Project Snow: Stay Active and Fit This Winter!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on October 15, 2009

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Project Snow: Stay Active and Fit This Winter!

Behold the SNOW WARRIOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mother Nature’s got nothing on us this winter!

What is Project Snow?

Project Snow is a personal challenge to myself and all of my readers to stay committed to exercise (and have fun doing it) this Fall and Winter.

Specifically, I am challenging myself and all willing participants to commit to a minimum of 1-2 outdoor workouts throughout the Fall and Winter seasons. This will be a huge challenge for myself (and many of you) living in a Northern climate!

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Why am I doing this? Am I nuts?!

I definitely think I am crazy for doing this challenge and I will think that even more once the bad weather really hits. I do not have a good track record with respect to exercising outdoors when it is cold out. I’m a wuss! I have always opted to stay inside a warm gym during the cold months, but I often find that my mood takes a huge hit when I am indoors for such a long stretch of time. Even with getting in my indoor workouts, I find myself feeling quite low over the winter. I strongly suspect that this is due to not getting outside enough. Fresh air and natural light can do wonders for the mood, especially when it gets dark at 5pm!

BEHOLD THE PROJECT SNOW FURY!!!!!!

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Will you ‘attack’ winter with me? :D

My new motto is this:

For most types of weather, I will prepare for it and dress accordingly. Nature is to be enjoyed in all seasons, shapes, and forms and not only during 25C, sunny days.

Wait, isn’t working out in really bad weather…DANGEROUS?!

Yes, it sure is. And that is why I am not going to workout in dangerous conditions! I want to be very clear about this too. In no way, shape, or form am I encouraging you to go outside when it is not safe to do so whether that be due to extreme cold, darkness, or slippery conditions. As always, use your good judgment about it.

We have to be smart about Project Snow. When it is safe for me to do so, I will be getting outside for some activity and only when it is safe. If you feel like it is not safe to venture outdoors for a workout, please do not do so! I certainly will not be running outside when it is slippery or too cold outside.

How does Project Snow work?

Project Snow was created so that all of us can share our outdoor exercise tips and tricks with one another, in addition to encouraging each other to stay active and positive until Spring time. If we BOND together over these cold months, we can not only keep our spirits up, but stay fit and learn something while we are at it!

Over the fall and winter months, I will be providing tips and tricks that I learn along the way. I will also be asking questions for discussion so everyone can offer their own advice and experiences!

What type of activities can I do? I don’t like running!

You don’t have to run by any means! In fact, on really cold or snowy days, I won’t be running either. You can do anything from walking, hiking, snowshoeing, snowboarding, shoveling snow, skiing, etc etc! The sky is the limit! As long as you are getting outside and getting your heart rate up it is ALL good. :D

How do I participate?

All you have to do is commit to keeping active outdoors this Fall and Winter and make sure to stay up to date on my Project Snow posts. I also encourage you to contribute in the discussion and let everyone know how things are going over on your end! Tell us what the weather is like where you live and what you are doing to stay active!

What if I live in a warm climate? Can I still participate?

Of course you can! Just be sure to invite me to your place this winter! ;)

Project Snow Tip #1: LAYER YOUR CLOTHING!

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This was me before my run yesterday! It was cold out (around 4C/39F), and I really didn’t want to run outside. After receiving a few encouraging Tweets, I decided to bundle up and get out there!

Bottom layer: Sports Bra tank

Middle Layer: Shape Jacket

Top Layer: Shell/Windbreaker jacket

I also wore some cotton gloves (yes, with the hole! haha) and a hat. I like hats in the cold temperatures because they keep the heat in.

The run:

  • Distance: 3.4 miles
  • Duration: 30:47 mins
  • Avg speed: 9:10 min/mile
  • Max Heart rate: 176 bpm
  • Avg HR: 165 bpm

I love layering, but I always have one major problem: What do I do with the layers once I warm up and get too hot? I wanted to take my jacket off, but I had no where to put it so I left it on!

I would appreciate to hear from you guys on this! Leave a comment below if you’d like to join in on the fun.

Project Snow is Sketchie approved! He says he will cheer me on from his warm bed. ;)

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What do you do with your layers? Tie around the waist? I would think this would get in the way. Share your ideas!

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Project Snow’s next topic will be a tip I learned on how to make it much easier getting outside when you don’t want to.

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 15, 2009 at 11:10 am

Is there possibly somewhere that you can drop your jacket halfway and pick it back up and tie around the waist?? Hmm..nevermind that sounds like alot of work! I hate working out with something tied around my waist because it always keeps falling off. I will like hearing these suggestions!!

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Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) October 15, 2009 at 11:16 am

Haha, love it! I don’t have a choice but to go out in the winter…my beagle needs to be walked, even if I’m a big wuss about all of that snow on the ground :P

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Kate B October 15, 2009 at 11:19 am

Hey Angela! I live in Ontario too and it is already getting really chilly here! I do love running outside in this weather, it is my favourite time of year! However, it does get challenging when the snow starts to build up and I would love to participate in Project Snow because I know that come winter I will want to only workout on my treadmill, but going outside is a good challenge!
Good luck to all of us who live in a cooler climate!

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Amanda October 15, 2009 at 11:19 am

Love this idea – motivation and support to run when it’s freezing!!

Hopefully you’ll be running in a familiar area, and in that case, I usually hide my layer in a bush along the way or something and then go pick it up in the car later. OR you could plan a route that has laps (a track?) and grab it once you’re done. Around the waist is annoying!!

