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Running in the cold is perfectly fine, and I've run all the days of this season, including when it was down to 15°F so far, with not a ton of extra equipment. I don't know how recommended it is if you are going to be travelling from the southern weather winter to a northern weather winter suddenly might be a shock to the system. Protect your ...


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As an Alaskan I have a few things to add. (General temperature before windchill in the winter around these parts is 5-15 F... which is mild by Alaskan and most standards). Wear wool. The old timers wore wool because it worked. Synthetics are great in warmer climates because they're light weight and dry fast, but they are not insulting the way wool is. ...


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Running under 40 degrees can be tough, but many enjoy it, and it can be a great kind of training, especially if you're looking for a challenge. Some facts: Running in cold weather puts additional strain on your cardiovascular system: Your heart has to work harder for you to get the same performance as in warm weather. Therefore, your heart rate will be ...


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Nose has natural air filters for all sorts of things; temperature regulating filters for example. Nasal breathing is very important at cold weather. However, there is a lot of debate concerning the general advice to breath through the nose during cardio workouts. You need a lot of oxygen and maybe nose is too small to deliver enough. Many runners breath ...


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No, keep resting would be the commonest medical answer for this (acute bronchitus). My view is: given all the hours of training you've put in, it's better to complete the marathon slightly slower than to escalate the condition in the cold air and not complete it at all.


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When running outside in the winter/cold weather you should keep couple of things in mind. 1) Firstly cold weather is really bad for your joints. If you expose them for a prolonged periods of time to cold they will eventually start hurting you. With that said make sure you put some warm clothes on yourself. You must consider the fact that there might be ...


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Tip for the wind: If you are doing an out-and-back, check the direction of the wind. The second half of your run is likely to entail some level of fatigue. Better to go out INTO the wind and come home with the wind. If you fatigue yourself, only to return into a stiff wind you run the risk hypothermia or increased fatigue trying to stay warm/comfortable. ...


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I also have my weight room in the garage. Despite how cold it is outside, the garage doesn't reach the same extremes as the outdoor temperatures--but it is still cold. The biggest issue is the steel bar and weights which never quite seem to warm up. That said, there are some things you can do to deal with the cold: Bring your bar(s) indoors after you ...


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Definitely rest. The importance of resting during the last weeks before a marathon is already hugely underrated. You also risk more serious problems for just a couple of days off. Rest! A few very easy miles should be ok (they may even help) but nothing more until you feel you are ok. You still have enough time to catch up (maybe throw in some intense ...


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I'm going to add to M. Cypher's excellent answer. I run a lot in Vancouver, BC which has similar temperatures. I also used to run in Wellington, New Zealand which is about as windy and cold as Chicago, Il: Layering: When you start you will probably feel cold but you should expect to warm up quickly. In those conditions I run with a merino top from ...


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You can certainly run when it's cold, but there are some things you should do to make sure you're comfortable and safe. This guide on Cold Weather Safety recommends that you dress in layers. As you warm up, which you will, you can remove layers as needed. If you feel cold, you can add the layer back on. Nylon or Goretex is recommended to reduce moisture ...


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I recall learning that breathing in through the nose actually warms up the air you breath before it reaches your lungs, more so than when you breathe through your mouth. This in turn keeps your body temperature better regulated. You could try to exercise when it's warmest outside. However, as long as the air is cold, I don't believe the stinging sensation ...


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The answer to this question depends on whether you believe you should allow or prevent inflammation during recovery. This article explains both sides of the issue. Your trainer probably believes that some level of inflammation, extra blood flow, etc. is beneficial to recovery, and that a jacket can significantly affect that. Inflammation begins after you ...


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It's not the heat loss through the head that you are feeling(The whole 90% of heat loss is through your head thing is a myth), it's the cooling effect of the cold air on wet skin. A cap will help prevent that, but it's not going to do much for actual heat retention until you start getting into the neoprene caps, which are designed to be warmer than ...


