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Discussion: advice for high school runners in the cold

in: billh

Jan 18, 2016 3:40 PM # 
my 17 year old asked if it were possible to run in cold like this, "feels like minus one", he said, to which I responded . . . "oh yes", some good running. I told him my method of encasing every square inch of my head and breathing into a neoprene mask, which creates a small buffer of warm, humidified air, though I'm just doing Easy runs, not 200m intervals, to which he responded he has difficulty breathing into the mask toward the end of his bike commute, too much CO2 buildup, I think.

the context is the team is gathering for their long run this morning because school is out for the MLK holiday. One of the seniors has a copy of JD and looked up the easy run pace based on their mile times! they are looking to run 6:50 pace for 8M. before they would run in the low 7:00, say 7:20 pace for the top group of seniors.

anyway, they are probably working too hard to breath into a face mask, so I told him to use a scarf wrap around his neck and put embrocation on his face (Aquafor, basically petro jelly), to buffer the cold air directly on the skin. then wash it off thoroughly afterwards. we'll see what he does, at least he is giving it a try. personally, I embrace adverse conditions as a chance to play the tough guy. the harder the better in my book. but not everyone operates that way. plus I have 3x the body fat of these kids, no doubt they are close to 5%, I mean these are the human form at its peak, lean, mean and muscled. really the height of human evolution/ creation. a true wonder.
Jan 18, 2016 5:43 PM # 
update: what he ended up doing was wear his thin balaclava backwards with the opening on the back of his head, covered by his hat, then breathed through the thin fabric, and could also see through it, haha, with his glasses over the outside of the fabric. wish I had a pic of that! they only did 3M, and stopped for hot chocolate halfway through the run at a friends house. haha!
Jan 19, 2016 12:48 AM # 
matzah ball:
glad he didn't hit his calf on a car bumper
Jan 19, 2016 2:35 PM # 
Kids! How do they survive?

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