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Running the Numbers: Winter Training

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

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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