Sunday, February 7, 2010

Running In The Winter With Nut Jobs

This post is for the reluctant runners who keep getting yanked from their warm, cozy nest by some crazed nut job insisting on running outside in the winter.  (See picture above for example of nut jobs.)

Below are a few winter running tips to help you survive in the nut job environment:

Tight is Right - wear tight fitting clothes to keep the heat in.  Top it off with a good wind jacket and the toughest mental attitude you can pretend to have.

Vaseline - Put it on your lips and nose and any other exposed part of your face.  Also spread some on your knuckles and finger tips before putting your gloves on.   It's a great insulator and protection from the wind on those mean and nasty days.  And who doesn't look good with Vaseline rubbed all over them?

Duct Tape - I've read that duct taping your shoes for extreme cold runs is a good thing.  Haven't tried it yet, but I'm throwing a roll into my running bag.  Duct tape has many uses.  You really shouldn't go anywhere without it.  For some examples, see Innovative Uses For Duct Tape.

Toe Warmers - They're not just for your toes.  Buy the kind that have adhesive on them so you can stick them right onto your water bottle.  "Frozen water" syndrome will be a thing of the past.

Also, if your nut job running friend is training for an ultra and eying you up for companionship on the long runs (20 - 40 miles in the snow and wind) it wouldn't hurt to sign up for a survival course at the local YMCA.

Check out the upcoming Beast Of Burden Winter 100 and you'll understand what I mean.

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