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Karin October 15, 2009 at 11:22 am

Project snow is such a fantastic idea! I also have no motivation in winter (I live in Switzerland) as it’s mostly cold and dark outside.. About the warm & then too hot problem: I always wear a jacket (like here: http://www.givemebananas.com/?p=83) and just pull the zipper down a little bit. If it’s winter I really like fingerless gloves (are they even called like that? lol) and bandeaus because they still allow the fingers and head to cool down. And also: I once read that it’s best when you get outside and feel a little bit cold at first. So when you get warm during your run you don’t get too hot.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 15, 2009 at 11:23 am

great tips!

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Lauren October 15, 2009 at 11:22 am

I live in the Chicagoland area so it’s already cold! I like wearing a puffy down vest because my arms are free but it really keeps my core warm. I just start to unbutton it when I get warm. If I’m wearing a zip sweatshirt, I take it and kind of tuck it in half and wrap tightly around my waist. I tuck it in half so none of it’s hanging and getting in my way. Does that make sense? I have a question-I carry my phone and even keys with mase on me for safety reasons, do you do anything like this? What do you do with it? I put them in my pocket but sometimes it’s really annoying.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 15, 2009 at 11:26 am

I put everything in my pocket too…and yes it gets annoying. I hear the Spibelts are good? I think thats what they are called anyways!

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Shelly October 15, 2009 at 5:16 pm

I have a spibelt and it is great! It stretches enough to hold my blackberry, keys, and a gel pretty easily. It is also very comfortable and doesn’t really move a lot unless I’ve got something heavy like a camera in there. Of course, it still looks somewhat dorky. :)

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Ryan @ Greens for Good October 15, 2009 at 11:23 am

When I was running last winter (it DOES get cold in FL) I followed the “dress as if it is 20 degrees-F warmer out than it actually is” rule. So if it was 40 degrees out, I dressed for 60 degrees and it worked really well to avoid having to remove layers.

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Ryan @ Greens for Good October 15, 2009 at 11:25 am

I believe the Celsius conversion for this is about 11 degrees…

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Carolyn October 15, 2009 at 11:25 am

I’m scared of Ontario winter this year :( BC has wimpified me for winter the past few years!

I tie the jacket up around my waist or partially unzip whatever I can (without making my clothes into wind sails). I thought having my jacket flapping around my hips would be awful and distracting, but I hardly even notice it’s there. Alternatively, I plan my route to circle a drop-spot (like my house or the Running Room store) mid-run. And pockets in my clothes are of course used for ditching gloves if needed.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 15, 2009 at 11:27 am

LOL @ windsails ;)

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Kristin October 15, 2009 at 11:30 am

I have read that when you go out for a run in the winter you should be a little chilly because you will warm up. Not sure if that means leaving one layer off or what! Just an idea!

Kristin

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Nikki T October 15, 2009 at 12:16 pm

I follow Ryan’s above comment of the 20 degrees warmer thing too…and I know I will get hot as I run, but it’s just SO hard to get out there in the snow while you’re feeling chilly at first!

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janetha October 15, 2009 at 11:31 am

hooray i already bought my season pass so i will be participating in this challenge by snowboarding 3+ times a week! and i love to hike in the snow as well, it is SO much harder than regular hiking! but the reward is so much bigger.. you get to snowboard down a glorious mountain of fresh snow :) LOVE the photos of you all bundled up. and of sketchie of course <3

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Gillian October 15, 2009 at 11:31 am

I usually dress so I am a bit colder starting out because I know I will turn into an over after about 10 minutes! I usually find I need to take gloves off after a bit because my hands will start to sweat while running. You skin is going to get super dry from sweating and being in cold (well I find mine does anyways) so finding good moisturizer is key! Other then running I like to snowboard and ice skate outside to enjoy the outdoors in the winter!

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Shannon (The Daily Balance) October 15, 2009 at 11:32 am

hahaha those photos are classic! I will definitely join in the challenge! GREAT idea ;)

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Diana October 15, 2009 at 11:35 am

Lmao, that first picture cracked me up :D
I’ll just keep going to the gym during the winter, though :P

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Karen October 15, 2009 at 11:35 am

I dress as light as possible for my runs, and the first mile or so is cold and awful. For example, in 39 degree weather I’ll wear shorts and a short-sleeved shirt with a long-sleeved shirt over it. I’ll wear a headband to keep my ears warm. It’s miserable at first and then it suddenly turns wonderful–once I warm up it feels perfect. I’ll often shed the long-sleeved shirt and tie it around my waist.

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Nikki T October 15, 2009 at 11:42 am

First of all, that Snow Warrior outfit is SWEET! Haha!
I’m totally IN on Project Snow- I’m definately going to need help getting motivated to get my foot out the door in the snow, but I plan on doing it!! I’ve signed up for the Resolution Run on Jan 1st, 2010…I thought that would keep me motivated to run outdoors in the cold…?!?
Yesterday, I will admit, I skipped my run. It was about -4 C and windy with show blowing horizontally (Honestly, where did FALL go?!) It’s supposed to warm up this weekend, so I’m hoping that the slippery road clears up a bit so I can get out there. I agree- no running when it’s DANGEROUS!
I usually make my last layer a windbreaker, it’s light and easier to deal with when it’s tied around my waist once I get too hot.
I just got my SPIbelt in the mail (after reading Caitlin’s review on it…yeah, I’m a sucker for advertising!). Haven’t tried it yet, but I did shove my Blackberry in it yesterday and it fits! I normally don’t run with my phone, but I figure when its slippery and I’m running alone, I want to be able to contact someone if I did happen to fall or get hurt.

