I do not know why the media is now labeling every cold front to be a Polar Vortex, but I guess it sounds to cool they use it until they find something new to call it. Anyway, yesterday morning it was 52 degrees when I went for my run, today it was a whopping 10 degrees when I went running. And tomorrow the forecast shows even lower temperatures. Not fun, but I still like to go running and so I will have to bundle up just a little more then I guess. Fortunately I do not have problems breathing in the cold and I really enjoy being out there – even though I might not necessarily say just nice words when talking about it.
So, it was 10 degrees when I went for my run this morning. I was wearing basic running tights and I know that if it gets colder they will not do the trick anymore. Tomorrow I will wear a Nike compression tight under my running tights – that’s what I wore when running a half marathon at almost zero degrees last December and I know it will do the trick. I wear two pair of running gloves on those cold days. I have fairly thin pair of running gloves that fit perfectly under my thicker pair of running gloves and again – it does the trick on cold weather runs. Today I wore a tech short (short-sleeve) under a Nike Crew Hyperwarm sweatshirt and on top of that a Nike DriFit jacket. Not ideal, but it kept me warm enough – one day I will spend some money to get a more sophisticated outfit, but for now this will have to do. To top it all off literally I wear my cold-weather running hat underneath a normal cold-weather hat because the running hat gets wet from sweat and the second hat just keeps my head warm enough while being out there. I ran in a standard pair of the New Balance 880 running shoe and never got cold feet at all even though these are not shoes made for cold weather.
I ran for 6.26 miles today and it felt tough initially, but once I had warmed up it was actually a really good run. There was very little wind, but the sidewalks were partially very icy and so I had to be careful not to slip. I made it safely back and then finished up the morning routine with a 10 minute (very) hot shower to get warm again.
As mentioned I really love running in cold weather even though today (and possibly the next 2 days) the weather was a bit more extreme. I could have hopped on a treadmill, but I pride myself with going outside whenever I can. I was not the only runner out there, but I really saw just one other (crazy) person out there running. Fun stuff. Last December I ran a half marathon and the average temperature during that race was just 4 degrees with no sunshine. You can read my race review here.
Do you run outside when it is cold?
What do you do when the polar vortex hits your area (or cold weather in general)? Do you go and run outside or do you go on a treadmill or do you just turn around and ignore the alarm clock when it rings? Feel free to comment below. Also, what clothes do you wear if you do your runs out in the cold?