How to Run in the Winter (Without Freezing Your Butt Off)

There’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing…

Running in the cold isn’t as tough as it looks. With the right gear, your fingers and ears can stay toasty while you jog through a winter wonderland.

Source: How to Run in the Winter (Without Freezing Your Butt Off)

  • I use wool socks for everything – running, cycling, triathlon (not the swimming part!).
  • Silk sock liners are awesome for keeping feet warm and add very little bulk under normal socks.
  • If it’s slippery out, might want to use trail runners
  • Body heat: the bigger you are (whether muscle or fat) and the faster you run, the more sweat and heat you’ll generate
  • The article didn’t mention lights.  I own a headlamp – it’s rechargeable, but I’m not impressed with it’s ability to hold a charge.
  • Spikes: The shorter, the better. The longer they are, the more they alter how your foot rolls off. I don’t use any on snow, but on ice?  Use 0.25 inch, maximum.

This Luxurious Yarn Is Made From Bones, Ligaments and Tendons

It’s people!  They really should name the product “soylent wool” 😀

Wendelin Stark would like a new sweater. It’s cold in Zürich, where he lives, so he’d like a really warm one. Preferably one as cozy as cashmere.

Before long, Stark may be wearing one of his own invention, crafted with an ultra-soft wool-like yarn spun from all the stuff that’s left after an animal’s been slaughtered and processed. His team at the Functional Materials Laboratory at ETH Zürich, where he’s a professor, has spent four years creating such a fabric, and recently created a working prototype—of a mitten.

Source: Luxury Wool Made From … Leftover Animal Parts?

My preferred use for animal by-products is petroleum production.  There was news years ago about someone who’d pioneered a contraption to produce petroleum/oil from chicken carcasses, wanting to employ them near chicken farms.  I doubt it would be enough volume to fuel vehicles, but given the hurdles that the gelatin wool still has to address – petroleum production for textiles that already work would be a better use of resources to me.  We are more dependent on petroleum products than we’d like to admit.