and back to winter running

We've had a fantastic long Indian summer here (SE France) But of course it had to break sometime and since yesterday its been cold and rainy. Off this afternoon to buy myself some long sleeved tops. Also need to find my buff and hat !

Was wondering what folk do about their cool down walk when its cold. Yesterday it was drizzly and cold when I started, which encouraged me to walk briskly for my warmup. During run the wind got up and the rain got heavier. Fine while running, but as soon as I stopped it felt horrible. Ended up jogging home slowly. Any experience out there ? Will I damage myself by doing that ? I did significantly drop my pace, to probably not much above my walking pace.

(Run itself was "Stamina" which took me to just over 4km - so I used my slow jog home to take the distance up to 5k.)


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  • It is a problem at the minute knowing what to wear. I went out today wearing long leggings and a long sleeved top for the first time and my hands were the coldest! Must dig out my gloves.

    Can you plan your route so that you have exactly a 5 minute cool down before you get home? Can you leave a jacket on the route somewhere safe at the cool down point? I've thought about doing this but haven't needed to yet!

    I don't think the extra running will do any damage as you've been running for a while but the mileage would still count towards your total if you are going through any kind of training.

  • I've been in the same situation myself. I worked on the principle that being cold and wet after a run was a bad combination, so I walked home asap and then finished off my 5min warm down by marching round the kitchen and the stairs a couple of times. :)

  • I'm currently running with a long sleeved top (and a bright coloured t-shirt over it). During the run when I get warm, I'm rolling my sleeves up to get some air. When I get to the cool down, I roll the sleeves down again to help keep me warm. So far it works - also because I try to make the walk at the end only 5 minutes. I don't think you get cold enough in 5 minutes to cause you any harm.

  • First run today in leggings and long sleeve top (temp has dropped by 15 degrees here since Monday, which is quite a lot in one day) and was lovely and cozy. Can't find my buff, hat or gloves though, so may need to buy new ones !

  • I was wondering about that so called "warm down" walk, seems more like "get really chilly" walk..I sweat a lot, and then that gets cold, not good around the kidneys and tummy...lwet me know if you come up with a solution AJ

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