I guess I moved to the Artic?

Moving to DC I expected 30 degrees winters not 8. I am not prepared for this at all. After my experience with the weather this morning, I’ve decided that while my ancestors may have originated in Russia, we’re now officially removed.

Weather like this impacts training. It’s no revelation or secret. But it still sucks. Question now is whether to do a yoga DVD when I get home or cross train on an exercise bike… options (yoga DVD is the current frontrunner).

Oh the Weather outside is Weather - FSM

Oh the Weather outside is Weather – FSM

Here’s my question! If you run in weather like this, how do you do it? What do you wear? Are you from Alaska?



11 Comments on “I guess I moved to the Artic?

  1. My vote… curl up on the sofa with Maggie and watch a movie!!! πŸ˜‰

  2. I second the Maggie and movie vote, and say add a warm drink to the mix!

    • I ended of logging 2 easy miles at the gym in my building, followed by sitcoms and fetch with Maggie. Yep… fetch. πŸ™‚

  3. Haha! I live in Minnesota (although I am not from here) and it typically is not above 0 for most of my runs from December through February. My biggest piece of advice is try to run in the evenings. Wear layers. And invest in good running gloves and a running jacket.

    • Thanks for the tips. I don’t know how you do it! I think I’ll have to make a few investment pieces for next year at the end of the season.

  4. Very topical post! πŸ™‚ Definitely agree with Jane on making sure you have the gear – but really, even with the gear you need to figure out your limits, and also set up alternatives. I have body-weight exercise routines for when it is too icy or there is active lightning and so on. But as you noted from my blog … I am one of those idiots who runs in very cold weather! πŸ™‚

    • I admire your ability to gauge your limits. I feel like I’m in for some trial and error over the next few months.

      • Trial and error is how I figured out what works. Of course, figuring out if new tights and gloves work by running in -20 wind chills at 4:30AM is probably not the best system!

  5. Definitely trial and error. I’m up in Toronto Canada and, while we’re not as cold as some other northern places, it can often get really icy out. I’ll run in pretty much anything except that! The risk of injury is just too much. So winter running for me is usually: thicker socks, full length tights, long sleeve shirt, very very bright running jacket and a tuque of course!

    • Ooo Ice is the worst. I understand not running in that. Falling and hurting oneself is not something to be taken lightly! Now you bring up a good point… thicker socks? I always run in the Thorlo’s Experia sock. I’m weary of trying something else.
      Oh btw… totally had to Google Tuque! πŸ™‚

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