19

Winter Running

By STEPHEN REGENOLD
Published: March 1st, 2007

Under a sky of burgeoning dawn, all blushing and sun-streaked in early morning glow, Paul Holovnia blew a cloud of frosty breath. “Let’s run,” he said. “I’m freezing here.”

It was 7:34 a.m. on a Wednesday in mid January, and Holovnia, a 45-year-old finance executive from Chanhassen, Minn., had met a friend at the Minnesota River near Minneapolis for a quick before-work trail run.

Steam rose from a swamp as the pair took off, shoes pounding prints in fresh snow. The trail ahead dropped from the parking lot, skirting cattails, disappearing into dark reaching arms of the woods.

Holovnia runs 50 miles most weeks. On trails, and on the road. Quick weekday jogs, long weekend slogs. “Sometimes 60 miles if I have the time,” he said.

And Holovnia runs year-round, hot summer days to the dark early mornings of January, where the temp might poke below zero in his hometown.

But Holovnia is not unique. Indeed, thousands of dedicated runners in the northern latitudes refuse to let the cold, wind and snow slow them down. While people head indoors each winter to the treadmill — or take up a cross-training regimen of Nordic skiing — the huffing, puffing, steaming hordes of hardcore runners sprint on through the coldest months of the year.

“Cold and snow adds a different beauty and an adventure to running,” said Kurt Decker, Holovnia’s 35-year-old running partner, who is a manager at Gear Running Store in Edina, Minn. Decker said there are also performance advantages to running when it’s cold. “You can’t ever overheat, for one thing,” he said.

Frozen faces
In Minnesota, more than 100,000 people call themselves runners, according to Heidi Keller Miler of the Minnesota Distance Running Association. A good share of these runners — up to 50 percent, Keller Miler estimated — will pound the pavement when the sun is out and winter temps are bearable.

“Go to one of the lakes on any given Saturday morning and there are hundreds of people out running, some in groups,” she said. Health clubs and athletic organizations form groups that meet every week.

The Minnesota Distance Running Association’s Polar Bear Group meets each Saturday of the winter, regardless of the weather. But when it’s really cold — near zero or below — Keller Miler said most people stay inside to train. “Maybe 10 percent of runners are outside when it is sub-zero,” she said.

Chad Austin is among that 10 percent. “I’ll take a 10-below day over 90 degrees with a high dew point,” he said.

Austin, a 37-year-old marketing analyst from Apple Valley, Minn., runs about 75 miles per week in the wintertime, which is more than what he runs in the summer. He grows a beard for added warmth each year as the temps begin to drop. He rubs Vaseline on his face for protection while running on the harshest days.

The winter months are the offseason for foot racing, allowing Austin to slow down and focus on endurance training. “I use winter for my prime base building,” he said.

Not all dedicated runners embrace winter, even those who continue to train outside. Paula Vicker, a 42-year-old manager with Wells Fargo and a veteran runner of 16 years, jogs outdoors all year long in preparation for marathons. But she is not a fan of the cold. “I’m looking forward to retirement when I move to a warm place and don’t have to deal with the snow,” she said.

Vicker, who runs up to 75 miles per week, listed several hardships with her cold-weather regimen, including: the additional time it takes to get dressed; the struggle for her muscles to warm up once outdoors; and the ever-changing frigid and slippery elements on the streets in her Edina neighborhood.

The key to comfortable wintertime running? “Layers and lots of them,” Vicker said. She recommends investing in a good running jacket, a hat, tights and breathable tops. “Good gear is well worth it for your comfort on a run.”

Lightweight gloves and a breathable winter hat are essential. Some runners wear neoprene face masks when the weather turns extreme.

Brian McCollor, head of the running department at Gear West in Long Lake, Minn., recommends shoes with added grip. Companies like Asics, Montrail and Icebug sell running shoes studded with hard plastic or carbide tips that bite into the snow and ice.

Add-on traction products, including Yaktrax and Sure Foot Get-A-Grip, strap to the sole of your workaday runners.

“These products do an amazing job of keeping runners upright,” McCollor said.

Trail time
At 7:50 a.m., on the trail with Decker and Holovnia, the air was a tingly 12 degrees. But there was no wind, and the runners were dressed light, moving fast.

In the woods near the Minnesota River, the sun was creeping up in the distance, golden rays skipping across the snow.

“It’s perfect out here,” Decker said.

The runners kicked up a hill, feet digging in, arms pumping, snow crunching. The woods was still. You could hear your own heart beat at a pause.

Decker and Holovnia — both ultra athletes training for 100-mile races — run some days for 20 miles or more in the Minnesota River bottoms.

“The snow slows you down a bit,” Holovnia said. “But to be out here right now, running with no one else around, any complaints seem silly.”

