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Author Topic: Cold and wet
mellek
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Post Cold and wet
on: 2012 Nov 10 Sat, 21:15
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Hey Ken & others,

I would really like to ask you something. Reading Ken's posts about Rae's cross America run I wondered what you guys do if you meet with a part of the road that gives you cold and wet surfaces (not frozen). Do you simply continue to run or do you do something else?

I live in a big city in the Netherlands where in autumn and winter the ground is wet and really cold. The humidity in the air is also very high, so there is not really a chance to warm up while your going.

I would like to continue running barefoot as long as possible, but when your feet go senseless because of the cold then it gets a bit dangerous because you can't feel the glass shards, stones or other stuff you normally react on by sense.

Your feetback would be really appreciated!!! :-)

Love!
Melle.

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Post Re: Cold and wet
on: 2012 Nov 10 Sat, 23:59
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You really should address that question to Rae
(should be some contact info at: http://runraerun.org/

I can tell you that she said, from Ohio (I think or somewhere around there) all the way to Colorado when she got up into the mountains, the temperature never was below 90. I ran with Rae two times last summer, once in July and again in August, through part of Nebraska and can confirm that was certainly the case then. If she encountered any such conditions maybe near the beginning of her run last April starting at Boston.

Also, Rae has worn shoes a couple of times, at least once when the road began getting too hot on a long day, and another time, I think on a gravel road.

But, I can also tell you that her technique could use some work, she pounds a bit harder than she needs to, and that would make gravel roads very difficult.

Since my two short runs with her in Nebraska, I've only been escorting her since Friday (yesterday), and the coldest it's been since then, was this morning at about 60F, about 65F when we finished a couple hours ago. Yesterday was warmer. Probably will be warmer tomorrow too, as we get closer to the beach where the climate is more moderate.

Have Fun,
-Ken Bob Saxton

LeeChase
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on: 2013 Nov 20 Wed, 20:21
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I find myself asking the same questions Melle. Wednesday night is a community run night and we head out for a friendly 5K, at just 2C and with standing water it was cold. However towards the end of the run my feet, not toes, were warming up. As much as anything I think I'm going to have to be a little less social on Wednesdays and cut out any standing around before or after the run to prevent my toes going numb.

It's worth reading this http://barefootrunner.org/winter/wbfr_article_110610.htm and then be amazed that he's discussing temperatures 0F (-17.8C). I suspect 2C and wet may be my limit. I may have to resort to Vibrams during winter :-( although I find closed shoes (Merrel Road Gloves) warmer.

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Post Re: Cold and wet
on: 2013 Nov 23 Sat, 16:03
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When I run a race in cold weather, I'll often do my pre-race socializing in socks and slippers, even gloves or plastic bags will help minimize chilling of the feet before starting the race (barefoot, of course).

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2011 Los Angeles Marathon, Julian (with plastic bags on feet), and Ken Bob (with gloves on feet).

http://barefootrunning.com/?p=2471

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-Ken Bob Saxton

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