This week, Runner’s Delight reached out to good friends who do what RD does not: brave the intensely cold temperatures of the Pacific Northwest and middle America to get advice as to what to wear while running and how best to attack sloshing through rain, sleet and snow! As was pointed out to me earlier this week, I have a very California point of view when it comes to all things running. Yes, I’ve run in other states and counties, but the majority of my running days as of late are spent in the Bay Area, where we experience a mild range of temperatures. With that in mind, I got curious about just how California-centric I am when it comes to my advice about jogging in rain. Enter guest blogger number one, Joe!
Joe grew up in sunny SoCal, and slowly made his way up the coast, stopping in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, and finally settling in Portland, Oregon. He took up running recently, and when queried about any tips he had for the colder months, offered to let me post this response. Taking to the streets turned out not to be his cup of hot chocolate, but hear what he did instead.
I’m stoked to offer another point of view here on Runner’s Delight, and hope ya’ll enjoy!
Portland, Oregon. Fall rain, winter rain, spring rain. Rain hung me up to dry.
I was just starting to find my rhythm to running, doing a 2 mile loop to Alberta Park and back, when the weather starting getting colder and wetter. Five weeks into the 10 week “Couch to 5k” regime the weather beat me when my lungs started to sting from the frigid air. I decided to retire my running until it got warmer again and just focus on working out at the gym and doing yoga. If I had a treadmill at home I might have kept up with the running or perhaps better running gear.
My feet pounded the treadmills at the gym only once this winter but I did lots of bike riding. However, I did become even more of a yoga addict during the winter, going to class 3-4 times a week and practicing at home as well. Cardio is super important though and I miss that cathartic sweat. I’m looking forward to getting back out there to give running a shot in a few weeks.