We had about 10cm of snowfall last week, and I went out for my first winter run of the season yesterday. It was -5C outside, and I wore a long-sleeved tech shirt, a Sugoi jacket, my favourite Mizuno tights and regular running socks. I wore gloves at the beginning of my run, but removed them after less than 10min...my hands get hot! The sidewalks in my neighbourhood ranged from completely clear and dry, to icy patches, to uncleared soft snow. I ran for an hour, covering only about 7.5km. Much slower than my usual (already slow) pace.
Many people don't like winter running. I am one of them. I am the type of person who can run on a treadmill for 2-3 hours if required, just to avoid the -25C wind chill and slippery sidewalks. I don't mind the cold so much if the wind chill isn't crazy; I'm more worried about slipping and breaking my neck. When I do venture outside, I have a few rules:
1. Absolutely. Do. Not. Worry about pace. I am out there in the cold, dealing with dicey surfaces, sweating under my layers of clothing. I'm working just as hard as I do in fair weather, even if I'm running slower.
2. If I am still miserable 15-20min into the run, I am allowed to bail and run on the treadmill. Occasionally, I am even allowed to skip the rest of my run and treat myself to a nice hot shower and a mug of hot chocolate.
3. Slushy conditions are no go. I'm not running in cold, soggy socks.
How do you deal with winter running? Do you brave the elements, or brave the monotony of the treadmill? Or do you abandon running for another sport? Discuss :)