Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cold Weather Wuss

Einstein said: "Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity."

This morning before my run I said to myself: "Live in Phoenix Arizona (or any desert) for over a year and become a complete cold weather puss. That's relativity."  Over the course of the last year and a half, I've completely forgotten what real cold weather actually feels like.  This morning I got a bit of a taste.

To be clear, I used to be hard core.  I was never one of those guys that could walk around the Iowa State University Campus in the dead of winter only wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and usually two weeks of face stubble.  But, I COULD do just fine running in all weather.  Snow?  Outta the way old man winter.  Ice?  Whatever, I skid through it - without any of your fancy Yack-Trax ThankYouVeryMuch.  Don't believe me?  I wouldn't believe me either - so I have pictures!  0F temperatures, 15 miles.  Behold!

This morning was a BIT different - but still FREEZING.  It was 29F and I had 6 miles with 4 at tempo of 6:35.  The run itself was pretty tough.  The tempo miles clicked by in 6:39, 6:47, 6:22, 6:40.  Not very consistent at all which goes to show how not relaxed / in control I was.  I find that the harder a run is, the less consistent I am at holding pace.  I have a hard time judging between a perceived 90% effort and 95% effort.....It all seems like sprinting.

As hard as the run was, I was WELL dressed.  I doubled up on the shirts (one tech tee on the bottom, cotton long sleeve on the top), wore gloves and thick socks, and for the first time EVER I wore running tights.  It is official, I'm now a resident of the desert.

I recently received a pair of GoLite Cross Timbers Zonal Tight that kept me toasty warm.  As you would expect, I looked extremely......not hetro-sexual....but they really kept my legs warm.  (I'll post pictures in my official review - was too tired to dig out the camera this morning)

Question to the ladies out there (or the fellas - I don't judge):  What do you think of guys wearing running tights?  Look stupid? Think of them as they are - utilitarian?

36 comments:

Emz said...

OMGosh - thank you for asking . . .I greatly dislike men in tights. Let us women have our tights. we may have camel toes but our CT's don't have a severe case of arthritis [aka..nuts]. I see a man in tights and I have to go there[look there] then I feel all creeped out and slightly ashamed/guilty [depending on what my eyes see].

Chad said...

Did she just say cameltoe with arthritis? Wow! Funny!!

I will wear tights on the bike, but not for a run. Never. Never never never. Get some baggy wind pants, and suck it up. It's guy code.

Andrew Opala said...

tights are bad for the boys - it presses them to close to the body and they heat up unnecessarily

go with loose fitting clothing

Remember what the Most Interesting Man in the World said about tight pants -> here.

"Stay thirsty my friends!"

Kirstie said...

For those not in the know FYI: Male version of camel toes is moose knuckle.

Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. Here in Ohio, most men wear tights in the winter. My husband will wear his all winter long and has already worn them a few times this fall.

I do have to agree with Emz though, my eyes do tend to "go there" when I see a man in tights. Don't know why but they do.

Tricia said...

There's a guy at our gym that seems to run in tights exclusively

He is INSIDE on a treadmill

The tights make me giggle everytime

Jill said...

Men tights are totally icky! Bleh!

Razz said...

Man up (29 degrees?). That's called November

Either that, or run at 5am. Not an issue.

Jamoosh said...

The problem is Men start off looking dorky in tights and it only gets dorkier from there. Add a pair of shorts - double the dork factor.

Jen said...

Eh, I don't care what you run in, I'm no fashion plate out there, so who am I to judge?

I saw two guys running in tights on long run day the other day and they just looked like super focused runners. and I think both had on longish tops that covered the, um, package area. Foiled again...

Luke said...

I wear tights, but only under shorts or pants if it is really cold. I always think that guys wearing tights alon are a littel too voyuer.

RunningLaur said...

Desert wimp! Oh wait....

I saw a guy in tights with shorts over top the other day, that looked fine. I also think that rowing made me much more normalized to people in full spandex only outfits though...

Runners Fuel said...

Guys can wear tights (in the appropiate time/place) as long as they have shorts or somthing over it. They also can't have rolls hanging over. Same thing with girls.

Pretend this is real said...

Utilitarian. If you wear them to ward off the cold, I'm down with that. (I can't handle the cold either, so I sympathize.) But if it's 50-60 degrees out, back off!

Alanna said...

