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Old 01-31-2007, 05:57 AM   #1
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This morning it was 15 degrees with a wind chill of 3 where I'm at. I was headed out to run a 5k and my buddy said it would do me more harm than good. He said that running in below freezing temps constricts your bronchial passages and blood flow therefore restricting your lung capacity thereby actually decreasing your cardio respiratory fitness. Has anyone heard this or anything like this before and/or have any thoughts on the matter?
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Old 01-31-2007, 06:16 AM   #2
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Dress appropriately and problem solved.
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:01 AM   #3
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Steve,

I was dressed appropriately but he says it has to do with breathing in cold air......
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Old 01-31-2007, 09:11 AM   #4
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Jeff,
Just out of curiosity do you not have a facility or gym where you can train indoors?

Not for nothing, but personally I'd much rather do a metcon style CrossFit workout (like "Kelly") than run 5 miles outside in the freezing cold. Besides the obvious torture of running in extreme cold weather...a CrossFit workout will better serve your cardio needs anyway.

Now if on the other hand, I was an Inuit living near the Arctic, hunting for caribou in a bitter winter for my starving family...it would be a whole different story. Lucky for me, I don't have to subject myself to these conditions any time soon? Why would I, unless its out of neccesity?
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Old 01-31-2007, 09:19 AM   #5
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"a CrossFit workout will better serve your cardio needs anyway."

Running a 5k IS a Crossfit workout.
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Old 01-31-2007, 10:31 AM   #6
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Thanks Lewis.

However, I was referring to a CrossFit workout as one accomplished indoors and assuming the cardio (running) in Jeff's case would be completed outdoors.

Feel free to substitute ["One of the Girl's Names"] with a "CrossFit workout."



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Old 01-31-2007, 11:44 AM   #7
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Steve,

Thanks for the input. I do have an indoor facility I can train in and I do Crossfit and Crossfit type workouts to supplement. However, I have to stay up on my running for the simple fact we are tested on it in the Army and I want to "be all I can be" so I have to train it outdoors to check myself and to be conditioned to the conditions. So, that's why I run outside most of the time.
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:53 AM   #8
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Jeff-

Cover your mouth with a neck gaiter. Same weather here, solution worked just fine on my 5k this morning (odd coincidence). There has been studies that show that cold air can scar areas of the lungs (will heal though). Breathing smog will do the same thing. There are very few people with nice clean lungs anymore.

Anyway, that neck gaiter will help warm some of the air.

Performing CrossFit outside will help you, especially when it comes time to run or do a PT test in inclement weather.
Good luck

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Old 01-31-2007, 11:54 AM   #9
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BTW isn't it "Army Strong" now?:proud:
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Old 01-31-2007, 12:27 PM   #10
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Jason,

Yes it is "Army Strong" but I'm an old dog. As far as the neck gaiter goes, I've used those in the past but apparently there are some uniform policy restrictions here and I was in PT uniform this morning. Thanks for the advice though.
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