I'm going to be traveling from San Diego to the New England area this winter and have been preparing my cold-weather running gear so I'm not in shock when I go out for a run. Hat, gloves, vest, l/s mid-weight base layer, tights under my shorts, and I'm thinking about some waterproof trail runners. Check out the article Running in cold weather to make sure you're covered. Are you geared up for winter?
When it gets really cold like last night (-6F), Im near Montreal in Canada. I like to wear a neoprene face scarf, usualy used for downhill skiing. Keeps the face warm and warms up the air you take in a bit. I run a small loop (640m) that is usualy has a bit of snow, so I stud my Asics with 1/2" sheet metal screws (hex head) for better traction.
Active Toby --
Welcome to New England!!
Sheet metal screws / Screw Shoes work very well for 20 miles (much better than any strap-on system). However, if you are going to be here a while you are going to want to get Icespike ( http://icespike.net ) which will last the whole winter. By far the best traction system out there! 8-10 screws should do the trick -- keep them to the periphery / edge of the shoe so that there are no pressure points under your foot.
Don't forget to stay visible -- watch out for snow banks, use reflective clothing and headlight -- cars always win encounters with runners!!
Speaking of cold it's hitting -36C with wind tonight here in Calgary. Going out in the morning - definitely need 2-3 layers everywhere in this cold. I have a full head balaclava, a fleece face cover, and good old fashioned ski goggles to keep my eyes/lashes from freezing. That's really only for the -20C (-5F) and colder range. Traction-wise, the Icespike system Ron mentions is the best. We all found out about it last year and everyone I know who runs up here is now using these.
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