Hazards of A Warm Winter’s Run

Hazards of A Warm Winter's Run // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

When it’s above 30 degrees in winter, running is mandatory. That’s my rule. It feels balmy in comparison to 20s or below, and I get excited about things like wearing my lightweight running headband and taking my iPhone outside without the battery dying in seconds—oh, the luxury!

Tonight I ran past a digital sign that flashed the temperature (37 WHOLE DEGREES) and wondered why I didn’t see any other runners taking advantage of this good fortune. Probably because it had been raining all day, or because monster piles of melting snow create their own hazards. For instance…

Every shiny bit of sidewalk is a trap.

A Warm Winter's Run // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Is it just the sheen of moisture, or is it a wet ice patch of death? Run over it with your worn-out training shoes and find out!

Puddles are actually Hurdles.

A Warm Winter's Run // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Running isn’t enough of a workout—better make the route an obstacle course. Jump over the melting snow or succumb to wet, squishy socks.

Unshoveled sidewalks are your enemy.

Hazards of A Warm Winter's Run // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

And so are the lazy homeowners who neglected to shovel them. Cross the ice rink with caution, then commence normal running.

Despite these bothersome challenges, running in fairer winter temperatures is delightful. It’s a reprieve from the harsh, cheek-pinking cold and a reminder that it’s not so terrible running in January after all. For every single-digit day, there’s a 37-degree day that feels like bliss.

YOUR TURN: What’s your favorite winter running weather?

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About LWynalek

Writer. Runner. Cat lover.

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