My idea of running in the cold probably doesn’t mean what some folks consider running in the cold.
I live in the deep South, so how cold could it get, right?
Well, this week it’s getting fairly cold. The next couple of days call for highs in the mid-40s and lows in the upper 20s. That’s pretty stinkin’ cold for Alabama in November.
Historically, I have hated running any time the temp dipped below 50. At that point, my hands get cold and I have to wear more clothing and it generally becomes much harder psychologically to hit the trail.
I’m getting better, though.
Last winter, as I prepped for the Country Music Marathon, I was determined to toughen myself up. I dialed back the clothing and only covered up my legs if the temp was less than 45 degrees. I even ran a few times without gloves when it was really cold.
I am so brave.
The truth is, though, running with temperatures in the 40s is one part of the equation for a perfect long-distance run. I still need the gloves, but after a couple of miles the body heats up and things are perfect.
The cold still doesn’t motivate me to get outside like a spring or summer day does, but I’m learning that it can be a pretty good running buddy.