Runners say the the cold weather won't stop them

Wheeling, W. V. (WTRF) - When the rest of us are bundled up like Eskimos, just getting from the car to the building, there are some brave souls out there who are still running even in the bitter cold.

And they have it down to a science, from the shoes to the clothing to the mindset.

They say they are tempted every day to stay home and skip the run.

One man said the worst part is getting ready.

But they say once they go, it's a great stress reliever, and worth the trouble, even in the single digits.

"Well,  there's no reason not to exercise and go outside in cold weather," said Eric Stakem, manager of the Hole N Run.

They say the secret is layering, with the most important layer being the base.

"The worst thing you can have is cotton right up against your skin because you begin to sweat during your workout which retains moisture, which will make you colder faster," said Stakem.

"Another thing that's important is covering your skin," said Jesse Mestrovic of Wheeling. "Right now my ears are cold being outside. You have to have the right running beanie, things like that, but you don't want to have too much on because you don't want to sweat. It ends up turning to ice."

And in winter, not only is it colder, it's also darker.

"You know, working 9 to 5, once you get off work it's dark out," said Mestrovic. "So you have to have a light, you have to wear bright clothes."

Mestrovic runs with his dog, and the dog wears a light and a glow-in-the-dark collar.

Sometimes the ground is icy.

"So you definitely have to look out for black ice and just try and avoid paths that you know are going to be slick like bridges and bricks," said Fallon Doyle, WJU cross country runner.

"I have these Yaktrax that pretty much are like tire chains on your car," said Mestrovic, pointing to the soles of his shoes.

"The other key to that, though, is to have a good pair of socks under that, that are moisture wicking to keep your feet dry," added Stakem.

And the cold air can actually be painful to breathe,.

"It burns," said Fallon Doyle, "It burns and it's sometimes hard to breathe."

"Nature is quieter in winter, and you can see a different perspective and really appreciate things," concluded Mestrovic.


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