running outdoors

Hi everyone, i'm looking for bit of advice on running when it's cold outside. i tried one night last week. so far all my runs have been indoors. i admit it was a spontaneous attempt while walking the dog but the cold air made me feel as if i were suffocating and i just gave up. i didn't do a full five minute warm up and i did have my big padded jacket on :-) I'm currently on wk 3 and do run 2 on saturday.

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  • Its not unusual thinking the cold air going to finish you off joiselle!! Some people run with thin scarf type things round their necks pulled up above their mouths to try help with the cold air. (I cant for life of me remember what its called..... oh!! I can! A 'buff' :-) Wonder if that would help?

    Ali:-)

  • thanks misswobble, thanks auntiali. I didn't have any running gear on. i was really walking the dog and because i think about running A LOT since i started this i thought, i'll just give this a bash. i will be prepared next time and i will def try a muff because it was breathing icy air that was hurting. thought my lungs would explode.

  • I mean a buff!! lol

  • hee hee hee!! some typos are just brill!! ;-)

  • You need to do the brisk 5 minute walk and that will get your body temperature raised. Wear a hat! You won't need a big puffer jacket I don't think, a lightweight waterproof would be best

    The running jackets and running tops can be bought dead cheaply from Aldi or SportsDirect. If you wear one over the other you'll be warm and dry. You don't start off warm though but the brisk walk soon gets you up to temperature to start your run 5 minutes later. Don't neglect warm ups and cool down walks. Do what Laura tells you! She knows what's she's on about. Happy running

  • thanks misswobble, thanks auntiali. I didn't have any running gear on. i was really walking the dog and because i think about running A LOT since i started this i thought, i'll just give this a bash. i will be prepared next time and i will def try a muff because it was breathing icy air that was hurting. thought my lungs would explode.

  • Aldi had some running gear last week

  • great, i'll nip up at lunchtime.ta

  • Running in the cold takes some careful consideration of what to wear. If you are running a reasonable amount of the time (say week 5 onwards), then you will warm up pretty quick.

    I personally get warm pretty quickly, and stay warm. That said I am not a 'cold' person. I run in knee length running tights, shorts on top, and a 'warmer', but not overly thick long-sleeve top. I have a woolly hat for my head, and some gloves (thin ones). It all depends on you, and how warm you get, but don't over-dress, you will overheat.

  • thanks Nerdio. I think i will be staying indoors till i can 'run' a bit longer. i'm a bit scared of it to be honest. really enjoying it so far, amazed at that because i'm 6 stones overweight and never been sporty. tried gym, hated it, tried static bike, hated that, so was expecting to hate this too. i'm a bit obsessed already and the support on this site is great.

  • It won't be long before it starts to warm up a little, and the days get longer. ;-)

    I share your view on the obsession thing. I have felt properly down about it all at the beginning of the week, as I am not running this week to thoroughly rest an injury. I am now more determined than ever to get back out there.

  • That's a shame

    Hope you feel better soon.

  • I have found I can only really run in my running gear - normal clothes just dont work for me I am big fan of buff and thin running gloves (£4 in decathlon) I only wear long sleeve running top and tights but before I go I walk about house in fleece and big jackot and put glove and buff on heater so really toasty Then whip off fleece and jacket as I go out front door Another funny thing I have found that as soon as I stop runni ng the small of my back is really cold but if I quickly take of running top and put fleece back on its ok andI dont get that really chilled feeling Ive even started doing it in car park after park run ---reckon im too old to be bothered what folk think (I read somewhere that you are supposed to change your bra as well but that is maybe a step too far )

  • Thanks. I know I shouldn't have tried in civvies what can I say. Going to decathlon over the weekend so I'll look out for gloves. I think I'll play safe and get changed when I get home!

  • I think you just need to go for it Josi. Get out there and do it. You can take Laura with you! LOL

    Just get out the door (wait til its dark if you want to) and just run with Laura. It's exhilarating honestly.

  • I know I should, next week maybe. I'm still only on three mins

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