Top 5 Tuesday: Running in the cold

So many of you know, I am a Floridian who has recently moved to North Carolina. I think the coldest I ever ran in Florida was in the 50s….well except that one Disney 5K in 2014 it was in the 20s. It was torture, and I was completely unprepared during that race. When I say unprepared I mean clothing wise. I ran in shorts the whole year in Florida. So I only had 1 pair of running tights in my whole wardrobe- they weren’t even that warm.

Anyway, this late fall in NC, I am learning how to function runnning in the cold and have learned a lot of things that work for me along the way. I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve learned for those that all like me who come from warmer climates. The people from Maine or other northern states are probably laughing at this post because in Raleigh the coldest it’s been in 20 degrees so far.


Top 5 Tuesday: Things I’ve learned about running in the cold

1. Sleep in your running clothes. That way when you wake up at 6:30 am and it’s 20 or 30 degrees out, you have no excuse but to get out of your bed.

2. Not all fleece lined running tights are created equal. The best pair of Polartec running tights I own are from Athleta. The other cheaper pair I have already has so many pills on them, and looks ratty. I still wear them because who really cares as long as I am nice and toasty. I’m already not usually matching when I run!

3. After the 1st mile, I am so unbelievably hot with my two jackets, fleece lined pants, gloves, and winter hat (This sounds excessive doesn’t it?) Mile 2, I end up running a lap back up to the house shedding all my extra clothes on the driveway. My neighbors must this I’m nuts because I’m doing all this while running in circles around the cul de-sac, so I don’t stop running.

4. Do not, I repeat, do not look up the temperature before running in the morning. You know it’s cold, dress appropriately. It’s that simple. I know looking at that weather in the morning on my phone before I get out of bed is a huge deterrence for me to run. 22 degrees outside doesn’t sound welcoming to me to come outside and run for 10 miles in the freezing cold, while meanwhile I could be in my nice and warm bed with my pooch. Just akin get suggestions here.

5. I’ve been warned about the infamous black ice from co-workers from work. It’s not just something you have to worry about while driving your car in the winter. Oh no, that isn’t enough for Jack Frost. Beware of the invisible-injury promoting-risky weather while running or you just may slip and fall. Eyes on the road, people.

Don’t get me wrong, running in the cold definitely has its perks such as being able to get those PRs! It does make my half marathon training feel like a breeze, but I still have to convince myself to bare the cold. I’m still learning to love running in cold and some mornings are easier than others. Happy running with the cooler temperatures 🙂

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Laura says:

    Thanks for sharing! I am adjusting to running in CO. I actually grew up here, but the bulk of my running didn’t happen until my adult life, which has mostly happened in the SF Bay. So the gear is something new. I hate feeling cold, but then end up overdressed just like you! Still trying to find a pair of gloves that are warm enough… Love your blog layout btw. (ANNDDD ramble over!)


    1. Right now I’m using runner throw away gloves. I got them at a race expo last month-they aren’t pretty but they work! Also just the basic $5 gloves from Target work too.


      1. Laura says:

        Hmm… perhaps you have better circulation than I do… my gloves are warmer than the Target variety and don’t really do the trick on long runs… Maybe I should double up. I don’t know why that’s just now occurring to me!


  2. Yes, the hardest part is the first step. And every year you have to relearn how to dress in the cold, too!

    I couldn’t sleep in my running clothes though. Too form fitting (and I’d probably already be sweating!). I do like sleeping in old race tees though . . .


  3. KJ Coco says:

    My favourite bit “sleep in your running clothes”. I thought I was the only one. I use my Skins A400 tights as recovery tights but they are also epic Running tights. So it’s a double win. Check them out if you ever get chance.


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