy option: I didn't realise there were that many squats in the world!

One of my weekly runs is about 9.25 miles and the other runs are about 6.5 miles.  Both routes are hilly/ undulating, but generally road based.

I'd be really interested to hear of any top tips from fellow runners who also find it more tiring when they run in winter compared with in the summer.  Any thoughts?

09/11/2012 at 12:52

I prefer running in the winter.   Lower heart rate for one.    I dont get sweaty or sweety!

09/11/2012 at 13:04


Maybe you could try doing a run with just the long sleeved base layer, and not the jacket?

I used to be guilty of massively overdressing for winter running, and I regularly see people with way too many clothes on. I think you should be cold when you first step out of the house, feel a little chilly for the first mile or so, and be nice and comfortable after about 2 miles.

Cake - trying to lure in Ladies with sweets is bad forum etiquette


09/11/2012 at 13:43

I wouldn't say I overdressed - the jacket is one of those uberlight high-viz windstopper thingies...

I do love running in the winter too, don't get me wrong, but the last couple of runs have been really hard work.  Maybe I need some of Cake's sweeties

cougie    pirate
09/11/2012 at 14:13

Gilets are great for this kind of temperature. I've not gone to jackets yet as it hasnt been that cold round here.

As for it being harder - I've not really noticed that. It is nice to get out in crisp sunshine though - could the prob be that its just dark and miserable ?

09/11/2012 at 14:25

Not sure, cougie...we've been doing mid-late afternoons and the light has just been wonderful (we're very lucky in that we have the most fantastic scenery where we live), but I suppose the general reduction in daylight hours and intensity may be having an effect on our brains.....

09/11/2012 at 18:32

Let you off Cake.  Only as I lilke cake so much

10/11/2012 at 10:58

Just don't get them mixed up when you call Bookie a sweaty, um I mean sweety.

12/11/2012 at 10:37

Been looking on the US RW forums and found this explanation:

Blood flow changes to keep you warmer (more to the surface if you are a little cold, switching to mostly to the core if you get REALLY cold). Muscles tighten up, and if it is cold enough you do not produce energy as quickly.

Seems feasible...any scientists out there who care to elaborate/ comment?

12/11/2012 at 11:59

The key point here is  'last couple of runs' I wouldn't be too quick to lay a couple of harder runs at the door of the weather.  Your runs could have been harder for any number of reasons. 

In terms of temperature, when you run you produce heat and your body works to lose that heat in order to maintain a constant core temperature.  If your clothing is a mis match to the external temperature, and if your body is working properly, it will slow you down to reduce the amount of heat produced to keep your core temperature constant.  Put simply maintaining the same speed will seem harder.

Once warmed up if all is well you should run more easily in the cold because it's easier to loose the heat you generate.


12/11/2012 at 12:09

Lady F-B I don't think the info from RWUSA applies to your case because it's not that cold yet and you have increased your clothing.

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