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Cold Running: Gloves Make the Difference

Written By: der5er - Oct• 24•08

photo credit: Seb….

Monday morning, I set out to run and it was about 35 degrees outside.  I’ve never run when it was that cold.  I layered up with long pants, long sleeve tech shirt, sweat shirt and a stocking cap.  I didn’t find any gloves the first time I looked, so I went out with bare hands.  Big, I mean BIG, mistake.  I made it about a half mile and made the decision to run on home.  This was way too cold for running.  

Tuesday morning, I decided to give it another try.  It was, again, about 35 degrees, and I layered the same.  This time, however, I found a pair of gloves!  They were thin cotton stretchy gloves that I didn’t think would do much.  Boy was I wrong.  

Where Monday I had felt the cold on my face and my knuckles chill me all the way down to my toes, Tuesday was different.  I no longer felt the cold on my knuckles, so this made the cold on my face seem not so bad.  It was really amazing.  Then, of course, about a mile into my run I started getting really warm and took the gloves and hat off.  The rest of my 4 miles that day were a breeze.

I’m not sure why the gloves made me so much more comfortable, but they did.  The sweatshirt was a little too warm by the time I finished running, so on Wednesday I just used an additional cotton t-shirt over my tech shirt.  This allowed the tech shirt to wick away moisture and the t-shirt to hold some heat in.  It’s a system that works perfectly for now.  I probably won’t run too much in the cold weather once the half-marathon is over, but it’s nice to know I can.  After the half-marathon, I’ll be supplementing my running workouts with exercises I can do on the floor of the living room quietly, without waking anyone at 5:00 in the morning!

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