Wednesday night, I was all geared up for the 4-5 mile run I had scheduled for Thursday morning. I checked the weather to see what clothes to lay out for my early morning neighborhood jaunt and was confronted by terrible news- the "feels like" temperature was going to be 3 degrees.
I dejectedly started packing my gym bag. It looked like a dreadmill run was in my near future. But then I sat down and read Heather's blog. This gal will run in any temperature! (And she looks SUPER CUTE doing it!) I used to run in near zero degree temps, but haven't in a long time. I was injured all through this whole "Polar Vortex" thing, so I never had to suck it up and run when it was really cold. But Heather inspired me! I needed to just SUCK IT UP and do it. "I have done it before and I can still do it," I told myself.
This is how I can tell when it's really cold... When I get outside, my eyes start watering immediately. I can feel EVERYTHING in my nose, and the wire to my mp3 player instantly gets very stiff. I don't know why that happens? Maybe there are some scientists reading this and can shed some light on the topic...
So I laid out my best cold gear I owned. It was time for the big guns. The next morning, I checked the weather again. The "feels like" temperature was 12 degrees. I was actually a little disappointed- I had mentally prepared for 3 degrees!
Obviously the only way runs in extremely cold temperatures can be safe and enjoyable is if you have the right gear. I am all about cheap, generic brands, but I did drop some cash on my Under Armor pants and long sleeve shirt. I believe they were both $50 each (on sale!). It was seriously the best running money I ever spent. These pieces have lasted me several years now and are the only reason I can brave running outside during Pennsylvania winters.
One thing I have not been able to figure out is the glove situation. I have tried all types of gloves but they are either TOO warm and make my hands sweat (and then freeze) or they are not warm enough and they just freeze up right away.
My $4 Wal Mart gloves are too warm.
My $30 Under Armor gloves only work if the temperature is 40 degrees or warmer.
(WORST running money I ever spent!)
In other news... this came in the mail yesterday. Just to torture me.
A "RUNNER PASSPORT"!? I never had a "RUNNER PASSPORT" before!
HOLY *INSERT YOUR OWN EXPLETIVE HERE* I REALLY WANT TO RUN THIS RACE!!!!
What is the coldest temperature you have ever run in?
What's your favorite article of cold running gear?
Give me some advice on gloves to get! I am clueless...