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The last few days it has gotten to sub 30 degrees here and it seems like my runs are really hard! I'm dressed appropriately and its not that I'm cold it just feels like I'm not moving or I'm moving in super slow motion and I can't push myself faster...but I'm not even sure that I need to be going faster, just feels slow. What is up with that?<br><br><br>
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You may be over dressing and adding extra bulk and weight. If you are properly dressed you should be uncomfortable for the first mile or two until you warm up. Multiple layers of wicking type running clothing is the ticket for cold weather running.<br><br>
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run nekkid! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> That will get you moving.<br><br>
Sorry I don't have a serious response for your question. I just know that i lve the temps in the 30's , after about the first 2 miles and I am warmed up.<br><br>
I fight a similar issue in the summertime heat and humidity down in Florida. All I have found so far is to keep on running and just wait for the temps to get back where you want them to be.
 

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In WI that would be a heat wave (It was today <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> )<br><br>
I just go with the flow and don't worry about speed in winter running - Its a great time to work on base - I never time my winter runs - I don't really care. I will do winter fartleks (Find a clear patch of pavement - no smow or ice) and run fast accross it and do 5 minutes hard 5 minutes easy.<br><br>
If for a few days your body is running slow - its probably because it needs to run slow - Give it waht it needs and you will be running fast so on enough.
 

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it takes me about 20-25 minutes of shuffling before I feel warmed up enough to run in the sub 30's. Don't worry about speed for now, and just think about how much easier it will be once the weather gets warmer!
 

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The optimum temperature for distance running is around 48F.<br><br>
You are running in temperatures about 15 degrees colder than that.<br><br>
Let's look at how much trouble you would have running on a day that was 15 degrees warmer than optimum...say one that was 63F-65F.<br><br>
Would you be concerned and complaining about the heat??<br>
Of course not.<br><br>
Therefore it's likely that you are being held back psychologically much more than physically...but it still holds you back.<br><br>
I work in a running store and I am usually astounded by what people wear. At the freezing point I usually put on long pants, wear a long sleeve shirt and will have a really light hat or ear covering. I see lots of people dressed in full winter garb and they come back in ssuffering from being overheated...and particularly dehydration. For some reason they don't think they have to drink in winter.
 

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I am not as fast when the temperatures first start dropping below 25 or so, but mostly because my lungs are getting used to the dryness of the air, and the chill, I think. I'm actually happier running in the cold than the heat. Hills are easier <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Take it easy until it feels OK to you. Also, if there's any snow underfoot, that's going to reduce how effective your push-off will be, because you do slip some.<br><br>
Good luck.
 

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I personally prefer to train hard in the heat of summer because when fall races come it seems glorious to run in temps around 50F.<br><br>
Training in the cold of winter is easy enough (except for when there is new snow or ice and too many clothes) but if you hit a warm day race in spring you realize that it's harder than what you trained for.<br><br>
That was never clearer than in the 2004 Boston Marathon.<br><br>
People often talk about freezing their lungs which is nonsense, but the dry winter air sure can give you a sore throat. I wear a face mask in any temperature under about 10F.
 

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it was 56 degrees today. A glorious temperature for running and it was my long run day. I got 7 strong miles out of it! I'd rather run in the heat than the cold too. Luckily there's only a few more months of this weather here in WV before mild weather comes and we always get a few mild weeks between the nasty cold ones to tie us over. Its supposed to be mild all week long and I'm really looking forward to my runs. When the cold does return I'll try to work on my psyche though, I hate that feeling of being in slow motion.<br>
And...I dont think I overdress...today I wore my running skirt and a long sleeved UA shirt and it was perfect.<br><br>
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Heat kills me! But like JC says, it feels great when the heat slacks off, and bad when it comes back.<br><br>
I just have to get better at it.
 

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I've got nothing but respect for y'all that head out into the cold climes. Me, I'm a total pansy when it comes to cold weater. So, even though the low is in the high 40s here in TX, I'm in the gym on the dreadmill until about mid-April.<br><br>
I did a marathon in Kansas where the starting temp was 26. I about froze my tehachapie off.
 

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Well, I'm a wimp when it comes to heat and humidity, so I guess we're even <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I'm trying to time my weight loss with the weather change. I estimate that by the time it gets uncomfortably hot, I'll be able to run in just a sports bra and my running skirt. That should help. Cant wait for March! Thats when things mellow out up here as far as temps. (typically)
 
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