Looking forward to the post on how to get outside when you really don’t want to!!

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Katie (A Running Start) October 15, 2009 at 11:43 am

I love the idea of Project Snow!! I’m in COLD Wisconsin and I’m so taking this challenge!! LOVE IT! :)

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Laura October 15, 2009 at 11:45 am

I usually leave a layer off – if it’s really cold out, to the point where I’d be uncomfortable for the first part of my run, I’ll get fully dressed for outside and do a quick warm up inside, just jogging around my apartment and doing some jumping jacks. Since I’ve got my outside gear on, my body heats up really quickly, and I take that warmth with me when I get outside. :)

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Nikki T October 15, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Good idea! I may have to steal this one…

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Shelly October 15, 2009 at 11:48 am

I am actually really excited b/c I live in New Orleans (and yes, you are welcome to visit and come run- may I suggest the Mardi Gras 1/2 or full Marathon in Feb.? The weather here is beautiful in February!) and I just realized that I managed to run all summer long, despite the horrible heat and now, it’s going to get easier for the next 6 months! I will definitely be out and about, although it probably won’t be snowing here. I generally wear a T-shirt and long pants to run in the winter. I find that I’m a little chilly at the start, but once I get going, I get hot and would rather not wear a long sleeve layer b/c tying it around my waist, while doable, isn’t incredibly comfortable.

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Leah @ L4L October 15, 2009 at 11:48 am

My fiance wears a water belt when he runs and if he starts shedding layers, he ties them around the belt at the small of his back.

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Valerie October 15, 2009 at 11:52 am

lmao that picture is gold! love it!

In the winter I typically go for brisk walks. Not as much of a workout as a run, but I try to choose a pace that elevates my heart rate. Something else I like to do in the winter (because I’m a kid at heart) is just to go outside and play in the snow! Throw on some snow pants and your usual gear and just go play, make a fort, snowman, whatever. Tobogganing is also great, especially if you choose a pretty steep hill!

As for layering, I try to just brave the cold for the first 5-10 minutes until I’m warm since I tend to get pretty warm while working out! I typically wear a thin tank or tee, light hoodie and then either a thin windproof jacket or a thicker hoodie depending on the temp.

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Jennifer Q October 15, 2009 at 11:52 am

I can’t believe its that cold already! I live in Mississippi and its been in the 80s everyday this week.

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Amy October 15, 2009 at 11:55 am

I do the bulk of my long distance training in the cold months. I always run the Hypothermic Half in January… and a half in May.

I always dress for 10 degrees warmer than it actually is.

Typically I wear a long sleeved technical T, a a technical T, and my running shell. Usually I just wear a pair of lulus on the bottom, the odd time (-20) I will wear some wicking long johns (i got mine at costco for $16!!) which are great. I’m always plenty warm!

A wickable touque is a lifesaver too! Dollar store gloves are great too… my hands always get too hot while running. So they always end up off. I don’t feel too guilty losing them knowing that I only paid $1 for them!

Another good tip, is to wear your fuel belt under your jacket as they tend to freeze.

You will love winter running. I promise.

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[email protected] October 15, 2009 at 11:56 am

I love the “snow” picture! Was that taken recently? I can’t imagine a scene like that as I live in Florida and it is still so hot here…….=( Great layering, wish I could do it!

=) Laura @ Finding A Healthy Balance…..after a 100+ POUND weight loss!

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Diana October 15, 2009 at 11:56 am

you could chart a route starting from your house (or some other starting point) that’s half the distance of the total run you want to do and run it twice. That way you could take one or more articles of clothing off at the half way point and not have to worry about going back to get them later.

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lena October 15, 2009 at 11:58 am

Ha ha! i love those pics! you are funny! btw, i think i would brisk walk in winter too if i had winter but for now, i do whatever i can even if it’s rain as long as it isn’t a downpour. but the weather here is amazing… Amazingly hot!!! so strip down to your swimsuits! :) or tank tops! best way to exercise in hot climate!!

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Abby Grisham-Tichenor October 15, 2009 at 12:02 pm

This is awesome! I have been trying to figure out how to get outside for workouts. ( I shovel snow for a good workout.) Especially since winter seems to be coming earlier this year; (where did Fall in the Midwest go?? Was it ever here??) I want to make certain I am able to get outside and get that mood up!

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Mellissa October 15, 2009 at 12:05 pm

I am a cold wimp! I love this challenge but tend to hide inside during the winter. Living in Minneapolis makes winter workouts tough when its -20F! While I will not do outdoor workouts every week I am committed to trying 3 new outside activities this winter.

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Kristie Lynn October 15, 2009 at 12:09 pm

I’m so in. This morning it was 39 degrees with a bit of rain and wind but I went out there and did 3 miles :) I wore a short sleeve tech t with a non-cotton zip up sweatshirt over it on the top (along with a cheapo hat from Old Navy and gloves from Target that were only 75 cents), and running tights with pj shorts over them (I’m just a wee bit self conscious about how running tights look on me still). I was plenty warm – just needed to take off the hat and gloves a mile in, which I just stuffed in my pockets. It was a good refresher for me in how tough it is to get out there, but how good it feels once you’re going. :-D

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Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries October 15, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Hahaha I love your snowsuit montage!! And the sketchy pics!

I have the same layering dilemma! I’ll be checking your comments for advice!!

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Barbara October 15, 2009 at 12:15 pm

I’m in!

