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Running - in winter or really cold weather..

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Running - in winter or really cold weather..

curious if anyone would know of a place now that summer and spring are long gone, where a runner might run for free, indoors preferably, or anything better than the freezing cold outside and out of the path of the snow and slush on a sidewalk or road..

trying to keep this as cheap as possible.

open to suggestions.
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lol figured that would be a suggestion. and no, I will not run in a mall.
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UrbanPoet wrote: Wear breathable layers and do it outside!
+1
Running indoor or on a treadmill will never match the intensity of running outside. I just got myself some winter running clothes from MEC and I am running outside until it is not possible (6ft of snow or icy conditions)
I think OP you should try and run outside as much as you can. Otherwise I am afraid gym is your only option.
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UrbanPoet wrote: Wear breathable layers and do it outside!
I'm with this guy. For me, if it's truly cold outside (which most of the time has more to do with strong wind than the temperature) I'm not often eager about stepping out the door. For the first 5-10 minutes my face (uncovered) will not be happy... but soon enough your skin adapts to the chill and the rest of you starts making heat and I'll start to feel great and forget what I ever had reservations. Unless we're talking about freezing rain or ***** -cold (-20-25C windchill by my personal definition) it's outside! But hey, there's always that mall option.
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Here are some options:

1. Covered tennis court (i.e. bubble)...run around the courts but you might need to pay a little fee to get in....
2. If you are located in the GTA, you can run along the PATH - a long course of tunnels in the financial core
3. If you have any friends that live in condos, ask them to let you in and you can run the stairwells....great work-out for the calves as well
4. Go to any subway station and run around the subway station (but do not run near the tracks!)
5. Go to any Costco and run around the Costco warehouse

If you do run outside, I suggest some nipple stickers.....those nipples are going to chafe man!

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I run outdoors all winter long. I find it quite enjoyable. It's a lot easier to regulate your temperature in the cold than it is in the heat. Mrs feels the same. Our husky mix dog also agrees :P It's not even that extreme in terms of getting prepared. Coldest I've done is -35C.

I wear from top to bottom (All dry fit. CRUCIAL!)

- beanie (balaclava if below -15C)
- underarmor coldgear top
- soft shell jacket
- soft shell gloves (thicker if really cold)
- undies + cross country ski tights
- normal socks
- trail runners (cleated runners if icy)

That's it. It's really not much different from running in the summer. To regulate temperature, I just open/zip up my jacket accordingly. When you first step outside, it's cold, but once you get going, you're perfectly fine. If you go outside and can stand there w/o getting cold, you're wearing too much! If you get hot during your run, you sweat, and if you sweat, you get wet, which means you freeze. That's why it's crucial to wear all moisture wicking clothing.

One of my favourite quotes from a MEC catalogue (roughly) - "I love running in the winter. The faster you go, the more slippery and thrilling it gets".

What's also nice is that by running outdoors in January, you avoid all the new year resolutioners.
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Stock R wrote: I run outdoors all winter long. I find it quite enjoyable. It's a lot easier to regulate your temperature in the cold than it is in the heat. Mrs feels the same. Our husky mix dog also agrees :P It's not even that extreme in terms of getting prepared. Coldest I've done is -35C.

I wear from top to bottom (All dry fit. CRUCIAL!)

- beanie (balaclava if below -15C)
- underarmor coldgear top
- soft shell jacket
- soft shell gloves (thicker if really cold)
- undies + cross country ski tights
- normal socks
- trail runners (cleated runners if icy)

That's it. It's really not much different from running in the summer. To regulate temperature, I just open/zip up my jacket accordingly. When you first step outside, it's cold, but once you get going, you're perfectly fine. If you go outside and can stand there w/o getting cold, you're wearing too much! If you get hot during your run, you sweat, and if you sweat, you get wet, which means you freeze. That's why it's crucial to wear all moisture wicking clothing.

