You step outside and what was once a steamy hot morning that smacked you in the face is now a brisk coldness that briefly takes your breath away. As you start your run, the cold air fills your lungs and starts to burn. Before you can get totally warmed up, your fingers feel the chill, your ears turn red, your nose starts to run and your eyes water up a bit. It feels amazing and you feel alive.
There’s something about cool weather that makes running so enjoyable, and even the things that sound bad, are a welcome feeling over the muggy heat that seems to pull you one step backwards for every step forward.
With the change in weather comes the progressive change of your running apparel. Long sleeves replace short sleeves. As the temperatures drop further, running shorts are replaced with running pants or sweats. You pull the fleece hoodie out of the closet to help take the chill off.
By the end of your run, that burning in your lungs has moved to become a burning in your legs. Your nose and ears may still be a little chilly, but the rush of adrenaline you have takes your mind off of it. While it might be just a bit harder to get out from under those warm covers in the morning, you know running in the cold weather might just be the best way to run.
Together We R.