I live in a 4 seasons a year climate which means we get hot summers (around 30 – 35C), but also cold and dark winters (not as cold as yours, but the temperatures do drop to about -10C below zero). So project snow is definitely a go for me (I also really don’t like gyms)

Right now I’m still running outside (despite the killer wind), but I’m as baffled about layers as you are. What is working for me right now is wearing less layers but adding a scarf (or something around my neck) and a hat. I find it that I’m only really cold for the first 5 to 10 minutes of the run (now that the temps are not really low) so the hat and the scarf keep me warm in the beginning and they’re easy to tie around the waist or basically get rid of.

Oh I can’t do this due to living in an apartment building but you could totally run by your house once and get rid of the “extra” stuff. It might mess up with your route but for a while (until it gets so cold you’ll need all the layers you can put on) it might be worth it?

Oh and love the pictures in this post. Hilarious!

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Crystal October 15, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Living in CO I have started many a run in layers and ended in a t shirt! I usually tie long sleeves around my waist in a double knot (there have been times I ended up with 3 shirts around my waist!) or, if I am on a longer run, I will tie layers around the straps on my CamelBack. It is def. not ideal but better that freezing in the begining or overheating at the end. I always think I look ridiculous until I see that everyone else has don the same thing!

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Michelle October 15, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Great Post! I live here in Chicago and like your home it gets super cold here! Yes layering is key. And I have tied my top layer around my waist a few times before. In fact I ran a half like that before b/c I liked my shirt to much to throw it away! But like a previous comment I too try to dress like it’s a little warmer outside than it actually is. I’m pretty cold natured but when running i tend to warm up super quickly. Dry fit shirts are key as well as hat and gloves. :)

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Cecilia October 15, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Can I join the project even if I don’t expect having trouble getting outdoors this fall/winter? I do live in a cold, dark climate but I ran through all of last winter, at least 3 times a week (love the snow!), so I don’t think it’ll be that hard to do it this year as well, but it would be nice to have the extra incentive that project snow will provide, especially since I’ll be training for a marathon all through the winter season.

As for clothing, I find that it’s important to make sure that all your layers are made of wicking/breathing fabrics, otherwise it’s easy to overheat once you get into the workout. As for the jacket, when I get too warm I unzip my jacket, which usually helps. If it’s still too hot, I just take it off and tie it around my hips. Yeah, it might not be the best look, but who cares?

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Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama October 15, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Thanks for linking to my giveaway! :)

I have yet to master running outside. I am actually terrified of being hit bye cars :( – I hear a new story at least a few times a month where a runner or a biker has been hit in the Seattle area. It’s tragic!

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Jess October 15, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Count me in! I’m glad to see that shoveling snow ‘counts’! I have a feeling I”ll be doing lots of that this year :)

I just ran outside for the first time in a LONG while.It was only a mile, but it was drizzling and only about 40 degrees. I think I need to invest in some actual running clothes if I’m going to keep that up. It was quite chilly. Gloves are a MUST.

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Susan October 15, 2009 at 12:42 pm

I just ran 5 miles in -1C weather!! I wore a longsleeve turtleneck I bought at the Running Room with long spandex capris, a running hat, and gloves. It was perfect! I actually took the gloves off a few times. My warm-up was COLD, but 5 minutes into running, I felt very comfortable. Although, my ears were definitely cold by the end of it… ear muffs maybe??

Oh, and you forgot skating and sledding in your list! I LOVE skating on outdoor rinks in the winter. And you can never outgrow sledding – climbing back up that hill is a tough workout! :P

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katie October 15, 2009 at 12:50 pm

love the idea of project snow! i had wanted to continue running outside during the winter at least 1 or 2 days a week, and hopefully this will keep me motivated when its cold and dark out ;)

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jessica October 15, 2009 at 12:52 pm

I’m definitely on board!! Ottawa is even colder than TO on most days sadly.

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Mary October 15, 2009 at 12:52 pm

I am a WUSS too…I can’t convince myself to get outside to run in the cold. But I am up for the challenge. I find my mood slips during the winter months and am sure it is lack of fresh air. I’ll be bundling up and getting out there.

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Dori October 15, 2009 at 12:53 pm

I hate being cold so much. I look forward to your posts on Project Snow because they might inspire me to get outside . . . but I think my workouts will turn to the boring treadmill. I already did this week :(

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Ashley October 15, 2009 at 1:07 pm

I would love to walk in the winter, but alas no one shovels their sidewalks and it’s to dangerous to walk on the streets.

Another problem is I get home from work at 5pm. It gets dark about 30 minutes later.

So I think I’ll stick with the gym on the week days.

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Lizzie October 15, 2009 at 1:10 pm

I do NOT like the winter!!! BUT I feel like it makes me a better/stronger runner, so am learning to just deal with it. Unfortunately I don’t have any suggestions as to where to put the jacket – mine usually goes around my waist (note, this does not work when it’s raining – jacket just soaks up water and feels like a lead weight!). I dress for it to be 20 degrees warmer than it is outside, b/c once I get going, it will feel like that. I focus more on my chest, head, and hands as that’s where I tend to get cold the most. Excited about Project Snow – great idea!!

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Britt (runnerbelle) October 15, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Great idea!!!

I live in Norther New England so winters can be a bit challenging, BUT I gotta get out there and train for my spring marathon!

I have been known to run in sub-zero weather (that is in fahrenheit), snowstorms, sleet, freezing rain, etc. I’d go crazy if I had to log all those miles on a treadmill though.

