posted on December 11, 2017
You’d almost think the Pittsburgh Marathon was planned in such a way that competitors would be forced to train through the winter. Laugh’s on us! This time of year, the local trails are not quite as safe as the (somewhat) well maintained roads. If you’ve never been on a slushy icy trail, it’s quite a treacherous scene. You’ll likely have to crawl your way back!
If you’re a determined runner unwilling to settle for a treadmill, there’s nothing like a long run in the blistering cold of Pittsburgh. You may not be able to run your fastest, but the focus needed to maintain balance and coordination will take a lot of energy and provide a different kind of challenge that will contribute to your training. If nothing else, it will be an experience.
To make the most of your long runs and avoid any major issues such as loss of feeling in your fingers or toes, definitely leave the house prepared!
There’s definitely such a thing as running weather being too cold, so if there’s a blizzard or temperatures are in the negatives, stick by the fire with a good book and wait for a better day. Risking injury or, well, hypothermia, is just not worth it.