I’ve heard other runners talk about running the cold. They ask, “How cold is cold?” I suppose it’s all relative – those living in Florida will define “cold” differently than those living in Canada! I myself lived in Minnesota one winter, and it was this winter that I came up with my bottom limits of “cold” for running. I will run if the temperature is above 0°F (-17.78°C) and if the wind chill is above -10°F (-23.3°C). I ran in these temperatures, at night, in Minnesota. The funny thing is that I was not the only one out there running! Humans can be a hardy breed.
If you want to run in the cold weather, my advice is to dress in layers (I usually dress in about 8 layers, which include t-shirts, a long-sleeved flannel shirt, a long-sleeved “silk” undershirt, a sweatshirt, and my top layer). The most important thing to do in the cold weather is to make sure your mouth is covered with something – a scarf, a neck warmer, anything. This way, when you’re breathing, you aren’t breathing in frigid air. Also, this may be obvious, but you should wear mittens instead of gloves. And, I’m not a fan of hats, personally; but I usually will wear one if the temperature is below 20°F (-6.67°C).
Happy running, folks! 🙂