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Cold Weather Running

Updated: Jan 6, 2020

With some preparation, you can run safely and comfortably through the fall and winter months

Understanding weather conditions is very important to planning your run. To ensure you have the most accurate information, check weather forecasts the night before and right before your run using the hour-by-hour feature available on most online weather sites. Additionally, you should be aware that weather patterns vary based on the micro-climates around region (a “micro-climate” is a local atmospheric zone where the climate differs from the surrounding area due to a variety of factors such as bodies of water. e.g. Green Lake neighborhood), so you need to tailor your workout and clothing system for the exact location of your run. On long runs, keep in mind you may encounter more than one micro-climate. Once you have the most accurate information available, you make your final decisions on workout, route and clothing system. In the winter months, you should make your final clothing decisions 10 minutes before you head out the door. Before heading out the door in the winter months:

  • Check the temperature and overall weather conditions.