Dec 18, 2013

Honey Badger Don't Care - 4, Running in 20 - 30F

Check the wind chill when lacing up for a run.  If the air temp is 35 and wind chill 25, dress for 25 degrees.  A thin nylon vest or jacket is an effective wind fence.  Zippers are helpful in regulating body temp.  Unzip a little on the tailwind when you're warm, zip back up against the biting headwind.

For a 20 - 30 degree run, combine a medium base layer:  



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Running pants, thin vest or jacket, medium mittens and hat:





Road Kill

Be careful driver...you weigh 3,500 pounds, I weigh 143.

Expect to be invisible to cars when you run.  Drivers generally are distracted, don't pay attention and may "accidentally" mow you down if you drop your defense.  I've had my shins tapped by the bumper of more than one Ford.  Trunks of Kias has been slapped by these hands as the driver pulls out in front of me from a stop sign, forcing a juke behind to avoid death.

My observation is fit drivers tend to be courteous to people working out.  But motorists that don't exercise are either oblivious or obscene to runners and bikers.  If I see a Subaru with a bike rack up top coming at me, they tend to slow down, move over and wave.  On the flip side, the fat eff in the Dodge Ram that hasn't hit the gym in decades is usually the one rolling down his window hassling me.

Assume any car you see does not see you and will maim.  Remind yourself of this when doing street crossings.  On night runs, I clip on a bright LED front and back to reduce my odds of becoming road pizza.

Yo driver, if you're cruising in your Accord and see someone you know running, please don't honk.  Most people honking are flipping me a single-digit-salute or yelling something about my mama.  Give us a break and take note:  sometimes we have to run in the street when sidewalks are not clear of ice or dogs and their owners are hoarding the path.  Offer runners plenty of space, slow slightly but don't pace directly behind in your car.



-Beard

10 comments:

  1. I wish I lived near a rails to trails to run outside in the winter... My already narrow road was dangerous enough during the spring and fall when I could go into the woods if a car went by. Now it's basically one lane, eek!

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    1. Des Moines has great bike/running trails, most of them are converted from abandoned Burlington Northern rail lines. A few blocks from my house is a paved path that links up with dozens of miles of woods and no traffic. Is there anything close by you could drive to for trail running?

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  2. Anonymous12/19/2013

    I came to your blog from YHL but stuck around because I'm also a runner. I would love to hear your perspective on the "to wave or not to wave" to other runners/bikers/walkers while out for a run. Personally, I have found that the colder and more miserable the weather, the more likely I am to receive a greeting from a kindred soul. I always default to a wave and greeting but am often spurned. Just wondering if the same is true for you out in God's country.

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    1. Definitely smile and wave, 50% of the time the other runner ignores but I try. It could be that Clown Posse mask...

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  3. I ride my bike in the city of Philadelphia every day as my daily commute transportation. This post really struck me because as a biker I have the same experience and the same advice for those just starting out with city biking.
    I'm sorry to report as much as we're a bike friendly city with assigned bike lanes and bountiful shops and bike parking, those that don't bike can be real jerks to those of us that are. I've got some scary stories...

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    1. Tell me one of your stories, and have you ever thought about carrying an air horn in you bottlecage to respond back to the autos?

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    2. My most recent interaction was when I was doorjammed by an old lady who wasn't sorry enough for my taste when I was laying in the road next to her car and after she asked me if I was "ok" she got in her car and said "just so you know, you dented MY door." Awesome. First I was sad, then I was mad. Also, this is Philadelphia - I don't think an airhorn would go over well. We're a rough bunch. :) Myself included.

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  4. I bike a lot and I HATE HATE HATE when people slowly creep along right on your tail.

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    1. It's creepy when the Kia creeps.

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  5. Our Island is pretty small and I am one of a half dozen runners here but seem to be the only fool out running in winter weather (I'm sure people are talking about me). Most folks here are courteous of walkers/runners/cyclists on the road (no sidewalks here) and will slow down, wave and give you a wide breathe but couple of weeks ago I was out for a run after it had rained and some butt-munch thought it would be hilarious to hit every puddle between his truck and me on one of the back roads. Freakin' Rednecks!

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