Just a post to say you CAN run in the cold.
Right after running my first 5 k, I signed up with the same ladies for another one - on December 31st. A New Year Resolution run. That's all fine and good - a great idea to keep you motivated over the start of winter. Unfortunately in Calgary, the weather is a gamble. Could be anywhere from +5C to -35C that time of year. So when I saw the forecast this morning for a sunny -22 C, I thought what the heck. I wore my regular trainers with wool socks, sweat pants with fleece thermals underneath, a thermal top with a hood, a fleece over that and then my windbreaker. I think the balaclava made a difference - I found one at a work supply store for much cheaper than the running stores. And one of my knit hats on top. I just ran in the area around the gym that my other half was working out in so that if I had to duck out of the run, I could have. I managed almost 4 k before I figured he'd wonder where I was. I could have easily continued for another few k, I was certainly warm enough - maybe even too warm. So it IS possible. That being said, there was no wind today - I would be very, very afraid of the wind.
And normally I'm not one for 'selfies', but once I realized that the reason I was having trouble seeing was because of the icicles forming on my eyelashes, I had to take a picture. The ice has also given me insight to what I will look like once I start going gray
Happy running folks. And stay warm!