Nov 14, 2014

Five Other Cold Weather Running Tips | Friday Five

The weather has started to turn here in northern Virginia. It's petering back-and-forth between nice & crisp and just the other side of cold, especially during early morning hours I enjoy running. Before too long, it will likely be just cold. In this week's Friday Five linkup we look at tips for dealing with that oncoming weather. But, it's not really my style to take the traditional route. This week's topic is

Five Other Cold Weather Running Tips

Five (Other) Cold Weather Running Tips

1. Run really really fast

When you run, you get warm. Run faster, get warmer. Run even faster, get even warmer. In theory, you should be able to run fast enough for it to feel like springtime. Cold weather adverted. For bonus points, run in corduroy pants and use the additional friction to your advantage.

2. Battery Powered Heated Clothing

Invest in some battery power. Heated socks, heated shirt, heated pants - it's the way to go. Go more power! Just don't go the way of Tim the Tool Man Taylor.

3. Rum run

Employ the secret abilities of the alcohol jacket. This comes from a recent conversation on #bibchat, where a typo led to an amazing idea of the rum run. That would, in fact, be a great way to fight the cold as well. If you went to college in the northeast, I'm sure you know the value of an alcohol jacket, so we'll just leave it at that.

4. Become a Snowbird

Simple solution. Live the way of the snowbird. Go away from the snow. Act like a retiree who has the option to spend the winter away from the winter. Florida, Arizona, Texas or maybe a little more exotic like the Caribbean if you're really feeling fancy. Sip mai tais and run in shorts until the spring comes. Just don't forget the sunscreen.

5. Hibernate until Spring

The bears may just have this one figured out. Go out, have a grand old time eating all the food, snuggle up in a cocoon of blankets and sleep it off until the weather thaws. Better yet, find a bear. You'll get a big snuggly cuddle partner who will also act as your alarm clock for spring. Granted, it's an alarm clock with claws, but an alarm clock none the less.

Linking Up

Check here for some links out to others sharing, staring with our three lovely hosts: Courtney, Cynthia and Mar. Check their posts (Eat Pray Run DC, You Signed Up for What?! and Mar on the Run to see the full set of links). I will add some others, usually randomly, as I read them to share the love. Go visit and keep reading!


Our hosts:

Eat Pray Run, DC

You Signed Up for What?!

Mar on the Run

Some other good reads, pulled from the link up:

Fairytales and Fitness

HoHo Runs

Lesley @ In Lesley's Corner

32 comments:

  1. Lol, love this! I'd like to become a snowbird. :)

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    1. Yeah. I'm fine at dealing with the cold, but I have to admit it'd be a nice life.

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  2. This made me laugh because we actually are snowbirds. We moved from NH to NC to get away from wicked winter weather!

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    1. Haha. You just non-migratory snowbirds. You went down and just didn't come back. We were actually looking at warmer climates for a while because my wife is not a fan of the cold and northern VA still has too much winter for he.

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  3. Haha this is fabulous John! I think your best one yet.

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  4. Pretty funny! I'd wear the battery ones for standing and watching holiday parades.

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    1. The batter powered blanket would work well for that as well. I'm the type of person that hates cold feet. Other areas won't affect me as much, but cold feet makes all of me cold.

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  5. I'm certainly not a cold weather person! This weekend is suppose to be our first cold snap. It's a good thing I'll be flying to a warmer climate for a few days!

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    1. Sounds like you have it lined up perfectly. When we went to WDW Marathon Weekend this past January when we flew out of NJ we were slightly delayed getting on the plane because the breezeway door froze open and we had to wait for them to close it before walking down to plane. Man, was I glad to go all the way to Florida at that point.

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  6. Very funny! I think sometimes I do #1, and sometimes hibernation is tempting!

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    1. I'm not sure I have a really really fast setting. And hibernation is always a valid option, I think.

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  7. Ha ha... these are great :) I especially love the idea of the alcohol jacket ;)

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  8. Brilliant. All of these . . .just brilliant.

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  9. LOL Love the rum run idea! Sounds perfect!

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    1. It seems to be gathering a lot of support. Time to plan Rum Run 2015.

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  10. If you move to Texas, avoid north Texas. It gets plenty cold here and I'm under layers and drinking hot drinks at work.

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    1. That's good to know. I'm almost always drinking hot drinks as work but thats because it's how the coffee comes out.

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  11. lol. that rum run sounds amazing. count me in!

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    1. Another supporter. I'll have to check with Bacardi and Captain Morgan as potential sponsors.

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  12. I would definitely like to go the way of the bears and just wait it out; unfortunately, I'd then have to train and only race during the extreme heat of the summer...ugh. It definitely sounds like a great idea right now, though - ha! And, I'll definitely be as big as a bear when the thaw comes...

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    1. There's many a morning I think of just rolling back over and trying to hibernate, but never quite happens.

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  13. Haha! I love the snowbird suggestion, how do I sign up for that? ;)

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    1. Simple: http://www.trulia.com/for_rent/Windermere,FL

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  14. Hah! I was just in Phoenix. Gorgeous running weather when the sun's not up.

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    1. Well at least you won't need to worry about sunburn then, so as a ginger I count that as a plus.

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  15. I think I should try running with beer. Yeah, I think that's the perfect answer.

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    1. Beer is always the answer. I don't even need to know the question. ;-)

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  16. Haha - love this. Rum Run and battery powered heat clothing sound amazing :)

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  17. Hi,
    Nice post indeed. I learnt some new things from here

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