My tips…layers definitely are key. If I need to shed a layer I will tie it around my waist or tuck it behind a tree and get it later. I love the “What should I wear” tool on Runner’s World.

http://www.runnersworld.com/cda/whattowear/0,7152,s6-240-325-330-0,00.html

It can feel so chilly when you first step out, but this tool gives me a reality check of how heavily I really need to dress…. or should I say how light I need to dress. It is good to start out a little cool for your run as you quickly warm up!

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Allison (Balance in Bites) October 15, 2009 at 1:33 pm

It’s getting cold in Boston too, but I’ve vowed to keep on running outside despite the cold!

I highly recommend getting half-zip tops – that way, you can unzip the top when you start to heat up. Like this one: http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=9957046

I also try to dress as lightly as I can, and even if I’m chilly to begin with, I know I’m going to heat up as I go along.

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Kristine October 15, 2009 at 1:34 pm

I live in a cold climate too and think this is an awesome idea! I actually got frostbite on my toes last winter from running outside! I am hoping they are better this year and I will be able to run more outside! I don’t mind running in the cold (as long as i’m wearing enough layers) but running in the snow/ice is horrible!

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Christine October 15, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Great idea, exercise motivation is a challenge for me in cold weather and I’m hoping to get more snowboarding in this year.

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Steph October 15, 2009 at 1:37 pm

I would absolutely love to sample some Glo Bars for free!!

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Heather October 15, 2009 at 1:40 pm

I am SO excited about this.
since ive taken up running, and def. like outdoors better than treadmill, ive been thinking about this coming winter and how i am going to go about this.

Should i get a new gym membership?
Should I suck it up and purchase a treadmill?
Should I move to Texas? (ok. ive never been THAT serious about the thought process.)

I am SO EXCITED about this challenge. Getting OUTSIDE and doing some exercise :) SUCH A GREAT IDEA.
and i love these photos, Angela. Just precious! :)

and i agree with Lizzie, above, this will make me a better/stronger runner if i can continue to run through the coldness. And that is so worth it.

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Oxidaisy October 15, 2009 at 1:45 pm

I am so in! I already had this idea, to keep going outside this winter. I tend to hide inside too,and it makes me miserable. So I will definately join the Project! With all of us together mother N really has nothing on us!
I finally get the layering thing now: it’s 20 degrees for Fahrenheit! I never really got how it would be smart to dress like it were 25C when it’s actually 0…lol.
Those pictures are hilarious, hahaha! Thank you for this post. It gave me the courage to go outside in a while. It is dark already so I will have to skip the park and just run around the block. I am happy that it is still about 12C over here (during the day).

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Allison October 15, 2009 at 2:11 pm

I’m lucky enough to live in California, so I don’t have to deal with snow or anything extreme…but it also means I’m a wuss who starts to freeze when it drops below 60 F! This is a great idea; for me the toughest part is finding time to workout during the day because…well, there’s not nearly as much time *in* the day in the winter!

For some motivation…try doing a light warm-up inside before going out to run or whatever. Just a couple minutes of push-ups, crunches, and jumping jacks, then throw on your last layer and dash outside–your heart’s already pumping and you’re a little warm so that first mile won’t be so miserable (and if you wimp out, hey, at least you did something!).

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Kristen October 15, 2009 at 2:15 pm

haha I love the snow warrior pics!! THAT is why you are my favorite blogger ^_^

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carolinebee October 15, 2009 at 2:16 pm

ANg this is AWESOME!! Especially since I just moved to Boston…and I’m already frozen…and it’s October….
YIKES :O
I’m excited though, and i do have a gym pass but i will def be frolicking in the snow!! I like the tie around waist deal, or else the drop-off is good too if u loop by your house! I will be keeping my eyes peeled for project snow updates :D

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carolinebee October 15, 2009 at 2:16 pm

hahha..OH SHE SNOWS!!

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Recipes for Creativity October 15, 2009 at 2:27 pm

I love the idea…I hope I can be brave enough to participate! I am going to join the gym for Nov, Dec, Jan so I can keep running…but maybe I’ll do some walking or hiking outside through the winter. And I’m being a total wuss, because in live in the mountains of North Carolina and it’s not nearly as cold here as where I grew up (New England) or where you live! So I’ll try my best :)

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Amanda October 15, 2009 at 2:56 pm

If shoveling counts I’m in! I’ve become a master at layering, which is really important when shoveling your car out of a 4ft snow drift!!! Plus my asthma ‘loves’ the cold. lol

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Melissa October 15, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Your Snow Warrior pictures made me laugh out loud! So cute!

I live in Boston and the weather is already getting cold. I’m going to go my best to participate, taking my dog for winter walks and bundling up for chilly runs. :)

I ran a 1/2 Marathon with a long sleeve shirt tied around my waist. I tucked the sleeves in after I tied them so they weren’t dangling in front of me. I also tried rolling the shirt a bit before I tied it so it didn’t hang too long in the back.

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Lynna October 15, 2009 at 3:32 pm

I’m definitely a wuss when it comes to running outside in the winter. Even in only slightly cold temperatures the chill always makes my ears hurt really badly and start throbbing. I’ve tried wearing a headband over my ears but sometimes they don’t stay up or aren’

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Lynna October 15, 2009 at 3:35 pm

I’m definitely a wuss when it comes to running outside in the winter. Even in only slightly cold temperatures the chill always makes my ears hurt really badly and start throbbing. I’ve tried wearing a headband over my ears but sometimes they don’t stay up or aren’t warm enough (in addition to looking pretty silly). They can also get pretty gross once you start sweating. Any ideas for this?