I don't really care about guys in tights. Maybe it's because my husband wears them so I'm used to it? Note: he also wears boxer briefs underneath so there's a bit more support... I'd far rather see a man in tights than in split side shorts. At least with the tights there's no chance of anything getting exposed.

Quix said...

Whatever gets you out there, I say. I have a fuzzy leopard print coat I wear during the winter. Far be it from me to be the fashion police. I'm a wuss too. If it dips below 40 I'm on the 'mill. I'd rather run in the 80s than the 30s.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

You probably look super sexy Adam, so don't worry about all the naysayers.

Adrienne said...

I don't mind tights at all so just keep wearing them ! Like I said on someone elses blog tight pants is what makes football and baseball so much fun to watch :)

Jamie said...

running tights on guys are WAY better than super short running shorts. Just wear a long shirt....or something. We don't want to see too much.
And I know how you feel about the "cold" weather. I've lived in the desert my whole life. I couldn't even IMAGINE running in that white stuff.

Nicole said...

I agree with the football comment. Just wear the tights, especially if you're only running outside. Who's going to see you more than 20 seconds? Maybe I'm used to seeing my dad and brother in bike shorts/pants, but tights on guys is not a big deal.

Barefoot Neil Z said...

For cripes sake. Tights on a man is disgusting. Put a pair of shorts over them and now we are talking. Hide the junk men, no one needs to see that. FFS.

Barefoot Neil Z said...

Jamoosh. I just read your comment, i'm not a dork (well maybe a bit of a dork). Frig, have you ever ran in -30c? Tights and Shorts are a MUST! I even have Windproof Underwear!! You'll only get that cold down there once... ugh.

http://www.shop.runningroom.com/product_info.php?cPath=81_82_50&products_id=2376&languages_id=1

...Barbie... said...

i hate boys in tights - they creep me out. yikes.

The Sean said...

Utilitarian.

Adam, there is not a difference between 90 and 95%. Just gauge effort by what you can do for a given time in a race situation. It is inexact... and- we usually run too hard, just about everyday. When you try a little less- you will go a little further/faster!

Pam said...

First of all... LMAO @ EMZ!!!!

Men in tights are as bad as men in booty shorts. It just don't work.

Her Name is Rio said...

Utilitarian. You gotta stay warm! I also find it makes guys look more hardcore. I just don't look "there", because that changes it all.

Chris K said...

I've got a pretty cool pair of Brooks running "sweats" that I can actually wear in public with noooooo issues.

Alanna said...

If your worried about being cold there's always this option... http://thermajock.com/

ps - thanks for promoting my contest! Muchly appreciated. :)

JB said...

Moose Knuckles! ROFLMAO! I've never heard that and reading the defn. on urban dictionary .... hahaha! I say wear your tights and wear a pair of shorts over them.

Kathy said...

I would never be caught dead in running tights.....and.....I don't really wanna see your junk bundled up nicely in some spandex.

Not so delicious.

Suck it up!!!! :)

RunnuRMark said...

Okay, touchy (or maybe "pokey"?) subject here. I say the tights are probably okay as long as:
a)They're pretty thick...as in people aren't seeing every little crease and shape.
b)You wear some compression shorts underneath to help manage the junk.

That being said, I won't do it. I do, however, sport the more fitted, but not spandex tight, running pants. I don't usually break them out unless it's in the teens for temps though. But sometimes they're just necessary. And for those people who think loose pants are okay...sure, if you're a jogger. They just don't work so great for faster runners.

To sum it up though, it should never be cold enough in Phoenix that you need to wear tights. Suck it up!

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

I know exactly what you mean. After living in Florida for the past 10 years I can't handle the cold nearly as well as I used to.

Dash said...

Well Adam, it really depends on the guy, but let me be honest, I'm usually looking at them from behind. I don't think I've seen a guy from the front to give it much thought, but I may have just blocked it out. I personally think that tights and tight layers (shirts) keep you warmer, so I'm a nod of approval. But, you could do pants over a pair of Nike core tights too... :) Stay warm!

Dash said...

I do have a completely different opinion of speedos though...

kilax said...

I ran on campus last Thursday. You would not believe how many new buildings there are! I took some pics to post this Sunday (am a bit behind). And we had that guy too - shirts and shorts in dead of winter.

I don't mind the tights, but I always wear shorts over mine. Do men do that?

Laurie said...

I am so OK with dudes in tights. It is not like their junk actually hangs out of them or anything. And tights with shorts on top?Terrible. F.

Glenn Jones said...

I wear them during the winter. Enuff said!