As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I lived in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin for several years (2005-2010). I’ve experienced cold. I know what it feels like. I’m not like someone in LA complaining about having to put on a jacket. Well anyways, lately it’s been downright cold. I saw on the news the other day that we had the coldest recorded temperature since 2004 at -5 F (-20 C). There’s also a bunch of snow and ice on the roads and sidewalks. Last but not least, the air quality has been bad, as we’re going through a period they call “inversion,” where smog gets trapped in between the mountains. All in all, not ideal conditions for running outdoors.
That said, I just can’t get myself to run on a treadmill.I really despise them.We have one in our pain cave, and yet I’ve used it maaaybe four times in the past four years.I’d say two of those times I was home "babysitting" while my kids were asleep and my wife was out of the house.The other two I succumbed to pouring rain and windy conditions.My wife loves the treadmill, using it at least 3x a week.I somewhat enjoy riding indoors on the trainer, but for some reason I just can’t stand running indoors.
With temperatures hovering in the single digits, this week I achieved a new personal record for clothing worn during a run. I’d never before run with three long-sleeve shirts on, but it was quite effective. I also experimented with something I’ll call the “double decker,” which is wearing a tight-fitting beanie underneath a bigger, more loose-fitting one. It too was quite effective. Despite being in the Rockies I decided against extra gloves, and had my regular running pants.
baby it's cold outside
I thought for sure I’d be plenty warm or even too hot once I got going, but I never really was. It was juuust right. At one point I took off my second hat, but upon turning into the wind a few minutes later it went right back on. While I’m happy to have discovered these methods, Mother Nature could you please turn up the heat just a few degrees? Appreciate it.