Winter Running

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  1. Matt M

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    I'll be the first to post something here.



    So Ijust started barefoot running in April of this year. And by barefoot Imean mostly in my Vibram's. I have been out completely barefoot a few times, but am trying to work up to that. Now that it's getting cold outside, how do you run? I went for a quick run (just over a mile) yesterday afternoon in my Vibram's and when Igot home my feet were freezing (air temperature outside was about 20 degrees)! My toes especially were bad.



    At this point, I can't imagine going for a run much longer than that in this South Dakota weather. As of now, a treadmill is not an option, besides, Ireally HATErunning on treadmills. I'm thinking of getting some Injiji toe socks hoping that will help, but I'd love to hear what others have to say about this. Will socks help to the point that I'll be able to put on some miles?
     
  2. PeggyC

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    I started about the same time you did, totally bare. I've gotta admit as soon as summer ended, I quit running and now when I think about going out there, I just don't want to, but I do want to run, but not on a treadmill and not outside, so I just don't know.



    I bought winter under armour shirt and pants and SoftStar Mocs and Smartwool socks. all that plus a hoodie and an under armour balaclava and well, that was my plan. Can't say I've tested it. yet. I wore them around 40 degrees one day, but that's practically summer compared to today's -24 wind chill.



    Good Luck! BTW, I got the Under Armour stuff and smartwool socks at Cabelas, but I'm sure lots of places sell them, especially if you live in civilization (I don't.)
     
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  3. Matt M

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    Thanks for the reply. After I posted Idid a little digging and found something here. The guy was talking about dressing really warm everywhere else so your body can concentrate on sending warmth to the feet and toes. He also said that it takes about a mile for his feet to warm up. He mentioned that they just warm up after a while because the muscles there are working.



    I'm in Sioux Falls and yesterday it was like 10 degrees and misting all day. I put on an Under Armour shirt and hoodie sweatshirt, a headband, hat, long pants, and gloves. I went out for a run (very gingerly and mostly on grass because it was so icy and slippery everywhere else). I went for about 1.25 miles and it went well. My toes were definitely cold when I got done, but it wasn't unbearable. I'll be curious to see how my feet and toes do when I start putting on more miles this winter.
     
  4. PeggyC

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    I wore the outfit described above the other day for 1.5 miles at 9 degrees. My hips and thighs were cold. brrr....



    right now it's 36 with no wind and i'm about to go out.



    how are you doing?
     
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  5. Matt M

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    I've not been doing well with my winter running recently. I've had a head thing (vertigo, nauseousness) going on that I've been trying to get figured out. In the mean time I'm only able to go out and run occasionally.



    I received two pairs of Injiji toe socks for Christmas so when I've been able to get out and it's been colder than about 20 degrees I've worn those with my vibrams. I honestly haven't noticed much of a difference of it being any warmer for my toes. I'm REALLY looking forward to warmer weather so I can actually go out completely barefoot.
     

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