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My Advice for Running in the Cold

Updated: Dec 30, 2019

The temperature is starting to drop which means we will soon be running in the cold. All runners continue running throughout the winter, including myself, but there comes a certain point and temperature where I take my workouts inside. When the temperature drops below 30, it becomes harder to run especially on the lungs. You are now breathing in extremely cold temperatures, thinner air, hurting your lungs and increasing your chances for getting a cold or a nasty cough.

This photo was taken at the start on the Ann Arbor Marathon. I thought April would be a fine month for running in Michigan, but I was wrong. It was below 30 with a wind chill in the 20s. I immediately got sick, developed a nasty cough and was out of commission for over a week. My body was very cold but not as uncomfortable has my lungs, eyes and skin were. I did not bring enough layers to keep me warm even though I brought with me the clothes I typically run in in the cold including:

  • Under Armour Cold Gear long sleeve top

  • Under Armour Cold Gear Compression Running Pants

  • Lululemon Insulated Running JacketNeck Warmer

  • Lululemon Running Beanie

  • Brooks Gloves that turn into mittens

  • Feetures Merino Wool Socks

  • Hot Hands for both the hands and feet

Because it was even colder than I predicted, I ended up wearing the race day shirt, my SOAS racing hat to keep the beanie in place and provide extra warmth. We also brought these heat sheets from home to keep us warm until the start of the race.

So my advice to you, if you want to run in the cold, I recommend not doing so in temperatures below 30. Your body may heat up 20 degrees, but the effects the cold will have on your body in regards to face, eyes and lungs will make it so much more uncomfortable. If you always run in the cold, no matter what, just make sure your are clothed properly.

Running on the treadmill may suck, but getting pneumonia or bronchitis is worse in my opinion.

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