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Carolyn October 15, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Forgot to mention – this will be my first Ontario winter running outside, but other runners in my city have been recommending that I buy those spiked things that attach to your shoes so that you get traction in the snow – they said it’s sort of weird at first, but the safety reasons are worth it and you do get used to them. Can’t remember what they’re called right now.

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Bronwyn October 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Well I’m in Vancouver right now so we don’t really get “winter” as most Canadians do. ;) But i will participate fully. I have a half marathon in February, so no hybernating for me!

I fully plan to train outside when I’m at home for winter vacation too. There’ll be snow (and more sun hopefully) then here for sure.

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Sammi October 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Good luck on getting out there in the snow! Skiing would definitely be my exercise of choice if it actually snowed enough down here in southern virginia! My running route right now is a 2.5 mile loop around town and ends back at my neighborhood so what I’ll be doing to shed the layers is throw whatever I take off at the entrance of my neighborhood and pick it back up whenever I’m finished (after the second loop right now, hopefully the distance will keep growing though!) I cannot wait for it to start getting colder because I just bought a running jacket a few days ago. I will be doing project snow except without the snow lol.

By the way, I just completed my first race last Saturday. It was a 5k and I did way better than I thought I would. Thinking of you and the other people whose blogs I read really helped me keep up my pace when I got half way through and wanted to slow down. My final time ended up being 30.35 and hopefully the race I’m running this coming up Saturday will be even better because it won’t have the hills that the first one did!
I just wanted to thank you so much :)

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Tracey @ TropicalHappiness October 15, 2009 at 5:29 pm

I live in South Florida, so I might not be participating, but can I borrow your heavy jacket for my office!?? It is SERIOUSLY FREEZING in here. I just had to contact the office manager to close off the AC vent in my office! LOL!

I look forward to your wintery expeditions… what a way to challenge yourself!

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Tay October 15, 2009 at 5:31 pm

lol!!!!! You crack me up Ang!!! :-D

I live in CA, so not too hard to do outdoor workouts since I would do them all through the winter months anyways ;-) Sorry it’s too easy for me!! hehe

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Kristin @ runningsongs October 15, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Count me in! I find running in the winter is WAY more enjoyable than running in the summer… yeah… you need to be more careful about doing certain workouts on potentially trecherous footing… and there is the whole “freezing extraneous body parts” thing to worry about, but there is nothing more calming than running in fresh snow.

My winter running tip? Don’t forget sunscreen. Even if 90% of your face is covered. AND… moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

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Rachel October 15, 2009 at 5:51 pm

This is great. Just the other day, when it started to get quite nippy up here in the Nation’s Capital I was dreading the idea of starting up the gym membership again, just for the sake of a treadmill. I do try to get out running as much as I can in the winter. I think my lowest was -35’C! (that was a little much, but really, if you bundle up you’d be surprised at how warm it gets once you get going).

Other than bundling up, some key tips would be:
1. Do not go out if it’s slippery conditions. I’ve learned the hard way.
2. Moisturize – especially your hands. Even now as I type I’m noticing the dryness from lack of gloves in this fall weather.

Has anyone done much snowshoeing? I heard it’s a killer workout.

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Amanda October 15, 2009 at 6:17 pm

I can’t say that this is really an issue for me since I live in Northwest Florida. :-) If you are coming back through the same path you left on you could always grab it on the way back home. I have more of a problem with having water available to me without having to carry it on me.

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Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope October 15, 2009 at 6:29 pm

You’re cracking me up! I think i would win this challenge since I live in Florida;)

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Jil October 15, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Majorly supporting Project Snow! and love the goofy bundled up pictures in the beginning of the post. Love it! haha

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Meredith (Pursuing Balance) October 15, 2009 at 7:25 pm

How fun! I live in Miami, but we still bundle up here. By the low 70s we have out jackets and scarves!

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Molly October 15, 2009 at 7:28 pm

I just moved to a warmer climate where winters are much more mild than what I’m used to, but I will be home for about a month Dec-Jan and will definitely be participating!!

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Cynthia (It All Changes) October 15, 2009 at 7:33 pm

I need to plan some ways to get out. Even just for a nice walk with Hunni and the furbabies. I think this is a great reason to do so.

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Alison October 15, 2009 at 7:38 pm

SO GLAD you are going to brave the elements this winter! It really is not that bad – especially if you only go out when the weather is “decent”. As in, just cold, not snowy, windy, slush filled roads.

One of the best things? Last year was my first year running in the winter and I found that my pace increased after running in layers and layers of pants and then graduating to shorts. It was like my legs were FREE and FAST after all that “resistance” training all winter!

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Kelly October 15, 2009 at 7:41 pm

This post came right when I needed it. It is FREEZING here! I am definitely going to take on the challenge!

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taylor October 15, 2009 at 7:46 pm

I would love to take part in Project Snow! I currently live in North Carolina (we are probably moving to WA state in March) but I am running a marathon on February 13th so I have no choice but to run outside during the winter. The weather here is pretty mild, but it still drops below freezing quite a bit. The hardest part will be finding time for long runs when it is light out.

I wish I had an answer for what to do with all that clothing once you are hot, I have the same issues!

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[email protected] October 15, 2009 at 8:04 pm

I roll my jacket up a bit then tie around my waist. It doesn’t flap as much when I do that. And I tuck my gloves in the waist band of my pants/shorts. Yes, believe it or not I run in shorts through much of the winter! As I learned in high school track a zillion years ago, piling on layers on top and well as a hat and gloves are all I need. Running keeps my legs warm :)

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'Dee October 15, 2009 at 8:35 pm

I only have two questions:
1) Did Eric take the “snow warrior” pics?
2) If so, how long was it until he was laughing so hard at his nutty wife that if he’d been drinking milk, it would have snorted out his nose???
:) :)

LMAO! Classic, Ange, just classic.

