Today’s post is about running in the cold – specifically, the extreme cold. Obviously, “extreme cold” means different things to different people. For purposes of this post, it means temperature/wind that would give you frostbite in 30 minutes or less.
This post was prompted by my run yesterday. It was a balmy 0 degrees fahrenheit with a light breeze. Unfortunately, there are a bunch of days like that every winter (I can hear Canadians and Minnesotans snickering at me).
What to Wear
Layers. I usually wear pants, a thin shirt, a mid-layer shirt and a decent-quality running jacket. I wear a hat and gloves. If the temperature is hovering around zero, or if it’s really windy, I’ll use a neck warmer and a second pair of gloves.
Things to Remember
Don’t get your feet wet. Wet feet are definitely a recipe for frostbite.
Stay close to home. When the chill starts to set in, you don’t want to be several miles out.
Bring your phone and keep it out of the cold. You never know when you will need that emergency contact.
Focus. It is easy to get distracted when it’s that cold and you don’t want to fall on a snowy/icy patch.
Running in the cold is not dangerous, per se.
Your lungs will not freeze! That is an old myth, and a rather silly one at that!