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2/13/11 6:17 P

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Usually I feel comfortable running in anything as cold as mid-20s, as long as it's not windy . Colder or chilly and windy sends me in to the treadmill!

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2/13/11 5:40 P

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Living in So Cal, heat is more of a concern than cold. In the summer I get up earlier and run before the sun comes up. It's dark, but no fear of ice. In the winter I'll run at lunch time if it's really cold--I wear a knit hat, knit gloves, and a thicker hoody with pockets so I can tuck the hat and gloves away when I warm up. Sun glasses protect my eyes from wind, cold, and sun.

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2/13/11 3:43 P

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I"m glad i live on a Main street where it's well Lit so if i did want to run at O'Dark Hundred it's well it and i'd feel safer... PLus the cops are always driving up and down main street. :)

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2/13/11 3:37 P

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I do run in the dark at times, living in Scandinavia with short days in the wintertime leaves us with few options. But I choose to run on well-lit pavements at those times. I stay the heck away from dark trails and such.

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2/13/11 3:31 P

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i give major kudo's to anyone who can run in the dark...I"m just not there yet.

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Hasn't this winter been a challenge! I am normally not bothered by the cold - will run in 15-20 weather. But the ice is killing me. I run early in the morning and am too nervous to run in the dark with ice I can't see. I bought the spikes and I got yak trak but I run in my neighborhood and both say you shouldn't use them on clean pavement. So not sure how to use them - if I only have to worry about occasional patches of ice. Any suggestions?

I finally broke down and joined my husband's gym so I could run on the treadmill but even with music, TVs, etc. it is still so boring.

JUST TO CLARIFY - it is not pitch black because there are streetlights but sometimes not easy to see if there is black ice until you are on it.

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2/13/11 12:05 P

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I'm iwth you on the spring... can't wait until it's mid 30's... It's my optimal running temp :)

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2/13/11 10:24 A

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I ran 14 miles in 14F today. No problems with the temps, what got to me were the badly cleared roads. We got SO much snow the other day. ARGH! Still, I'll take tons of snow over icy roads, any day. I use Yak Trax when it's slippery out.

Lots of layers with a top layer of windbreakers, that's my key to happy running in cold temps. I draw the line at -20C (-4F), maybe lower on a windy day.

That said - where the heck is spring? LOL!

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2/13/11 7:59 A

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My coldest run was about 30 degrees on a very dry, windy day -- it was torture for my throat and nose. It's not so dry out now, so I could probably handle a colder outdoor run, but I'm sticking to the treadmill. We've 3 feet of snow on the ground and 4ft plow piles, which makes for poor visibility and slippery sidewalks -- it's just not safe for me to run outdoors right now. I miss it though... the treadmill is SO BORING!!!!!

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2/13/11 1:16 A

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The coldest I've run in was around 24 with a small breeze. Haven't had to run in any colder since that was the coldest it's been. It's also very dry in the desert, so the colder temps seem a little extra cold. My eyes always water for the first half mile which is VERY annoying, but they usually stop soon after that. When it gets down under 40 I wear athletic pants instead of shorts. When it gets windy is also when I may take a day off as it sometimes bothers my throat and I've had cold-like symptoms after running in the wind a few times. The only real problem I've had with the running in the cold was not having warm enough gloves, but I think I've finally solved that problem with a good combination of gloves (yes, wearing two pairs).

And now that I've lost weight, I wear my knit gloves at work a lot because my hands seem to be cold almost all the time. I get a lot of odd comments about them, but hey, I can still use my computer while wearing them and it makes me feel a whole lot more comfortable.

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2/12/11 10:43 P

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My threshold is 10 degree's (windchill). I've ran -0 before and won't do it again. I have thermal running pants, top and bra and double layer winter socks.. i wear that and then another layer of wind breaker type pants and a hoodie just incase what I have isn't enough. I have my gloves, my head band and a scraf. Today I ran it was 35 out and got too warm. Ran without the gloves and at times took off the head band until my ears got too cold. It was windy and usually I will NOT run in the wind but its been a few weeks since I've ran outside due to me having a really bad cough. You just have to test it out...what I wear about kills my husband..he wears much less than I do and still get too warm.

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2/9/11 10:06 A

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Zero degrees is the lowest i have run to date... a DEF on copious amounts of water prior to a run.. I drink at least 6 glasses before a 10 k... My o degree running gear: cold weather tights, windbreaker pants. tops: spoerts bra, workout tank, long sleeved workout shirt, Underarmor turtle neck, running jacket... also running gloves, hat, neck gaitor and sun glasses.. I don't like any wind on my eyes... the running jacket also has a hood that i can pull up or down and interior pockets for keys, fuel, phone or small bottle water and enough room to hold layers if i need to shed..If it's 10 degrees i ditch the tank and run with the other layers.. If it's 20 i ditch the long sleeved shirt and run with the other layers on top..IF it's 30.. it's just the long tank and underarm turtleneck ontop.. I find i hate downdrafts. If it's a long run at 30 and i need pockets.. i'll toss on my windbreaker shell.. the best i can say it experiment at different temps but do it while close to home... youdont' want to be 5 miles away and freezing your butt off. :)

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2/9/11 2:21 A

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Here is a pic of my trail shoes prepped for freezing weather - with screws (to grip the ice) and duct tape (to stop the ventilation):

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1/18/11 2:09 P

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I got cold in a hot shower yesterday! The constant cold feeling is the only drawback to losing weight!

