10
Oct
09

Welcome Back Cold Weather Running

It’s now the middle of October and the warm weather of summer has given way to the cooler weather of fall.  Here in Minneapolis the cool weather of fall has already given way to some almost wintry weather.  Yes, cold weather is back.  This morning I woke up at 7am to see it was 24 degrees in downtown Minneapolis and that there was about an inch of snow on the ground.

A Healthy Coating of Snow on the Cars

A Healthy Coating of Snow on the Cars

By some stroke of luck, or by the luck of me checking the weather report earlier in the week, while running errands yesterday at Target I happened to purchase a pair of running tights and some gloves.  I’m pretty sure that now that I own running tights and tight running shirts for running the cold that I’m officially a runner.  This provided me a nice chance to test of the tights, and I have to say that I was really pleased with the performance despite the fact that they’re just cheap tights from Target.  I never felt cold despite the fact that the temperature never rose about 30 during my run.

I'm sure those sprinklers help when it's 25 degrees outside

I'm sure those sprinklers help when it's 25 degrees outside

Unlike a lot of runners I’ve spoken to, I love running in the cold weather — blame it on my Minnesota blood.  When training for the Pittsburgh Marathon some of my favorite runs were when it was brutally cold outside (for Pittsburgh, at least) — when the temperature was down below 10 degrees.  One of the greatest things about running when it’s cold is that it’s quiet.  There’s some magic in being the first person to break into the a nice thin layer of snow.

I wasn't the first runner out this morning

I wasn't the first runner out this morning

Running in the snow isn’t always great.  There were a couple of bridges that ended up a little like skating rinks this morning, but they were clustered early in the run.  Also, a section of my path was boardwalk with snow on top of it, which I decided it was better to just avoid because of the potential danger of ice on the wood.  However, for today, the cold weather proved to be a great run.  I ran 18 quality miles at a pace that was better than my typical marathon pace — a great training run for the New York City Marathon in a few weeks.  The plan called for 20 miles today, but given the marathon I ran on Sunday, this was perfect.  Cold weather, beautiful snow, and quiet.  I look forward to quite a few more quiet cold morning runs.

What about you?  Do you live in a climate where the weather gets cold?  How does the cold weather change your training routine?

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