Learn how to keep your arse cheeks from freezing, how to prevent your iPhone battery from going south, and what to do with that muffin top. Hey, we can’t all be Runner’s World models.
Our podcast interview yesterday was recorded live from my igloo and full of awesomeness. Have a listen: Running in Extreme Cold Weather
I love these things for cold weather–I use one as a scarf, one to cover my head, and an extra one tied to my pack as a snot rag. Just don’t mix up the one for your snot with the one for your head….
You wouldn’t think it, but these are invaluable in the cold weather if you don’t want the snow and its reflections to cause you permanent (ok, temporary) blindness.
3. Lip balm
If you forget it, you’ll regret it. Also works great as emergency lube for any type of chaffing.
And a couple things on my “To Try” list courtesy of Runner’s World (see, no hard feelings):
“When it’s raining, I slip my stocking feet into plastic baggies, then put on my running shoes,” says Darryl Dalcerri of Lompoc, California. “The baggies keep my feet dry even when I run through puddles.” Most Port City Pacers rotate pairs of shoes. If you have to dry shoes overnight, crumple up newspaper and cram it tightly into your shoes, with the insoles removed. The newspaper soaks up the moisture. (Source)
I loved this circuit workout from Jenny Hadfield. It says indoors, but I’m thinking it would be killer in deep snow:
- Warm up walking for 3 minutes and running easy for 10 minutes
- Repeat: 4-5 times
- 5 minutes at tempo effort
- 60 Seconds of slow-motion squats
- 60 seconds of alternating lunges
- 60 seconds of wall chair sit (exactly how it sounds)
- Cool down with 10 minutes of easy-effort running and 3 minutes walking.
Jenny Hadfield came to my house once:
Be kind to yourself in this polar vortex, folks. Everything feels harder because it IS harder.
According to a recent article in the Globe and Mail (eh?): “For every calorie of energy your muscles burn, only a quarter is translated in motion, while three-quarters is emitted as heat.”
Read the rest of the article to learn what the Olympians do to stay warm outdoors.
If you don’t have goosebumps yet, check out this cool (haha… “cool”) Newsweek link about the badass Yukon Arctic Ultra.
I wish you the joys of frosty eyelashes and frozen beard hair!
Here is a full video tour of my igloo:
Direct YouTube Link HERE
And to all our friends in sunny California: You bastards….
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