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2010-10-19 9:54 PM
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I agree with those saying "with the right gear, there's really no limit." I've regularly done around 15 below, with my max being around 22 below, and it's never made me sick. YakTrax are a MUST!

And, I just HAVE to share this photo from the finish of the 2009 Winter Carnival Half Marathon. It's the year it was shortened to a 10K because of the 12 below temps with windchills around 20-25 below. I ran with my camera and grabbed a frozen / bloody shot at the finishline. Love. It.



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2010-10-19 9:58 PM
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p.s. I was not "frozen." That was just condensation on my facial hair. I've never gotten frostbite or anything nasty. (Although, I have learned to wear a layer over my man-region to avoid "him" getting too cold....)
2010-10-20 9:34 AM
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Yeah, the yaktrax (or similar product) are great.   I was SO bummed when I got home after a particularly challenging run with slush and ice and one of my grippers had gone missing!  I am sure it turned up mangled in someone's snow blower soon enough.  Oh well.

The one thing that doesn't work is any sort of speed work.  I figured the stabilization required to run outside more than makes up for any speed work.  Kind of like running on a soft trail in the summer.

2010-10-20 11:57 AM
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Winter running is a great time to put away the watch and the Garmin and all that jazz and just go out and run. Don't worry about pace or anything--plonking through two-foot high drifts or mincy-footing across icy patches or doing the slushpuddle-dodge is not conducive to PRs or speed.

That's why it's one of my favorite times of the year to run--there's zero pressure, and you always come inside feeling like a badass who has accomplished something with their day. :-)
2010-10-20 1:03 PM
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Totally!  I also might be occasionally grateful for the chance to slow down a little, scale a small wall of plowed snow, etc.  Just running for time when I go out there.

mmrocker13 - 2010-10-20 11:57 AM Winter running is a great time to put away the watch and the Garmin and all that jazz and just go out and run. Don't worry about pace or anything--plonking through two-foot high drifts or mincy-footing across icy patches or doing the slushpuddle-dodge is not conducive to PRs or speed.

That's why it's one of my favorite times of the year to run--there's zero pressure, and you always come inside feeling like a badass who has accomplished something with their day. :-)

2010-10-24 3:11 PM
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mmrocker13 - 2010-10-20 11:57 AM

Winter running is a great time to put away the watch and the Garmin and all that jazz and just go out and run. Don't worry about pace or anything--plonking through two-foot high drifts or mincy-footing across icy patches or doing the slushpuddle-dodge is not conducive to PRs or speed.

That's why it's one of my favorite times of the year to run--there's zero pressure, and you always come inside feeling like a badass who has accomplished something with their day. :-)


Reminds me of a bike ride I went on recently after my last race of the season. I rode a loop that I often do, but the whole time I was saying to myself "dang, this is really pretty." When you're pushing it and glancing at the garming every minute, you tend to miss the whole point of being outside. It didn't hurt that the month of October was absolutely gorgeous this year.


2010-10-27 2:30 PM
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I LOVE winter running. Maybe more than running in the hot, humid summers. I think my personal cold record was 4 miles in -2F air temp and winds 15-20 mph. I over dressed and was just roasting by the time I was done. Get the right gear and its actually quite comfortable to run in the winter, I think.

On those icy and/or packed snow trails, I love running in my Screw Shoes. They're the easiest thing in the world to make: your current trainers + some machine head screws + a power drill or screwdriver = super sure-footed winter running. Here's a tutorial on how to make them: http://www.skyrunner.com/screwshoe.htm

Happy Winter Running!

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2010-10-31 11:05 AM
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BikerGrrrl - 2010-10-20 9:34 AM

The one thing that doesn't work is any sort of speed work.  I figured the stabilization required to run outside more than makes up for any speed work.  Kind of like running on a soft trail in the summer.



That's what the Dome is for.  http://www.runmdra.org/index.php/programs/12-dome-running
5 laps=2 miles
2010-10-31 4:22 PM
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Ouch - hard concrete with a constant lean to the left while circling? No thanks!  I reserve the Dome for roller skating

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BikerGrrrl - 2010-10-20 9:34 AM

The one thing that doesn't work is any sort of speed work.  I figured the stabilization required to run outside more than makes up for any speed work.  Kind of like running on a soft trail in the summer.



