I invented a new word this weekend.
Ass + Icicle = Assicle
This is a phenomenon that occurs when you are running in snow and 15 degree temperatures several days in a row and your butt (or at least mine) begins to numb, then freeze. Look! Your water freezes too!
Does looking at this photo just make you cold? Well, it was.
I always thought that since the butt (or at least mine) is mostly pure and lovely fat, it would keep me warm. But, I did some research (i.e., Googling “why does my butt freeze when I run?”) and found out this is SO not the case.
You see, fat may be a great insulator, but it doesn’t carry around blood like muscle does. Therefore, circulation is limited resulting in the dreaded assicle.
You cannot see it, but there is a block of ice between my lower back and my upper thighs.
As you can guess, women are blessed with (as a stereotype) fattier asses than men (not fair, not fair at all), so we tend to freeze up more often. Ken never complains about his ass freezing. Never. But I did use this beard ice for my margarita later on.
I am thinking deeply right now: I bet if Kim Kardashian ran in the cold she would have a monumental assicle. Just sayin’.
Ways to Prevent the Assicle:
- Stay inside and watch Netflix
- Build up extreme muscle in your butt (because this is SO very easy to do)
- Wear an extra layer over your cheeks like a running skirt over tights
- Run with a quilt tied around your waist
- Wear a cycling jacket instead of a running jacket. They are longer (and have handy pockets in the back)
Yes, so it does take a bit more motivation and self talk to bundle up on these super cold days. But, the payoff? Peace, beauty and the honor of labeling yourself a brave and courageous bad-ass. See my post HERE about tips for running in the cold.
How’s the weather where you are? We are beginning to thaw out after almost a week of snow and bitter cold.
Do you get the assicle? If not, what part of your body gets the coldest while running? For me, it’s my face, my hands and my butt. My legs, core and feet are usually pretty warm.