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1/24/18 10:57 A

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Glad to hear the race went well!

When the "feel like" temp dips below freezing, I wear a fleece/neoprene face mask that helps a ton. I bought it at a running store years ago. The part that goes over my mouth and nose is neoprene, with holes near the mouth and an opening for the nose. The rest of it is fleece, and it velcros at the back of the neck. It doesn't cover my ears, as I prefer to wear a separate earband.

If you can work on breathing through your nose more, especially at the beginning as you're getting warmed up, that can help, too, as there's a lot more tissue to help warm the air before it gets to your lungs if it goes through your nose (a tip on how not to freeze your lungs when it's -40F outside - never breath through your mouth!)

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11/30/13 5:58 P

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Thanks for the tip. Breathing was easier today, and I finished the 5-K in 33:45. Given the cold air and hilly route, I am very happy with that! I had a knit headband around my neck, and from time to time I'd pull it up and breathe through it. Definitely helped warm the air and give my lungs a break.

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11/30/13 2:38 P

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If you wear a few layers you should be fine. It will feel hard to breathe at first, but your lungs will warm up with you and it will get easier! I have runners' asthma, and I am fine after less than a mile!
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11/28/13 9:55 P

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Today I ran in sunny, somewhat windy, 40 degree temps and really struggled with my breathing--it felt as though my lungs just wouldn't open up. I have been running on a treadmill 2x a week and outside 1x, but it hadn't been truly cold yet on those runs.

I have a 5-K event Saturday morning, 11/30. It should be a breeze, and all of a sudden, I don't even know if I'll be able to run the whole thing! Any advice?

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