5 Things About Winter Running We Can’t Stand

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1) Frozen hydration

Whether it is a handheld, fuel belt, or hydration pack, all fluid systems are susceptible to freezing when the mercury drops. And unfortunately, it’s a catch-22. The longer you run, the more likely you are going to need hydration. But the longer your run, the more likely your hydration will freeze.

2) Eyelash-icles

The constant moisture brewing in your eyes is beneficial for your eye health. And eyelashes serve as a small filter to keep dust, pollen, and other air irritants out of the eye.

But as any distance runner who maintains mileage outside in the winter knows, this creates a very annoying combination. “Eyelashicles” make for really fun photos, but that’s about it.

3) Unsafe surfaces

Is it snow? Is it slush? Is it ice? Is it pavement? Sometimes you don’t realize the surface you’ve transitioned onto until it is too late. Slippery surfaces are a recipe for faceplants, ripped tights, and bloody palms — you’re lucky if you come away from a fall unscathed.

4) Shorter days

Are you a morning or evening runner? Doesn’t matter. Winter hates both of you. Only the lunchtime runner (curse you and your good fortune!) can slip away for a few miles in the sunlight. The only good news is that you can sleep in a bit on the weekends while waiting for the sun to warm the earth a bit.

5) Laundry

You basically need to do an entire load every time you go running. Socks, tights (extra tights?), short sleeved shirt, long sleeved shirt, jacket, vest, gloves, and a hat. For one run. For one person. 10ish articles of clothing X 5ish days a week = laundry hell.

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