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To answer your question I will share some personal experience. There was a period of my life when I did boxing in a gym with no heating. The temperature was approximately -5 Fahrenheit outside and not much warmer inside(since there was never heating inside you can imagine how that felt). At the same time I was doing gymnastics in a gym with barely any ...


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Basic General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS Theory) from Hans Selye tells us that as our body is stressed in some way, it adapts to handle that stress. The basic principle works for getting stronger and for other stressors like getting sick. The process of adaptation requires energy in some form--and this includes immune system response. Now, if you have more ...


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I'm also a bicycle commuter whose feet tend to sweat a fair amount, especially when I'm active. This caused both strong foot odor and recurring athlete's foot. What's worked best for me: Shoes with plenty of ventilation. Merino wool socks. Shoes have typically been "running" sneakers which have synthetic leather with plenty of mesh bits, and some ...


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There are varying ranges of educational levels for trainers. They could be non-high school graduates that sat for one of the 4-6 hour personal training courses to those having a Bachelor's in Exercise Science with a Master's of Exercise Physiology. Some of the time trainers will not know the reasoning behind a method (keeping the muscles warm in this ...


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Besides the excellent advice in the other responses, I would like to add some points: First, only run when it is cold if you really have to, for example, Sunday January 13th, in Stockholm it was -9 Celcius (C) (16 Fahrenheit (F)) (-15 C considering the wind chill factor). A warmer Sunday, you would see lots of people running at the popular city parks ...


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You have to be careful with running and hydration and having a cold a lack of water can exacerbate your cold. Also, if your body is still fighting the virus you need sufficient amount of rest. So if running is going to make you feel exhausted this is a sign that your body still needs more rest. That being said, if I am on the mend I prefer to do regular ...


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I often hear the advice that if the symptoms are only from the neck up (ie stuffy nose) it's OK, if neck downwards (aches and pains) you shouldn't exercise. I usually sit it out if I feel any way under the weather. When I don't feel my best I just get frustrated and this has further detrimental effect.


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I find that it is better to go much easier during very cold or very hot weather as my bronchial passages have a tendency to get so inflamed that it resembles asthma. Stinging is a sign that your nasal passages don't like what is going on. Perhaps during winter months you might consider spending time on a treadmill at the gym. In my case, the total lack of ...


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When running in cold weather I've been recommended to breath through the mouth from the start and find it better doing so. It also helps to do some warm-ups indoors first and wear thermals so that I don't start the run cold.


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Have you checked out the Flow by VFF? They are supposed to work like a wet suit.


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You have to factor in wind, a good wind(wind chill) can drop the temp 20 to 30 degrees so wear something that can block wind but doesn't get clammy while you sweat. Also you may want to consider something to cover your neck such as a neck gaiter or even something over your mouth when the weather dips well below 0. You can burn your throat by breathing in ...


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The cause for a common cold are viruses, not temperature. It is a misconception that the cold is caused by cold weather, it definitely puts more stress on a human body and makes it more vulnerable to already present viruses, but if you are healthy you shouldn't have to worry that much. (see Wikipedia: Common Cold) My last run was one of 30 minutes at 0°C at ...


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I am Swimming too, in cold water. Wearing a neoprene cap is very good, if you buy one, make sure you get your Money back, when not satisfied. It must fit very tightly, no Exchange of water!! I put a rubber ring around the cap, to avoid seepage when breaststroking. I use a cap, material thickness 2 mm.The chin-strap is not very strong, not to be ...


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I have had the same issue and found a solution that worked for me. I live in Chicago where we recently had the horrible cold snap. I was still running, keeping up with my winter routine, and what I do is wear a gator or face mask for skiing. As i breathed through it while I was running, it helped to moisturize the air as I breathed, keeping my lungs and ...


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Like another answer has already mentioned, SmartWool cycling or running socks are great and will help your feet to "breathe" while exercising. Another sock brand is Lululemon. They have very high quality socks and I have personally used both their "Lululemon No Show Ultimate Run Sock" and the "Ultimate Low-Pro Run Sock". They can easily run you about $20 a ...


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There is scientific research which proves that calorie restriction prevents quick recovery from illness. Here is the link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081125113102.htm



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