4 miles, Cambridge, 16 degrees F
Today’s run is a shorty because it directly follows a recovery day. Boston is breathtakingly cold and not for the first time, I wish I didn’t have to go outside.
Below 30 degree weather requires an undershirt, long sleeved shirt and a thick top layer. I also wear arm warmers and leg warmers to protect my boney arms and legs.
I suffer from Raynaud’s disease, which presents itself in either white extremities (loss of blood) or blue extremities (lack of oxygen or cyanosis). My toes turn the color of Nero D’Avola wine on a bad day. Occasionally I will get a Raynaud’s attack when I’m inside and the rest of my body is warm- my circulation system is just supremely compromised. Besides running with the extra layers, I also use handwarmers and mittens exclusively. Mittens allow the fingers to transmit heat amongst themselves and are far superior to gloves.
The key to running in the freezing cold is warming up before dashing outside. Avoiding those 10 minutes of adjustment is such a blessing. I am not cold during the run and by the end, my only issues are my ever-complaining diseased hands and feet. Today I grew an impressive nose icicle.