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Running in the cold


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I have plenty of clothes to keep me warm.  I won't run if the ground is slippery.

I've run when it's in the low 30s, maybe the upper 20s, but it makes my lungs ache.  I am a mouth breather, can hardly breath through my nose.

Do you wear anything over your face to help warm the air?

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It doesn't get that cold here often and I like to be warm so I'd be in my warmest gear, beanie and I'd probably have my buff covering my mouth/nose/ears as they feel it the most. Yeah I'm also mostly a mouth breather (despite nasal surgery a few years back) so covering the mouth doesn't make it easy but comfort over pace?

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https://www.mensfitness.com/training/cardio/why-do-my-lungs-burn-after-i-run-cold

https://www.runnersworld.com/ask-the-sports-doc/why-breathing-cold-air-hurts

https://wonderopolis.org/wonder/why-do-your-lungs-burn-when-you-run-in-the-cold

According to the above references it would appear that it's not so much the cold but the lack of humidity that causes the problem. And your baseline fitness can play a role... the harder and faster you breath the more likely it is to occur. So maybe on those really cold days you slow down a bit and don't breath so hard. Save the strenuous workouts for the warmer days.

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