Running the Numbers: Winter Training

Baby, it’s cold outside! We asked and you answered about running through the winter.

DEEP FREEZE! Baby, it’s cold outside! We asked and you answered about running through the winter.

Our readers cannot be kept inside due to snow! 4 out of 5 cold-climate runners have used anti-slip spikes in icy weather.

4:1 is the perfect ratio of carbs to protein in an optimal post-workout snack. Our favorite frigid-temp option? Hot cocoa! Try it with coconut milk for a healthy dose of medium chain triglycerides.

34% of readers wanted to try snow-shoe running this winter. Who gave this new routine a shot?

The average race-day temperature during February’s Yukon Arctic Marathon in Whitehorse, Canada is 10 degrees. Brrrrr!

What was the ideal temperature for our readers? 45-60 degrees won over half our readers over.

Applause to all the eternal optimists among our readers who said that any weather is the perfect running weather!

51.8° is the optimal temp for a PR—and also the weather at which the fastest elite women’s marathon times have been run.*

12% of gym memberships open in January compared to an average of 8.3% per month for the rest of the year.**

*Jeff City Road Runners
**Data from International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association