I lived in a very cold climate (Fargo/Bismarck, North Dakota) for about 5 years and ran in the Fall/Winter/Spring (yes, all 3 VERY cold seasons) outdoors during my time there. It is possible to do that if you are smart about what you wear. As these Winter months begin, don't feel like you can't enjoy the outdoors and get stuck on your treadmill until April. Follow some of these tips for fun winter training.
1. Don't Overdress: The worst thing you can do is wear too much. You want to walk outside and still feel a bit "cool." If you step outside, ready to run, and you are warm- you will be too warm on your run. This is always a good rule of thumb.
2. Wear Mittens, Not Gloves: You want your entire hand to be able to collapse and your fingers to touch. That is going to allow for more bloodflow and your hands wont get too cold.
3. Proper head coverage is a must!: Get a nice beanie or even balaclava (depending on the temp- I had to wear one of those once it gets below -10degreesF or so) that wicks moisture away, but that covers your ears as well. You want your head to be protected.
4. Wear Sunglasses: The windchill can be pretty nasty when it is cold. Take the time to protect your eyes as well. That will also help keep your eyelashes from getting frozen together.
HAVE FUN TRAINING! Don't let the cold stand in your way!
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