That's what the Dome is for.  http://www.runmdra.org/index.php/programs/12-dome-running
5 laps=2 miles

2010-10-31 9:37 PM
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Run faster and you can lean to the right.

2010-11-20 3:33 PM
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I'm with Hydro. Below 30 and I'm on the treadmill. But not simply because I'm being a wimp. I have a medical condition that keeps me in. In the last year, I started developing hives in cold weather on any exposed skin. After living in MN my whole life, this ushers in my 31st year! Go figure...you'd think I would be grandfathered into the cold here. So, I'm one of those stuck on the treadmill all winter. I've made my peace with it now.


2010-12-01 1:34 AM
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I've already switched to x-c skiing, so I don't run much in the winter, but I also take the position that with the right gear it's never too cold.  Just make sure you have a face mask on once it gets below 15-10f to protect your lungs. Breathing deep in the cold cold isn't good for you. 

2010-12-02 12:52 PM
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Alright, the CA/TX guy went for a run in the cold today (12 F here).  Not too bad.  Next time I'll consider covering my ears, but it was enjoyable.

 

2010-12-02 3:56 PM
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Unless you have a health condition, nothing will happen to your lungs when running in the cold. And 15 degrees really isn't that cold, anyway. :-)
2010-12-02 4:34 PM
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I ran quite a bit in the winter for the first few years I trained, but got out of the habit last year.  After the budget cuts within the local services it seems like the previously perfect path systems are not groomed as regularly and thus once they get icy you are pretty much screwed until Spring.   I don't need 100 little heart attacks as my feet slide on an icy patch.  My inner thighs get quite the workout, though.

Anyway, I am embarrassed after a run on Tuesday.   I wore my usual winter running outfit and was COLD.  I didn't even sweat, which is highly unusual for me during any workout.  I guess I need to toughen up and also add an extra layer next time.  Bummer!

I think it's common for folks to experience breathing issues when it's cold, although maybe that is just asthmatics.  They are a lot of people with asthma.  It doesn't affect me at all that I have noticed, but I do prefer at least starting out with a gaiter.  It usually gets too hot and I pull it down or off entirely.

2010-12-02 9:44 PM
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maybe it is the swimmer in me, but i love running on an indoor track.   being able to know distance and predict times is so nice.  just like in a pool.   cant run on a treadmill at all.  I always feel like i will fall off the back end like you see the people on "the biggest loser" do on their first workouts.  OUCH.


2010-12-03 8:58 AM
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I'd be up for track running, if it was on a regular sized track.  When I belonged to Lifetime, the track options were tiny and the constant lean was exhausting.  LA Fitness, where I go now, doesn't have tracks.  Where do you run?

peteweb55403 - 2010-12-02 9:44 PM maybe it is the swimmer in me, but i love running on an indoor track.   being able to know distance and predict times is so nice.  just like in a pool.   cant run on a treadmill at all.  I always feel like i will fall off the back end like you see the people on "the biggest loser" do on their first workouts.  OUCH.

2010-12-03 9:17 AM
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There are quite a few 200 m. (or larger) indoor tracks in the area that you can use for free if you're a member or pay a drop-in fee.

Examples...Are you a U alum? (or do you work at an "associate"...like Fairview, etc.) If so, you can buy a membership for $32-40/month and use the fieldhouse.

If you're a Y member (metro membership), the Minneapolis Sports Center at the Midtown Y has a 200 m. track.

The Oval in Roseville has a 7 lap to the mile (like 230 m.) indoor track. Bielenberg sports center also has one (in Woodbury). Woodbury is $2/daily or a 20-pack for $25.



2010-12-03 9:31 AM
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Hopkins Rec Center (Lindberg Center at Hopkins High School - close to you Emily!) has an indoor track that is 300 meters which equals about 5.5 laps per mile.  Basic single memberships are very cheap at $75 per year or family memberships are $105.  Add a little to those prices if you want to use the weight room too.  Daily use fee is only $5 or you can get a 10-use punch card for $40.   We belonged to it when we use to live just down the street.
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