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How do People Jog in the Cold?

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Mar 31, 2008
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How do People Jog in the Cold?

Whenever I run outside in the cold, I can feel my lungs and throat get really cold, and it feels like I'll catch a cold and is also painful when taking in a breath. Plus nose sniffling which is actually a large cause of getting the common cold (lower temperature in the nose results in higher % of getting cold).

Are there special techniques or something I'm missing? Or certain people are just better adapted (doesn't contribute to cold), mentally tougher?
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Mar 29, 2015
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Ottawa, ON
I usually cover my lower face with my scarf, so the air isn't as cold when breathing in and it helps keep some heat when breathing out.
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Apr 5, 2016
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Hm could it be you're not warmed up beforehand? If it helps do breathing exercises before you head out.
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Sep 20, 2008
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Being in the cold doesn't cause a cold.
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Aug 15, 2003
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I have no problems at all. I suppose I have good lung capacity? I also I tend to get pretty warm once I get going.
at1212b wrote: lower temperature in the nose results in higher % of getting cold
I'm pretty sure that is not supported by science.
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Aug 15, 2015
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I bundle up and wear clothes that blocks the wind!

Inside my layer of clothes I am like a hot sauna! As soon as I stop running, I will be cold. Make sure you know your own stamina and endurance so you don't stop running until you are at a place where you can have a warm shower with a change of clothes.
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Oct 18, 2014
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I use base layer underneath, and go at it hard. I'm usually sweating despite how cold it is.
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probably dry air irritating your throat. Baclava, scarf or something similar to cover your mouth/nose should do the trick and give you a small pocket of air with some humidity to make running doable outside.
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Jun 27, 2007
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define cold?

personally, it's -5 and below. If you breathe hard, slow down. Inhale through mouth, exhale via nose.
for anything under 20 mins, it's unlikely to feel cold.

for men, warm underwear a must in the cold. Along with mittens, good hat and windbreaker.
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