Because the gyms are currently closed, so I can’t run on a treadmill, I am now running outdoors this winter. As my wife and others have told me, it’s just a question of having the right gear!
This morning, it was -11C outside when I went for my usual 5K run in my neighbourhood. Here’s what I wore, in more or less the order that I put it on:
- Running shorts
- 2 long-sleeved T-shirts
- Compression socks
- Heavy wool socks
- Long underwear
- Long pants
- Wool sweater
- Heavy running jacket
- Running headphones
- Running shoes with nanospikes
Once I had all of this on, it wasn’t actually that bad out. I can probably do up to at least -15C with this gear.
The nanospikes, especially, are wonderful – they’re cleats that attach to running shoes and provide traction on slippery roads or sidewalks. So far, I have successfully used them in heavy snow and on slippery ice without problems. I wind up running more slowly with them on than without, but my legs get more of a workout with them on, so it’s an acceptable tradeoff. Besides, I’m getting out into the fresh air!
I tend to go at dawn or a little before, when there are fewer people out – mostly, it’s just the early morning dog walkers. Because I live near a neighbourhood with low population density and sidewalks on both sides of the street, at that time of the morning I can run without worrying about whether I am getting too close to anyone. This is a bit of a relief.
Anyway, I’m still heading out there, and the regular exercise is healthy for me. I am looking forward to warmer weather, though!