Here in the Northern Hemisphere, Winter is upon us. And people email me every day asking what to do if they want to be barefoot or minimalist in the cold weather. While I’ve written about running bare foot in the cold before, this is a whole new thing 😉
First let me say: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. In other words, don’t go out and try to imitate me.
I’ve been barefoot running for over 2 and a half years, and haven’t worn a pair of real shoes for more than a total of 3 days in that time.
Last winter, I thought, “I’ll keep my Xero Shoes on until it seems too cold.” And the next thing I knew, it was Spring!
So, clearly I’ve acclimated. And that’s not too surprising. Humans (and our hominid cousins) lived in cold climates without shoes for a LOOOONG time. So, we’re kinda wired for it, if we give ourself time to adapt.
Here’s the video I just shot, after we got 18″+ of snow in Boulder. It’s about 15 degrees out.
What I did is this:
- Outside for about 10 minutes
- Inside to dry off my feet and warm them for 5
- Outside for another 10
- Inside to dry and warm for about 3
- Outside for 30+ minutes… by this time my body temp had gone way up. I was sweating quite a bit. And my feet felt totally warm. Not numb. Warm. When I got inside after finishing the shoveling, they didn’t have to thaw or warm up or anything.
Lena wants me point out that you should check the Wiki about frostbite so you don’t do something stupid and get hurt 😉