19 comments - Add Comment Permalink Discuss Article Bookmark and Share
Commenting on post : Winter Running
Posted by dollar tree coupons october 2013 - 10/15/2013 12:27 AM

Since every consumer section is searching solution due to the
distinct requirement, finance authorities have categorized their services is various sections [url=http://Couponmania2014.com/dollar-tree-coupons-printable-promo-code-discounts-20132014/]dollar tree coupons october 2013[/url] you can totally earn this quick cash in contentment of your own home, you are able to earn
whilst playing that routine poker game your buddies house.

Posted by ways to get pregnant - 10/23/2013 01:43 AM

These played a crucial role in my getting pregnant. Just avoid
stressing out too much about it, though, because that could
hinder the process instead of help it. As I have said
before, it runs in the family and having a twin as your spouse would most likely increase this chance of having a twin.

Posted by best yoga mat - 10/25/2013 02:56 AM

Anyone wanting to begin a home yoga practice
or attend yoga classes would benefit from purchasing a yoga
mat. It allows a comfortable leaning area,
that goes along the entire spine, and helps us with our balance.
PVC (phthalate and latex-free) – There are now PVC mats available that are phthalate free.

Posted by michael kors - 10/29/2013 12:21 AM

I am sure this post has touched all the internet
users, its really really pleasant piece of writing on building
up new webpage.[D:\projects\GSA\G1-step1.txt,1,5\

My page … [url=http://www.kiro-tv.com/]michael kors[/url]

Posted by www.thomasse-interieur.nl - 10/29/2013 10:30 PM

Spot on with this write-up, I seriously think this web site needs a
great deal more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read more,
thanks for the advice!Stay at the La Quinta Inn Texarkana and you really are
in two places at once! Texarkana straddles Grey New Arrival two states, and
also at the bistate Post Office, stand with one foot in
Arkansas also, the other in Texas. There is a good chance he or she guy still wants any person think about him, so do not be very Green Erin impressed if
he contact as a result of time to time

[url=http://www.llcooldj.nl]www.llcooldj.nl[/url]

[url=http://www.itzonderhoofdpijn.nl]uggs laarzen[/url]

[url=http://www.ataline.nl]ugg uitverkoop[/url]

[url=http://www.entenwoud.nl]uggs schoenen[/url]

[url=http://www.peelsmanagement.nl]uitverkoop uggs[/url]

[url=http://www.thomasse-interieur.nl]www.thomasse-interieur.nl[/url]

[url=http://www.dorpsfeestureterp.nl]uggs goedkoop[/url]

[url=http://www.chmarum.nl]chmarum[/url]

[url=http://www.llcooldj.nl]ugg uitverkoop[/url]

[url=http://www.itzonderhoofdpijn.nl]uggs uitverkoop[/url]

[url=http://www.ataline.nl]uggs kopen[/url]

[url=http://www.entenwoud.nl]ugg laarzen[/url]

[url=http://www.peelsmanagement.nl]uggs kopen[/url]

[url=http://www.thomasse-interieur.nl]goedkope uggs[/url]

[url=http://www.dorpsfeestureterp.nl]uggs laarzen[/url]

[url=http://www.chmarum.nl]uggs uitverkoop[/url]

Posted by fat loss factor by charles livingston - 10/31/2013 10:59 AM

Howdy! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading through your blog posts.
Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the
same subjects? Thank you so much!

Posted by my website - 11/02/2013 05:19 PM

That’s the kind of image that i really thing is super image like.

If more images [url=http://www.goohjlessw.com]very real[/url] like this were out there we’d be super full of graet images in the
world.

Posted by heartburn relief - 11/02/2013 07:21 PM

If you want to learn more about the various kinds of heartburn, read on.

Overall, if your heartburn is severe, you should
visit a doctor as it can have extremely
harmful effects over time. This is because walking aids
your natural digestive abilities and helps in quick digestion of your food.

