Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Learning to run in an Alaskan winter

Rainy days in Cape Town and cold winter mornings in Johannesburg used to frustrate me. I hated wearing a rain jacket and occasionally adding gloves and tights. Running was running and it was easier when the weather cooperated. In Alaska the weather is part of a greater running adventure!


Winter runs require more gear than I've ever run in before:

  • 3 layers on top (compression, long-sleeve t-short, wind jacket)
  • 2 layers on my legs (tights, wind pants)
  • GORE-TEX shoes
  • gaiters
  • neoprene gloves
  • beanie
  • balaclava
  • headlamp

And that's for a good day where the temperature hasn't fallen below 0 Fahrenheit!

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