I am IN on Project Snow!

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So October 15, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I’m considering taking part in Project Snow. I live in Quebec, and OMG is it cold around here. We had snow earlier this week…I am definitely not ready for this. Anyway, I am a total wuss when it comes to working out outside in cold temperature. When I complain, my ever optimistic husband keeps telling me “There is no such thing as bad weather…there is only unadapted clothes”. Oh well, we’ll see!

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Olga October 15, 2009 at 9:25 pm

I’m running my first race this Sunday and it’s FREEZING! I definitely like the layering tip :)

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Randi October 15, 2009 at 9:28 pm

YES! I’m loving Project Snow! I’m terrified of not being able to stay fit my first winter in Alaska. Especially b/c we only have a few hours of daylight in December/January. My husband and I are going to start cross country skiing. Do you do this?

Re: clothes. Yeah, I’ve always just ran a mile to get warmed up – where I ended up back at my car/house. Then dropped it and took off for my actual run.

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Marissa October 15, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Love the photos! I live where it is warm so I don’t know anything about snow! haha

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Kris October 15, 2009 at 9:40 pm

bahahahaha….SNOW WARRIOR!!!!

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Mel October 15, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Hi, Great idea…I’m in too for 1-2 runs per week! My husband has been trying to convince me that you can keep running during winter, but I guess I needed to hear it from you guys. Do you wear your regular sneakers on the snow? I started running this summer and I don’t want to lose my momentum!

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Clare October 15, 2009 at 10:15 pm

I would love to win some Glo Bars – I get stuck on one flavor of Luna Bar and need to find something new and healthy.

For me I find that I don’t do as much exercise unless I go to the gym – there is space to stretch, do crunches, and use weights there. And other people around me encourage me to work out longer!

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Michelle-pure2raw October 15, 2009 at 10:18 pm

I love this idea!! I am training for a marathon in January, so I will be trying to stay motivated to run outside in the cold. Layering up is key…I normally just hold my sweaters, etc because wrapping them around my waist just annoys me. I am weird, but I know for me keeping my hands warm is key!! I gotta say, this post made my day…your pictures are great they made me laugh, LOL>

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Lisa October 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm

I live in Georgia (80 degress today, but 40 by the weekend), so it’s not so cold in the winter. Just did the Jillian Michaels Shred; I’ll be sore tomorrow. Trying to lose some lbs. to fit into my jeans. Gonna order some Amazing Grass and some of your bars.Loved your pics!!

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MarathonVal October 15, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Here’s a fun fact for ya – I just learned that you should dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer than it really is, because that’s about equivalent to how much your body will feel like it’s heating up when you run!

I learned this the hard way, but FREEZINGGGGGG before the start of my marathon on Sunday, but eventually stripped off most of my layers once I started running! My toes get super cold so I think it’s important to invest in a good, thick pair, and make sure you don’t double up on your socks for the first time at a race – if you have room in your shoes to do so, go for it, but make sure you practice this on a training run.

Also, my grandma has a pair of shoe “grips” that enable her to walk on ice… they are only about $10 but she loves hers!

You could also get a couple of those handwarmer things that yuo can buy at the drugstore that heat up when you puncture the center… like what you would take skiing… don’t know why I can’t think of a better name for these things, but you know what I mean :)

Also, after running for awhile I tend to want to take off my gloves and headband…. you can loop a headband/ear warmer over a spibelt, if you use one, so that you can carry it with you on the rest of your run without wearing it.

It’s also great to make sure to wear lotion on your face and exposed body parts, like your hands, so you don’t get windburn – and don’t forget the chapstick!

Lastly, I think it’s important to wear layers, but to be smart about it. Everyone is different, but I personally find that if I go running in a pair of my thick velour pajama pants I will be warm, but also sweaty and uncomfortable! Don’t underestimate the quality of a good pair of dryfit pants and tops, such as Underarmour :)

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Kate October 16, 2009 at 12:04 am

Definitely in for Project Snow :) Just got a bunch of cold-weather running gear delivered today!

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Jessica October 16, 2009 at 12:05 am

omg sketchie is so cute!
anyway, i have been making an attempt to do this already so sign me up girl! i would love to share tips with everyone … should look at my last post for my winter warrior outfit lol :) more like winter ninja LOL :D
i have tied around the waist before. its okay.
oh, and i hate treadmills so thats my main reason. love outdoors. hate cold. this will be a challenge.
-muffy

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maria October 16, 2009 at 12:06 am

Love Project Snow. I’ve never been a runner when it’s cold outside before, really, so I’m a little nervous. But I’m determined and that’s the important thing. I can commit to 2 workouts a week outdoors and I am! :D

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Carla October 16, 2009 at 12:14 am

When I was living in a log cabin (no running water, had to split wood to keep warm), my car was a mountain bike. No matter how cold it got, I quickly learned the importance of gritting my teeth and bearing the initial bite of the cold, because eventually I would be sweaty and super warm. Even when it was -65 F it was important to limit my layers. Windproof fronts on my fleece pants and jacket broke the freezing wind, but exposed fleece on the backs allowed moisture to escape and kept me from freezing to death (literally) on those rare days when I would crash my bike and end up having to walk the rest of the way to work. Under the fleece pants and jacket, I usually wore one layer of heavy-weight non-cotton propylene and little else. It makes me queasy thinking about my brave, younger self surviving that winter, but what great memories! If I knew how to convert a slide into a digital photo, I’d attach a photo of me on my mountain bike in front of a bank sign that announced, in huge glowing numbers, -65 F!!!

