Tuesday, December 16, 2008


That was the temperature at 5:15 according to Weather.com.  According to the local news the temp was -11 with a -25 windchill.  Take your pick, it was still unbelievably cold. What to do?  What to do?  Well, I had been awake since 4:00 AM and had all my warm clothes laid out so - run.  And it was a great run.  I saw one other runner, two walkers and one guy walking his dog. My watch was buried under so many layers that I didn't even bother starting it.  This run wasn't about time or distance really, it was about getting out there in any weather and running.  (You know, the "what doesn't kill me makes me stronger" mentality.)  When I got home I realized how scary I must have looked - my facemask and hat were frost covered and I had ice on my eyebrows and eyelashes.  

I have to tell you that I dressed perfectly.  No cold spots and no overheating.  And my shoes with the screws in the soles - great.  (They do have a finite amount of grip and seemed to help little on skating-rink-smooth ice.)

For the record, this is what I wore - bottom to top.  (This is also meant as a reminder for the next time it's this cold and I can't remember what I had on.)
Asics Cumulus 10 with screws in the soles
Wrightsock crew sock
CW-X tights
Patagonia Capilene long underwear
Brooks wind boxer
Patagonia Integral pant
Patagonia Silk Weight Capilene t-shirt
The North Face Momentum 1/4 zip top
Patagonia Wind Shield jacket
Patagonia stretch shell jacket
Patagonia mid-weight glove liners (periwinkle)
Asics Winter Run mittens
Stretch balaclava
REI Power Stretch beanie

Looking at it this way that is a lot of clothes!  (And Patagonia has a lot of my money.)

1 comment:

Question Authority. said...

That does it. I'm running in the morning.