Today I ran 5 miles in balmy 19 degree Fahrenheit temperatures. I felt comfortable, and downright warm, considering yesterday's bone-numbing 5 degree reading.
We humans are amazingly adaptive creatures. It doesn't take us too long to acclimatize ourselves to extremes in temperatures. Add to that our warm and dry fabrics, and we possess the ability to run in virtually every conceivable condition Mother Nature chooses to hurl at us.
40 degree temperatures in April cause us to shiver. When the 40s arrive this weekend, it will feel like a heat wave.
The key to surviving the frigid temperatures is to layer and stay dry. The amazing body furnace, capable of producing incredible amounts of heat, will take care of the rest.
Pay close attention to the weather forecast. Schedule speed workouts or long runs on the less harsh days. It takes some planning, but it's simply part of winter survival for runners.
Many areas offer winter indoor track meets, with open events. Especially if you live near a college campus, you may be able to take advantage of this winter speed work opportunity.
Here's some good news: the days are getting longer. We are experiencing a little more light, at the rate of about a minute a day.
Wherever you live in the United States, warm weather is not too far away. Races in Florida, Arizona, or any points south are great places to visit in order to
break up the winter weather.
So, remember, it really IS all relative.
Australia is currently experiencing one of its worst recorded heat waves as we shiver.