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1/18/11 12:01 P

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The cold doesn't bother me as much as the wind. I will run down to the low 20's or high teens, but only if wind is below 5 mph. I find that with layers, I stay really toasty the whole time. I have been relegated back to the dreaded treadmill lately because of ice and snow. I can't wait until the paths are cleared again.

Oooh and GODSDOVE, I am right there with you! I am SOOO cold now that I have lost weight. Everyone makes fun of me for constantly shivering. That is my only not so fun adjustment so far.

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1/17/11 11:19 P

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I live in Florida and the coldest that I ran in was in the 30's, which for me I feel like I'm freezing cause the air cuts through your clothes even though I try to dress warmly enough to run.

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1/17/11 4:20 P

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I'm in the southeast so it doesn't normally get too cold. But this winter has been crazy. I ran in upper 20s and that is about the coldest. I am still adjusting to not having as much fat on my body anyway, and I have a hard time staying warm! LOL!

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1/10/11 4:58 P

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1/10/11 3:07 P

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Wow, Pam! That's pretty intense.

I can run reasonably easily down into the 20s. The wind doesn't bother me so much as the actual temperatures do... I have asthma, so cold, dry air is really brutal on my lungs.

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I'm Canadian, eh, and my cutoff is -15C or about 5F. That said, when its winter, ice and un-cleared sidewalks usually slow me down before the temperature does. Whether I'm dealing with heat or cold, I like to use a 5K loop around my neighbourhood so I can use home as a place to get a drink, a potty break, and a change of layers. Also, because this is my community I have friends I can pop-in on if I'm ever in trouble.

I run with my dog and my cell phone.

Vaseline on the eyelashes helps.

I'll be getting back at it this week if I can following a long time away from running. I hope Mother Nature cooperates.

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12/28/10 7:28 P

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Gloves-I like my bikers gloves-they ace terry by the thumb for those drippy noses. emoticon

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12/28/10 5:09 P

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We haven't had many days above 20 in the last month... so I've gone out as cold as 0 with wind chills of -10.

Trust me, if I wasn't running my 1st marathon in January, I wouldn't be out there! I'm happy to be tapering now since we just got over a foot of snow.

And yes, my eyelashes freeze my eyes shut when my eyes tear, so if I need to go out that cold again, I'll wear my ski goggles.

All of my skin is covered so the only real issue is that the sweat and condensation (from my breath)on my face covering freezes and makes me colder. So thankfully I've only had a max of an 8 miler in the extreme cold, my long runs are in at least 20 degrees.



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12/28/10 4:04 P

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I agree about the wind. As a resident of the deep south, I am not accustomed to running in cold weather, and already this winter we have had several days below 40F! Me no likee! That said, it can be very enjoyable if you layer properly.

This morning it was 38F and windy. In order to cut the wind, I wore the shell from my ski jacket. Since I knew that the jacket would probably be too warm, I just wore a tank underneath and it worked perfectly. Had it not been windy, I would have worn a short sleeve tech shirt with a long sleeve one over it.

Finally, invest in a pair of gloves. I found a pair for $15 at RunningWearhouse - even if they arrive too late for this season, you can't go wrong for $15!

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12/28/10 2:45 P

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Friends of my daughters were home for Christmas-they are Triathlons and Marathoners-they were telling us about their crazy friend Cathy who did a 90 k run and her eyes froze. She now wears swimmers goggles.

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12/28/10 12:12 P

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I agree with the wind thing. If it's just cold, I can handle it. Last winter I ran when it was 4 degrees out. However, add wind to that and I'm done, I hate it!

As for dress, I just try to wear layers. If I get too hot, I can always take something off. But if you're not wearing enough, there's not much you can do to get warmer, unless you go home and put something else on.

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12/28/10 12:11 P

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Awesome advice GM, especially the part about hydration!

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12/28/10 11:33 A

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My outside tolerance threshold is usually more wind related than temperature. I am 6'3" and wind kills me. I have run in teens as long as there is no wind.

I wear a base layer thermal running long sleeved shirt and add a running thermal jacket if it is a training run and the temp is below 35. I wear thermal running pants if it is below 40 for training and below 30 for a race.

Be careful and drink fluids as if it were 70 degrees out, as you can get dehydrated just as easy because your sweat evaporates in cold and you don't realize you are losing fluids.

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I will usually run in 40 degree weather, but I get wimpy when its colder. How cold do you run in and how do you prepare?



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