Maybe it is mental, but why is it harder to get my breath running in colder weather sometimes? It seems like i don't have the same kick or same amount of oxygen that I would normally have during 45+ degree weather.
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I feel the same way. I do not like the way it feels to breathe in the cold air. I prefer 45+ as well. I do most of my running on the treadmill when it gets cold outside. I am also planning on joining a gym with a track for the winter months.
It has been freezing around here too- high of about 23 today. I really dislike heading out in this shiznit... I long for fall or springlike weather!
Got out a few times this week in the teens. Slow it down a touch to not hurt the lungs and you will be fine. It's like the extreme heat - move into it slowly and you will be fine. Dress right, cover your head and mouth (balaclavas are great) if need be.
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A good advise would be slowing down, at least to 1 min/km slower than you usually run. Another tip is for when it's really very cold weather is a ski mask or a gaitor you can put over your mouth and nose. And last one: breath through your nose. I have been running here in temps around 2-10 F with no problem:-)
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Cold air can cause your breathing passageways to constrict, which may explain why some people complain of exercise induced asthma only when it's cold outside.
I ran the other morning when it was between 13 and 18 degrees (do you believe the official weather or the TV weather). I wore a Nike balaclava (ninja mask) at the beginning of the run, but pulled it away from my mouth and nose after about a mile. You can find them at stores like runningwarehouse.com.
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Here in North Texas the weather could be one thing when you wake up and 10-20 different in a short period! My biggest issue with the cold is knowing just what is enough to wear and what is too much! My favorite and most effective clothing piece is a 1/4 zip fleece pullover. When its a cold start I zip it all the way up and breathe through the fleece. As I warm up I start to zip down and eventually usually I have it all the way down or have taken it off altogether and wrapped it around my waist. To me having a versatile piece like that is key! I also wear light gloves and these pullovers have slightly gathered cuffs so when I get warm enough to take them off I just shove them into my sleeve.
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I totally agree. My coach always said that abouy 50 degrees is optimal running weather for your body so anything below that or above it can hinder your performance and how you feel. Breathing gets tricky with running in really cold temperatures...i have actually had serious coughs and chest pains for days after marathons I have done in 32 degree weather. so be careful. Perhaps on really cold days resort to the treadmill. Good luck
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I am the opposite. I actually prefer to run in the cold! 35-40 degrees is perfect. I feel like I can breathe easier and do not get over heated(obviously). I wear a head wrap, a couple log sleeve tshirts and a vest that is fleece on the inside and windbreaker on the outside. The vest also has little pockets to hold your tissues and chapstick, a must, and an ipod pocket. I love it. Sometimes I wear gloves but most of the time they come off. I feel like I can run forever in the cold. And the snow covered surroundings are beautiful.
That's an interesting question, being that I actually prefer to run in the cold. It feels much more difficult to run when it gets hot out. I tell people that I am a "winter runner"...
I went out in the sun with no wind the other day and ran 7 miles in 7 degrees. It felt awesome!
I run better in cold weather as well. In winter the dew points are much lower which means every breath contains a higher concentration of oxygen since it contains less moisture. Additionally, heat hinders performance (see http://drmirkin.blogspot.com/2010/08/cold-drinks-improve-sports-performance.html) so theoretically you can run better when it's cold. This would make an interesting poll question.
Thank you for this advice! I went out and bought winter running gear. I suited myself, and ran outside in the cold/snow/ice. It was surprisingly wonderful! Thanks again!
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