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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?

Running in Cooler Weather

The weather we have had over the past week or so has served as a reminder that cooler weather is here to stay now. If tonight was any indication, my short sleeve shirts and shorts might have to  go away until the spring. It was my first run in a while where I wished I had a pair of pants to run in instead of the shorts I brought with me.

In a way it is a shame because September and October can often provide some of the better weather to run in here as we often still get many warm and sunny days where even though it is cooler than the summer months it is still comfortable to run in shorts and short sleeves. I certainly can’t complain this year as that was the case in September and for most of October this year.

While it does mean having to wear more layers to stay warm the cooler weather does not really change my running habits overall. I will still be running at he crack of dawn or in the evening after work. For me the only weather conditions that postpone are heavy rain or snowfall and extreme cold.

Does the cooler weather alter your running habits? What is your favourite time of year to run?