Running in Thawing Conditions

Since I try to avoid running on a treadmill I have had to get used running in a variety of conditions. As long as I dress warm enough I don’t mind running in the cold and I can tolerate the rain as long as it is not a torrential downpour.

The weather I really don’t enjoy running in is when the snow starts to melt rapidly. Generally I don’t have to worry about it until March as the winter is coming to an end. However, with the temperature hitting 5 C today, 41 F, the snow was melting quickly today.

In a way it was nice to be able to run without a hat or gloves at this time of year but the patches of ice and big puddles along the sidewalks made tonight’s run less enjoyable than it could have been. I don’t think there is anything I dislike more than being out for a run and soaking my foot in a big puddle of icy water.

As a result of the warm conditions my run home tonight was spent dodging the puddles while also trying to avoid the remaining icy patches. This made it more difficult to maintain a steady pace. Fortunately I managed to make it home with my feet mainly dry as I avoided the worst of the puddles.

So far the judging by the forecast for the rest of the week freezing temperatures will return meaning I won’t have to worry about the puddles although I may have to keep an eye out for larger patches of ice.

What kind of weather conditions do you not enjoy running in?

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