The forecast for Silver Spring, Md., at 7 p.m., when I’m slated to meet up for my group run: 30 degrees. Clear. Feels like 21 degrees. Wind, 10 mph from the N/NW. My teeth are chattering just thinking about it.
It’s apparently going to warm up a bit by the weekend. But for tonight, it’s back to my cold-weather coping mechanisms.
My main line of defense: My several layers of running clothes, including: my ancient Brooks running tights; a technical T-shirt and long-sleeved shirt; a fleece hat from the George Washington 10K Classic; my Mizuno Breath Thermo gloves, made from some fancy material that actually heats up when you sweat; a pair of fleece gloves (yep, I even layer my gloves); and finally, if it’s really cold, an old North Face fleece. Now, of course, I add my reflective vest as the final layer.
A few other helpful resources:
- A guest blog post from my Minnesotan running friend about coping with the cold.
- A collection of Runner’s World stories about coping with the cold, compiled here. This includes some tips from David Nieman, Ph.D., who heads the Human Performance Laboratory at Appalachian State University, including this winner: If you’re worried about it being too cold to breathe comfortably, try wearing a neck gaiter and covering your nose and mouth with it. Your breath will humidify the air, making it easier to breathe. So simple!
How do you cope with the cold? What piece of cold-weather gear can you not live without? Share your tips by posting a comment!