Okay so it’s not exactly winter here yet but with so many days of crazy rain lately, it certainly is feeling like it! We don’t usually get a lot of snow here in Vancouver but we do have this horrendously chilling version of freezing, cold rain that has a way of getting right down to the bone on those long, wet runs. Oh winter in Vancouver, how I love thee.

Not exactly.

But, there are a few things I can think of that I DO love about winter running. Even here in Vancouver.  In fact, as I sit here in recovery mode, there are actually a few things I’m looking forward to when I’m able to start running again (because it’s going to be a whole lot chillier and probably wetter than the last time I ran!)

Running tights…

I still remember how terrified I was the first time I wore running tights to Run Club all those years ago because I’d never worn tight pants in public before. After all these hours and miles in tights however, I’ve grown to love ‘em. Black, warm (my Mizuno Breath Thermo tights are so cozy!), smooth and with all that compression they’re kind of like full-length Spanx! Okay maybe not but I do like how they tend to support my muscles and hide those thigh ripples that show up in race photos when I wear shorts. 

Ahh, cozy long tights!

Ahh, cozy long tights!

Wool socks…

I never did much hiking or camping as a kid so I really didn’t know much about wool socks until I started running. I was completely flabbergasted the first time I wore a pair on a really wet, rainy run and even though my feet were completely soaked, wait for it, they stayed warm! I still smile to myself with satisfaction every time I step in a puddle wearing my wool socks because I know it really doesn’t matter, they’ll be warm no matter how wet.

Wet runs like these NEED wool socks!

Wet runs like these NEED wool socks!

Ice baths are a bit easier…

Okay, ice baths are never easy. But I can honestly say that when I come back from a long, cold, wet run and sit in that tub while the icy cold water fills around me, it seems far less shocking to the system than after running on a hot day.

 

Brrr.

Brrr.

 

I can wash my pack less often…

In the summer it seemed like I was washing my hydration pack after almost every single run. In only a tank top, it seemed like the pack was absorbing almost all of my sweat and therefore not smelling so, um, fresh even after just one run. In the winter, there’s so many more layers of clothing to absorb the sweat that although soaked from the rain, my pack seems to stay ‘fresher’ than it does in the summer. (And yes, taking everything apart to wash a pack is actually a lot of work!)

Seriously, look at all those pockets and straps and hoses to untangle before washing!

Seriously, look at all those pockets and straps and hoses to untangle before washing!

People think you’re tough…

I’ve always thought of myself as pretty wimpy so I take a distinct amount of pleasure when people comment how ‘crazy’ or ‘tough’ or ‘committed’ I am to have run through <insert horrible, freezing cold, wet weather description here>. Its kind of silly but I like the satisfaction I feel knowing that years ago I never would have even considered running on such yucky rainy days. But now, my goals are so much bigger than my distaste for cold weather and that’s pretty cool if you ask me. 

Do I look tough? Or just silly all bundled up!

Do I look tough? Or just silly all bundled up!

There are so many other things about winter running that I love like the sound of my runners crunching through the snow, bundling up in cozy gear and that refreshing feeling of unzipping your jacket to cool down even when it’s freezing cold out. Winter running can be pretty miserable but if you let yourself, you can find so many little things about it to love.

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I’m linking up with Patty, Erika and April for their Tuesdays on the Run linkup so be sure to check out what some of the others have to say about winter running this week!

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  1. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine    

    These are great points, although I would have to say I would always choose shorts over running tights! I feel like I have a really hard time finding tights with a comfortable waistband. In general its nice that all my stuff doesn’t get as sweaty and smelly, although with all the extra layers there is usually more laundry!
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    1. slowfastnik    

      Oh yes, the winter run gear laundry piles are EPIC! Especially with all the gloves, toques, ear bands etc. And it is hard to find the right tights but once you’ve got them, you’re golden. My two favourite pairs are my Mizuno Breath Thermo tights and the Lululemon Ice Queen tights. Both good for tall girls too!

  2. Smitha @ FauxRunner    

    *shudder* on ice baths after a cold run!! I skip that totally!!
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    1. slowfastnik    

      You know, I suppose the whole run itself is kind of like an ice bath…maybe I should skip it too! Nah, just adds to the ‘tough’ factor! Ha ha.

  3. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets    

    When you run in the cold, the world lets you know how crazy you are, I know that much!! I am in need in some high quality running tights…think I’ll finally invest in a pair this winter!

    I can’t even imagine doing an ice bath ever….wow, that’s definitely the definition of tough!
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    1. slowfastnik    

      You bet it does! And maybe I’m weird but I kinda love it. Mizuno makes some great winter tights and they’re nice and long too!

  4. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home    

    I’m going to say that I don’t love winter running, here in Chicago. It can get pretty brutal. But I’m out there, doing it. Because worse than running in the cold is running on the treadmill!
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    1. slowfastnik    

      Oh yes, you guys have some crazy winters! We’re pretty lucky here that we don’t get super freezing temps or a bunch of snow but that darn freezing rain does a pretty nasty number on us anyway. I think I’d probably run on my treadmill even more if I lived in a place with cold winters like yours!

  5. Ange @ Cowgirl Runs    

    I’m not sure you could pay me enough to have an ice bath after a run in the snow :)
    I’m okay running in the snow until it hits -20. Anything colder than that and you’ll find me grumbling about life on the treadmill :)
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  6. Lacey@fairytalesandfitness    

    I hate taking ice baths even in the summer. I come back and still take hot baths. Maybe I will have to try an ice bath one of these days.
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    1. slowfastnik    

      You know, ice baths are awful but as much as I hate to admit it, they DO work wonders I find. Or maybe it’s just psychological. Who knows. I do my ice bath and then wait 30 mins to have my beautiful, wonderful, enjoyable hot soak if I need to warm up. If not, I wait until that night and have a good soak and it’s heaven.

  7. April at RunTheGreatWideSomewhere    

    I love how you focused on the positives about winter running! I have to disagree with you on the ice baths. After a long hot Florida summer run, an ice bath is positively refreshing. In the winter, I have to bundle up in a jacket and hat and run a space heater to convince myself to take one! Thanks for linking up with us today!

    1. slowfastnik    

      Well thank you for hosting! Love the topics! Ice baths kinda suck no matter what time of year it is…

  8. MCM Mama    

    I love winter running too! There’s something special about getting out there on a super cold day. But you won’t catch me in an ice bath in the winter – I’m all about the super hot epsom salt bath!
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    1. slowfastnik    

      Oooh, yes, I love those super hot epsom salt baths too!

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