Winter Challenge - 2013

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  1. Barefoot YOW

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    Wait, does a 1 km walk in snow at -9C count? Don't matter, I'm putting it in for my country. Not much but it is something, foot feels great, it was extremely hard to not break out in a run. As a precaution I had my wife come with me for the walk to keep me in check so I wouldn't run. :rolleyes:
     
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    Yesteray when I ran here it was so warm I finished up in a tee shirt and shorts and could walk comfortably. But we finally got some cold enough air back in again that I got to put some more miles in this morning. :)
     
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    Hey Dutchie ... are you busted? What happened?
     
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    You're averaging 4+ mi per run. Not bad at all! You finding your feet are warming up during your run?
     
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    5.5 mi at 16°F near sunset. The concrete sidewalks were warmer than the asphalt roads. Jumped on a treadmill for 5 minutes after the run, and I found that my feet warmed up considerably. They stayed red for 20 minutes. No tingles so it means it was not too cold.
     
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    Partial tear of the Peroneal Brevis tendon. Agitated it again by starting to run before the healing process was done, just to eager to post those winter miles. Now for the next few weeks I'll try to get some walks in long enough to post in the winter challenge. Yesterday another 1 km barefoot walk at -5C windchill. The snow was a little slushy and made it feel a lot colder than than the day before. :)
     
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    Well both of those runs have been on the mild end of the Winter Challenge spectrum, plus the ground was dry, so I don't think I ever really noticed my feet feeling chilly and they stayed plenty warm while running. So right now I can say that if it's betwen 35 to 41 degrees and dry, that's no problem. Now if I'm not too lazy with this day off here, I can get out and see how my feet react to sub-freezing temps.
     
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    Okay, got it done. Temp was still about 29 degrees when I started and maybe 32 when I was done. It gave me some tingle toes at times, but I kept watch and the toes were always staying pink. The most uncomfortable part came when I got to the turnaround area, it's low and the cold air settles in there, and things were still thawing out, making it sort of damp and icy. Eventually I felt the toes starting to say, "Hey, let's get back to the higher, dryer and warmer terrain," so I turned around and got back to where everything would feel good and warm again.

    I didn't see any obvious reactions from a couple of people who were walking their dogs.
     
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    Hope you heal up quick there Dutchie. I am just hoping the slushy crap disappears soon as I do not like running in that barefoot, to hard to keep the feet warm.
     
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    Feeling not too bad Bob, hard to not break out in a run though. Another 1 km walk today at -12C with windchill with my dog. The slush is frozen today and made me want to run or at least walk faster just to keep the temp up in my feet. I don't think I will go lower than this temp range for my walks though, started to get that burning feeling in my toes at the end, that is my warning to head in or put on footwear. :coldfeet:
     
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    Just had my coldest temperature run. 9 km @ 29 degree F. The coldest I could go last winter was 34 degrees so I think my tolerance is improving. Maybe it has to do with improved blood flow to the feet. I checked the temp. of my soles after the run and they were 50 degrees, not sure what that means though, just interesting.
     
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    Sorry to hear that dutchie. Heal well and then come back to the challenge in the Spring. You don't want to ruin next summers running season (all 16 days in Winterpeg)

    Well done Mike.
     
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    Better to be safe than sorry Dutchie, I personally can't see myself walking barefoot outside at -12, I have this mental block that keeps telling me to run to keep my feet warm. Glad to hear you are getting out though.
     
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    Sole temp of 50 degrees, interesting. What are you using to check the temps, I am curious to find out what the temp of my soles are after a cold run. Last year after my -32 jaunt, the bottom of my soles were slightly damp from sweat and that was what was starting to freeze not my feet or skin. You've got me curious now and that can be dangerous, lol.
     
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    I use this infra-red thermometer. http://www.harborfreight.com/non-contact-infrared-thermometer-with-laser-targeting-60725.html
    It has a red laser that will tell you the temp. of anything you point it to. It's lots of fun, I was checking the temperatures of fellow drivers next to me on the highway on my way to work one early morning and they seemed to get as excited as I am about it! :)
     
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    Thursday was 9 miles at about 39°F. The wind chill was a few degrees lower, but like for Scratch, it was dry. My soles are a little tender, but I think it was from some very rough pavement.
     
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    1 km walk/run at -22C windchill, I think the air temp was about -15C or -17C range. Out with the dog first thing this morning and the short walk turned into a run as my toes were telling me to head for a warm place. This afternoon I was out shoveling snow in flip flops without socks in temps that were close to -30C range. My feet with flip flops were a lot more comfortable in the cold than bare feet. I was able to finish my driveway just as my feet after about 20 minutes or so before they started to complain about the cold. It would seem with just a insulating layer on the bottom of my feet seems to increase my tolerance for temps. Just a warning for those testing with what I call extreme temps, please remember that those who are brave enough to go that low have done this for more than a couple of winters. We also in likelyhood suffered frostnip and or frostbite testing these low temps, and because of this we we are very aware of the sensations that tell us to get out of the cold. So remember Winter Challenge participants that to exercise caution is a great idea, if the feet feel uncomfortable, head in before they hurt. :coldfeet:
     
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    One more suggestion if one goes deep in the minus side of thing is to keep distance short, if you can't, have something with you that you can put on your feet.
     
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    22f 16mph winds this morn.... wind chill of... forget that, the VFF are going on after a half mile.
     
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