Nathan Freeburg

Nathan started running when he was 14. 20+ years later, he's still going. When he's not running, he enjoys exploring the city with his son, finding new restaurants with his wife, traveling, or backpacking. He loves dark beer, dark chocolate and dark coffee. Nathan currently lives in Portland, but works in Minneapolis and runs wherever he is. Favorite Minnesota running route is anything that takes him along the Mississippi River. Race Results. Nathan's day job is as a senior consultant with Leadership Vision Consulting in Downtown Minneapolis.
  • Lenny

    From 30F to 40F I use a pair of Nathan Speedshift running gloves (which, quite honestly, are not very good).

    From 20F to 30F I use a pair of Head running gloves I bought at Costco. They’re the ones that can be used with touch screens. These are pretty good, particularly for the price.

    Below that range, I’m still exploring as this is my first winter of running I do know that the Head gloves don’t quite cut it below 20F.

    I had my first sub-zero run Sunday morning. It was -7F temp and -23F windchill, according to my WeatherBug app. I wore my Head gloves inside a pair of heavy “glommits”. Inside the finger pouch of each glommit I had a disposable hand warmer. I started out gripping with the glommit full closed, gripping the handwarmer. At the 1.5 mile mark my hands were getting too warm so I flipped off the finger pouch and just gripped the warmers. At 2 miles I quit using the hand warmer and just alternated between open and closed glommits for the next 6 miles. That worked well to regulate the heat. The finger pouch has velcro to hold it back and prevent it from flopping around.

  • Rich Rein

    This one comes more from my “other life” sitting on frozen lakes in the middle of winter, but it can come in handy for runs too (especially if you want to get away with lighter gloves than you otherwise should, like for being able to more easily manipulate your watch during intervals, or your phone while mid-run):
    Go to your local department/big box store, pick up a cheap pair of athletic wristbands (bonus points if they have thick unicolor stripes, or some silly embroidered cartoon logo) and some hand warmer packets. Take the packet, warm it up per the instructions (some need to be shaken, others just exposed to air), and then slide it inside of the wristband on the palm side/inside of your wrist. By doing this, you are effectively artificially warming the blood coming in and out of your hands (think back to your grade school circulatory system lessons), combatting the natural cooling effect caused by your five-fingered heat sinks.
    While this doesn’t mean that you can walk around bare-fingered in subzero temperatures, it is a bit more effective than simply putting a hand warmer somewhere inside of a glove/mitten – and in combination with some sort of a windproof layer on your fingers, you will be surprised just how much warmer your hands will feel.

  • Mark Martinsen

    When it gets below zero I use a pair of Outdoor Research Alti Gloves which are fine as long as you never take them off. Eventually I have to take them off to get a gel or water and they freeze on the inside but not usually until 3 or 4 hours of sweating and on off. Then I reach for the Yak Trax hand warmers to thaw the frozen gloves. I have Renaults Syndrome so cold hands are the bane of my winter running experience.

  • Gina Lecy

    I have great difficulty keeping my hands warm..I wear OmniHeat mittens by Columbia at any temp below 32 degrees..I would cry if I lost them..literally!

  • Dale Kovar

    I have an old pair of fleece-lined gloves that work pretty well. When fingers start to get cold, I pull them together like in a mitten and make a fist for a short time, then they’re good for awhile again. I also notice when running the dark the hand carrying the cold flashlight gets colder much quicker.

    • frenat

      Do they make insulated flashlights? 🙂

  • Sandy

    I always use hand warmers inside warm gloves, topped by mittens if it’s below 15.

    • frenat

      How long do those warmers last?

      • Sandy

        About 10 hours, so they are still perfectly warm for walking to work a few hours later. The best price I have found is on Amazon (Hot Hands).