Happy Friday! Today I’m linking up for Friday Five 2.0 with Rachel from Running on Happy and Lacey and Meranda from Fairytales and Fitness. We’re right in the middle of February, so today’s topic of winter fitness rants seems more than appropriate!
Let me preface this post by saying that I am a cold weather runner. I absolutely, without a doubt, HATE running in the Summer. I literally complain about every outdoor run from June-September. This past summer was BRUTAL because I started training for the NYC Marathon in July. Logging long runs starting at 6am in 100% humidity and 80+ degree weather made me want to strangle someone. I would much rather run in 20 degree weather vs. 80 degree weather ANY DAY! That being said, there are still a few rants that I have about running in the Winter.
Electronics do not like cold weather. I’ve had my iPod and cell phone die more times that I can count during a run. One thing that seems to work is keeping thses items “warm” in a running belt or jacket pocket. I still find that the cold weather kills my battery foron these items, but 20% battery is better than nothing at all!
So.Much.Laundry! I don’t know about you but it seems like I do laundry more often during the winter. Bundling up for an outdoor run requires more than one layer of clothing. Combine that with gloves, headbands and hats and you’ve got a pile of laundry that just won’t quit.
When you run in the spring/summer, you can get away with running in a shirt/sports bra and shorts. You can’t exactly do that in the winter – well you can, but you’ll get frostbite! Winter running requires two, sometimes three layers of clothing. Not only does this result in a bunch of laundry, but it can also make running a little more restrictive. It can hard to “get in the zone” when you feel bogged down by clothing. Check out the handy guide below to see how to layer up for your winter run
Having dealt with this last week, it’s still very fresh in my mind. If you want to run through a snow storm, more power to you, but you really shouldn’t run on ice. I don’t care how “experienced” you are with running in crappy weather – you will surely bust your butt on the ice. Also, is it worth injury just to run outside? I don’t think so, so just take it to treadmill. Ice can be super annoying because there is the ice you can see, and then of course there’s black ice. Both are dangerous for runners.
By far the most annoying thing during a winter run is my running nose. Not only is it gross, but it makes it harder to breathe and focus on the run. I’m constantly grabbing tissues from my coat pocket/Spibelt during the first 1-2 miles because my nose is like a faucet (sorry, TMI). If anyone has any tips on how to avoid this, please let me know!
What do you dislike most about running in the winter?