Running in the winter is unpredictable and unreliable, to say the least. In the past few weeks, the weather has gone from an ice storm that left us without power, to more snow, to freezing cold, to more snow. The winter isn’t even halfway over and I’ve already run in below zero degree (Fahrenheit) weather!
With only a week left of my winter break, I’ve been doing my best to catch up with friends, which of course means going on some runs with them. Last Thursday, I went for a run with my friend on the bike path when it was below zero out. I wore my spandex pants, wool socks, a shirt, two jackets, a balaclava, a hat, and mittens. For anyone that doesn’t know, this is what a balaclava looks like – it’s kind of a hat/face-warmer/neck-warmer combined. Awesomeness!
All of the layers made it actually comfortable to run in. My only complaint is that our eyelashes froze! Plus, my Raynauld’s kicked in after the run. Hellooooo winter!
I’ve also been getting in some miles at the gym on days that I work because it’s too dark when I get out. I’m not a big fan of the dreadmill, so I run on the indoor track. I’ll switch between the upper and lower tracks so that I can switch directions and hopefully not mess up my hips as much. Last Friday I got in 10 miles there. Although I’m not a huge fan of listening to music when I run, I do resort to it when I’m at the gym. It makes things a little less boring. Unfortunately, my left hip is paying for running around a 160-meter track. I’ve been getting in some dates with the foam roller, though.
Although winter may not be my favorite season for running, I’m still grateful to be out there! Even in the cold and the snow, I get the same runner’s high afterwards. Plus, winter sure can be pretty. I’ll end with a few pictures I’ve taken on my runs lately and a cool video about winter running. Enjoy!
How has your winter running been going?