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Wherever you live, winter running can be a challenge. Below are some suggestions from the website to help you get your miles and workouts in regardless of the conditions. Run a short loop or track or find an indoor facility:
"LOOPS: Need a safe area and smooth pavement? Map out a 1+ mile loop on quiet (OR CLEARED, NOT ICY) streets, and repeat it as needed. This works well for early or late runs in darkness, in bad weather conditions, or any time you don't wish to be too far from home or car at any point in the run." (Short loops won't seem so boring if it saves you from facing rain or wind or snow for long periods going out or coming back on your regular course.)
"PARKING GARAGES: Running a loop around a floor or up/down the ramps of large multi-story indoor parking garages can be a way to escape lightening and inclement weather, and include hill runs/repeats in unfamiliar or flat locations. Generally, floors farther away from the garage entrance will be less wet and slippery, and the less the traffic will interfere with your activity." (Avoiding rush hours will help too.)
"HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE TRACKS: Both outdoor and indoor tracks provide a great way to run specific training distances at faster than jogging speeds. Outdoor tracks use is mostly free (but may not be cleared of snow). Indoor track use may require a membership; they are often small and you must run multiple laps to cover just one mile (8-11 for example). However the relatively controlled environment may allow you to stay on your training plan, or run during the day without too much grooming needed to get back to work. Both allow you to keep water or nourishment close by."
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