Snow Running

For the first time in a long time I had a post-snow run today that was still really snowy.  We got 10-12 inches of snow a couple of days ago and my run today was both fun and frustrating.  I overestimated the amount of snow the sun could melt in a day, so the one time I got off into the park I was met with two-foot drifts and treacherous stretches of ice.  I stuck to the bike lane and cleared sidewalks after that.

I’ve been asked many times how I manage to run in cold and snowy weather.  As far as temperature, running tights are a must-have as far as I’m concerned.  I wear them from about 45 degrees and colder.  My legs do still get a little bit cold if the temperature is below 30, but I know other runners who wear two pairs for super cold runs.  I plan to try that at some point.  If it’s very windy, you can also wear wind pants over your tights to stay warmer. (more…)

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Blow and Go

I’ve learned (repeatedly) that there are things about running that you pretty much have to find out on your own.  There’s no universal beginner’s manual or central repository for running knowledge.  (Although there are some very good running sites and blogs out there.  Check my resources page for a list.)

One thing they never tell you is that your nose will run sometimes and you will need to figure out a way to get the snot out of your head.  Luckily, you have some options and I’m going to tell you about them. (more…)

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