How do you breath in the cold?

  • How do you breath in the cold?

    Posted by Stéphanie Noël on October 31, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    I found a fun sounding race but it’s in December and I live in MA… I just started really running outside this year and am not sure how to deal with the cold, it hurts my ears and my lungs. I can solve the ears with a headband or something but I’m not sure what to do about breathing the cold. Do you just get used to it? Maybe I should start a new forum post!

    Stéphanie Noël replied 3 months, 1 week ago 5 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Kate James

    November 1, 2022 at 4:14 am

    Hi. Northern NY here with the same problem (along with ice and snow on the roads). I have asthma triggered by extreme cold and have a fleece lined balaclava that works well for me. If it’s below 20, I wear a hat under it, pull the face cover up over my mouth and nose and I am able to go. I had to try a few different ones until I found one I liked. I also use a neck gaiter if it’s not as cold some days.

  • Molly Bowen

    November 1, 2022 at 8:12 am

    I would absolutely start a forum thread about this! I’m in Arkansas and although it does get quite cold here, not for long and I usually just opt to stay inside… 😔

  • Ryan Jenkins

    November 1, 2022 at 9:46 am

    Here’s an interesting article from 2017 that recommends:

    1. Drape a bandana or scarf over your mouth and nose to warm up the air a bit
    2. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth
    3. Lower your workout intensity (slow down)

    One other tip that we often give is to dress for 20º warmer than the actual temperature. So if it’s 30ºF out, dress as if it were 50ºF. This will help you to not overheat.

  • Michael O’Connor

    November 1, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    I live in Southern NH and will be doing a half in Northern Ma this December so I would definitely join that forum!

  • Stéphanie Noël

    November 1, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    I try soooo hard to breath in through my nose and out through my mouth but it can be super difficult to do sometimes, especially in the cold my nose gets runny. My concern with covering my face was if I’d still be able to breath but I’ll just have to give it a try! Thank you for the tip about dressing for warmer than it is, that’s super helpful and I was going to ask it!