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Christine October 16, 2009 at 1:00 am

Another important thing to always have with you when you run, summer or winter, is some form of ID. In the unlikely or most unfortunate event you are struck by a vehicle or have a medical emergency, you need to have id on you, emergency contacts, and health conditions/allergies.

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kate October 16, 2009 at 1:29 am

good idea! i live in minnesota and usually end up going into hibernation mode in the winter. i accept your challenge and will get me ass outside!

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Emily October 16, 2009 at 3:49 am

Count me in! I am wanting to start running again, and this will help get me started. I am in London so not quite as cold as to have snow, but chilly nonetheless :)
These comments have some great tips already! Thank you!

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Jess October 16, 2009 at 5:07 am

I really loved running through the winter last year, so I’m definitely up for doing it again. I’m a little worried about doing marathon distance training through the worst of winter (and I live in Calgary, so it is the very worst) but I like a challenge ;)

I kind of have to laugh when people say “I’ll run as long as it’s not snowy, or icy, or slushy” . . . uh, that’s like four months of the year where I live. I’m out there in pretty much anything short of a blizzard or -40C windchill. And, yes, I fall on the ice a lot. But I fall way more just walking home than I do running. The quick cadence definitely keeps you stable.

I also love tobogganing and cross-country skiing in the winter. Both are so much fun and a killer workout.

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Marika October 16, 2009 at 6:18 am

I’m definitely in! I actually ran outside all last winter, but starting to run in the cold again seems like such a challenge after the summer sunshine.
I agree with the tips some other people have given so far– you should be a little cold when you first go out because you’ll warm up later. I also wear a warm headband over my ears because wearing a hat makes me overheat (even in very cold weather), and instead of a jacket I wear a vest, which keeps my chest warm without covering me up too much. The vest also zips up to my chin, which is great for protecting my throat from the cold.
And one other thing for those working out in the evenings– be sure to wear something reflective so that you’re visible! It’s going to start getting dark at 4 pm here in Estonia soon, so this is a MUST for me.

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Tawnya October 16, 2009 at 6:48 am

I don’t run right now( as I have switched to competing in figure) but in the past I found registering for races was good motivation to get me out the door through the winter.

I live in Southern Ontario as well so I would plan to do the Boxing Day 10 miler in Hamilton. The would force to me to keep my 15 k base which would set me up to begin 1/2 training in January. I would then do the Chilly 1/2 Marathon in Burlington early March followed by the “Around the Bay” 30 k road race in Hamilton at the end of the month. After this you are only 12k away from a spring marathon should you choose to do one!

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Paige @ Running Around Normal October 16, 2009 at 7:52 am

OMG those pictures had me rolling, Angela! LOL love it. Sure, I’ll participate! I tend to get Seasonal Affective Disorder in the winter, and maybe this will help!

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Runningwriter October 16, 2009 at 8:51 am

I’m in. I am a cold hater so during the summer I joined a running club so I would be more inclined to get out with a group during the colder months. So far it’s working.
I recommend wearing a good dry wicking long sleeve base layer and a windproof jacket that you can remove the sleeves from before going out. I have this Nike jacket http://www.sweatshop.co.uk/details.cfm?ProdId=3996 which is keeping my at the right temp with the sleeves off for now.
I thought I was cold but seeing other people’s comments makes me feel like I shouldn’t complain about the temperature here. :)

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Grace October 16, 2009 at 9:06 am

well, I am hoping for a pair of snow shoes this winter.

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Andrea (Off Her Cork) October 16, 2009 at 10:31 am

I’m totally down with it! I run in the winter (I have no access to a gym or treadmill) and most people think I’m looney. Well I would be if I didn’t get to run! I actually love running in the cold and when it’s snowing out and my tracks are the first tracks of the day, that’s a very calming moment. :) I would love to be a part of Project Snow and in fact I’m about to do my own post on layering as well! I’ll let you know when it’s up. :D

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Tina October 16, 2009 at 11:26 am

I don’t know if I can handle going out in the winter! May be time to invest in some good warm clothing. My mood definitely is affected in the winter. I hate being cooped up and cold ALL the time!

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rhodeygirl October 16, 2009 at 12:10 pm

I can’t stand running on a treadmill, and with a race in January that means my husband and I will be braving the elements this winter. I love this project!

Will you post all the tips you have received or have to offer? We are having trouble right now figuring out what to wear because it is REALLY cold in the morning but as we start running we warm up a bit. Also, it is harder to run the more bundled we are!

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4shley (FitBits) October 16, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I am so IN for Project Snow. I am a very new runner and definitely going to be looking for tips for cold-weather running. Tis the season already!!

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Erin October 25, 2009 at 11:05 am

I am totally down for Project Snow! A little late to the party, but better than never :)

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Aaron December 9, 2009 at 10:53 pm

I love this winter challenge!! I have been thinking about outdoor workouts as well, but now that you have made it a challenge I will definitely be sticking to it! :P

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Latesha June 7, 2015 at 5:50 am

That is a very good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.
Brief but very accurate info… Many thanks for sharing this one.
A must read article!

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Sreejan December 11, 2015 at 2:50 am

I hate winters since my childhood and this article was a welcome surprise. By the way i loved those pics. I believe that its warmer outside than the inside after the snow fall. Is there any science involved ?

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