Posted by www.agiletesterdays.com - 11/03/2013 12:09 PM

Super Website. Vielen Dank.
[url=http://www.antiquarianmaps.co.uk]real ugg boots uk[/url]
[url=http://www.cesonlinesales.co.uk]ugg boots uk sale[/url]
[url=http://www.chezbaptiste.co.uk]cheap ugg boots uk[/url]
[url=http://www.childmodelacademy.co.uk]leather ugg boots
uk[/url]
[url=http://www.churchwow.co.uk]www.churchwow.co.uk[/url]
[url=http://www.dapinternational.co.uk]www.dapinternational.co.uk[/url]
[url=http://www.ecoinstitution.co.uk]genuine ugg boots uk sale[/url]
[url=http://www.globalresales.co.uk]uk ugg boots sale[/url]
[url=http://www.antiquarianmaps.co.uk]ugg boots cheap
online[/url]
[url=http://www.cesonlinesales.co.uk]cheap ugg boots for women online[/url]
[url=http://www.chezbaptiste.co.uk]official ugg boots uk[/url]
[url=http://www.childmodelacademy.co.uk]ugg boots sale uk kids[/url]
[url=http://www.churchwow.co.uk]ugg boots sale uk stores[/url]
[url=http://www.dapinternational.co.uk]real uggs for cheap[/url]
[url=http://www.ecoinstitution.co.uk]where to buy real ugg boots
cheap[/url]
[url=http://www.globalresales.co.uk]genuine ugg boots uk stockists[/url]

Review my web page [url=http://www.Agiletesterdays.com/]www.agiletesterdays.com[/url]

Posted by my website - 11/03/2013 04:07 PM

That’s the kind of image that i really thing is super image like.
If more images [url=http://www.goohjlessw.com]very real[/url] like this were out there
we’d be super full of graet images in the world.

Posted by casino24h.se - 11/04/2013 07:20 PM

Thanks for your personal marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you can be a great author.
I will make certain to bookmark your blog and will eventually come back in the foreseeable future.
I want to encourage you to ultimately continue your great posts, have a nice day!

Posted by how to get a boyfriend - 11/04/2013 09:55 PM

This negative attitude can take its toll on your relationship, even if you have nothing to do with the issues he’s having.
It speaks to a man’s character if he feels like it’s okay to treat
you with respect, yet any other woman must “earn it”.

Friend, if you are wondering how to win back
ex get girlfriend to return, I urge you to consider this advice.

Posted by canada goose italia - 11/10/2013 07:59 PM

One such bracelet is a silver or gold chain onto which the beads are looking white, simply spray them a
bit. Wearing a magnetic bracelet for a number of pleasurable Irish rosaries that could
meet your orientations.

Posted by web page - 11/11/2013 12:59 AM

Unquestionably believe that which you said. Your favourite justification appeared to be on the internet the easiest factor
to remember of. I say to you, I certainly get irked whilst
other people think about concerns that they plainly do not understand about.
You managed to hit the nail upon the highest
and outlined out the entire thing without having side effect ,
folks can take a signal. Will likely be again to get
more. Thanks

Posted by facebook proxy login - 11/11/2013 01:34 AM

I know this web site provides quality dependent content and additional data, is there any other web
site which offers these kinds of information in quality?

Posted by przeglÄ…d klimatyzacja warszawa - 11/11/2013 03:31 AM

I’m amazed, I have to admit. Seldom do I encounter a blog that’s both equally educative and
entertaining, and without a doubt, you’ve hit the nail on the head.
The issue is an issue that too few men and women
are speaking intelligently about. Now i’m very happy I stumbled across this during my search for something regarding this.

Feel free to surf to my webpage :: [url=http://centrum-klima.pl/serwis.php]przeglÄ…d klimatyzacja warszawa[/url]

Posted by MK - 11/18/2013 03:46 PM

This page really has all of the information I wanted concerning this subject
and didn’t know who to ask.
[url=http://www.electerin.org]Cheap Michael Kors Bags[/url] While Miller wrote
blogs seems to for Website pages such as the Huffington Post and 2013 early Logo Signature a layer of garments Jacquard small bags autumn series Daily Kos, his Chain Logo campaign aimed at the Sc press corps.
National fundraising the clouds and the autumn and
winter accessories pool of digital printing efforts were mostly left to Hamilton Saffiano outside groups.
Watch much more about what happened after Wilson a adopted strong
mid 1950s retro style made the comment >“He summer women’s show really stayed concentrated on what he wanted to more into nirvana Miranda Pebbled do in Sc and what his plan was Jet Set Striped Travel as an applicant, Leopard Continental this season “ said Inside bag Jennifer Crider, communications features
accessories cold winter director for Perforated-Logo Grab the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee [url=http://www.electerin.org][b]Cheap Michael Kors[/b][/url]

My web blog :: [url=http://www.thebigmitt.com]MK[/url]

Posted by Kara - 11/18/2013 04:41 PM

Greetings from Los angeles!

I’m bored at work so I decided to browse your website on
my iphone during lunch break. I love the knowledge you provide here and can’t wait to
take a look when I get home. I’m surprised at how fast your blog loaded on my phone ..
I’m not even
using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, amazing site!

Posted by blog - 11/19/2013 10:45 PM

With blogs like this around I don’t even need [url=http://www.maximumgoo74.com]website[/url] anymore.
I can just visit here and see all the latest happenings in the world.

Commenting is closed for this article.