One of my favourite quotes from a MEC catalogue (roughly) - "I love running in the winter. The faster you go, the more slippery and thrilling it gets".

What's also nice is that by running outdoors in January, you avoid all the new year resolutioners.
GREAT post !
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Stock R wrote: I run outdoors all winter long. I find it quite enjoyable. It's a lot easier to regulate your temperature in the cold than it is in the heat. Mrs feels the same. Our husky mix dog also agrees :P It's not even that extreme in terms of getting prepared. Coldest I've done is -35C.

I wear from top to bottom (All dry fit. CRUCIAL!)

- beanie (balaclava if below -15C)
- underarmor coldgear top
- soft shell jacket
- soft shell gloves (thicker if really cold)
- undies + cross country ski tights
- normal socks
- trail runners (cleated runners if icy)

That's it. It's really not much different from running in the summer. To regulate temperature, I just open/zip up my jacket accordingly. When you first step outside, it's cold, but once you get going, you're perfectly fine. If you go outside and can stand there w/o getting cold, you're wearing too much! If you get hot during your run, you sweat, and if you sweat, you get wet, which means you freeze. That's why it's crucial to wear all moisture wicking clothing.

One of my favourite quotes from a MEC catalogue (roughly) - "I love running in the winter. The faster you go, the more slippery and thrilling it gets".

What's also nice is that by running outdoors in January, you avoid all the new year resolutioners.
I agree with you 100%.
It is awesome to run outside in the cold, ones you get going you are not cold anymore. I went out for a run today after work, people were wearing winter jackets and stuff walking their dogs, I was dressed pretty much the way StockR explained it and I was perfectly fine. I started sweating when I stopped in front of my house.
I very much looking forward to run and bike in the Winter.
Also it is Movember so be a man and grow a freaking mustache people! :)
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ji2o0k wrote: Here are some options:

1. Covered tennis court (i.e. bubble)...run around the courts but you might need to pay a little fee to get in....
2. If you are located in the GTA, you can run along the PATH - a long course of tunnels in the financial core
3. If you have any friends that live in condos, ask them to let you in and you can run the stairwells....great work-out for the calves as well
4. Go to any subway station and run around the subway station (but do not run near the tracks!)
5. Go to any Costco and run around the Costco warehouse

If you do run outside, I suggest some nipple stickers.....those nipples are going to chafe man!
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Insider wrote: curious if anyone would know of a place now that summer and spring are long gone, where a runner might run for free, indoors preferably, or anything better than the freezing cold outside and out of the path of the snow and slush on a sidewalk or road..

trying to keep this as cheap as possible.

open to suggestions.
YMCA has indoor track for running (you need to join).
UofT downtown campus has indoor track for running (you need to be UofT student).

Running outside when it is cold and dry is okay.
Running outside when it is wet and snow/ice is not.
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I am making the gear investments for winter running now. I dont want to spend another winter on those god damn tredmills! So boring...no matter if there is a tv on it or I have music....I could only last 20 minutes on the treadmill
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No Frills wrote: I am making the gear investments for winter running now.
You won't regret it. You may still have to use the treadmill every now and then but you will have a lot more opportunity to run outside then before.
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I kind of gave up on this thread after the first few replies. thanks to those who have replied. I've been running outside and layering like those have suggested. not sure about those nipple stickers lol
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Insider wrote: I kind of gave up on this thread after the first few replies. thanks to those who have replied. I've been running outside and layering like those have suggested. not sure about those nipple stickers lol
Do you run at night ?

If so, do you use any high visibility / reflective gear ?
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poedua wrote: Do you run at night ?

If so, do you use any high visibility / reflective gear ?
I do. Some companies that manufactur thermol athletic wear, moreover can be used for running have some styles that have reflective seams, mostly jackets and some tights.
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OP, can layer up and start with nice brisk walk for 30 mins then slowly progress to a light jog. It takes awhile to get use to the cold but the crisp air will definitely wake you up!
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