My husband and I are not currently training for a marathon- our next one is not until June so we won’t need to seriously start training until mid-February. Right now, we are just keeping a solid base for mileage, which means we don’t have to run. This could have been our excuse yesterday, when our outdoor thermometer read -3 degrees with a windchill. However, the D-man convinced me that we could tough it out- we have run in much worse!
So now that I am done complaining, I would like to share how I survived yesterday’s long run. Some of you have asked what to wear for a long(ish) run in temperatures that cold. I’m not an expert, but here is what I wore..
Snowboarding socks! They aren’t exactly made for running, but I like to have long socks on so my ankles aren’t bare and cold. This pair is Smart Wool, and they are a functional fit for both running and snowboarding.
A warm fleece Nike running jacket– I think it’s the Nike Element Thermal Running Hoodie . It’s quite warm, but I will complain about one thing: it has shrunk up in length, and now I have to be extra careful to wear long base layers so that my belly isn’t exposed and cold.
A Saucony running hat (with pony tail hole in back!) as well as a Nike face mask (next picture down)
Nike face mask, blue BIC band, Athleta Bra-Na-Na sport bra, UnderArmour tank (to cover belly under shrinking Nike jacket)
And Craft gloves- these are super warm- so warm that I actually had to take them off for part of the run, my hands were so overheated.
And of course, the Yak Traks…
I felt adequately dressed for the weather. Even though running in the extreme cold can be challenging, I do believe that with the right gear, it can still be an enjoyable experience.
Please share if you have any other complaints about the cold- or the heat for that matter!