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Weather or not to run?

I was looking out at the rain earlier today pondering my next run/walk and I just wondered:

How bad does the weather have to get before you abandon your run?

I'll be gutted if the weather gets worse and I can't go out this afternoon. I'm quite looking forward to my date with Laura :)

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Ice kept me in as I find it difficult to walk down a dry road without falling over, rain wouldn't though. I go by the maxim that after five minutes you can't get any wetter.

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I've gone out for a run, but had to abandon it due to the weather. I run down our local beach, and I was getting blasted by some severe winds (with sand) which made it too painful to run. I'd be sketchy about running on ice or in snow, but the rain doesn't bother me at all. My very first run was in torrential rain!

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Snow was fine, though slower, rain was fine (hard to get motivated to go out, but as Fingalo says, once you're wet you just keep going, and muddy puddles are fun once you're resigned to soggy feet) - but I'd agree that sand-carrying wind just might make me give up! I think I'll find sun harder to cope with than rain actually - maybe we'll get a chance to find out over the next few weeks?

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I agree with the others - ice/lying snow/slush are all a NO for me - risk of injury outweighs benefit of one run (not very steady on my feet at the best of times).

Rain is OK - it's hard to get out of the door to start with but the actual running isn't so bad. I have a cheap running jacket from Aldi that keeps the worst of the rain off, although I still get wet everywhere else!

Warmth/sun - don't know, can't remember. I started in September and I think I can remember wearing a short sleeve t-shirt and no jacket. That seems SUCH a long time ago though!

Wind (of the weather-related type) is always bad and would be worse if bearing sand/rain/hail. Actually wind of any type when running is bad :o

Ann

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I actually love running in the rain and snow. I have thingies to put on my shoes when it's icy and if it's raining I just wear a baseball cap to keep the rain out of my eyes. Getting wet doesn't bother me as long as I can see where I'm going!

Temperature-wise, cold is fine if you just layer up. I've only been running since October but I don't imagine the heat will affect me in the summer because I go running first thing in the morning.

The only weather I really hate is wind. I run through open fields and on a windy day if it's right in your face then you can't even catch your breath.

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I know you'll all sneer andthink "what a wimp" but I hate running in the wet & cold, so got a treadmill. Dry outside = run outside. But icy/snowy/yeuchy outside = time to switch on the 'mill

Up here in Scotland, of course, the sun always shines. So that treadmill simply gathers dust!

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I'm with Malcy on this. I've run once in the rain and it wasn't raining when I set out otherwise I wouldn't have gone, and if it hadn't been my graduation run I'd have stopped when the rain started... :-)

Of course here in Switzerland we get a lot of snow/ice which if you run on woodland trails makes it kind of impossible, and then when it's all melted (next week hopefully) the track becomes a swamp... I love my gym...

There's always a kind of 'real runners run in all weathers' feeling... maybe we should start a 'weather wimps' section of the forum :-D

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Come on pam - what did you do?

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Ah well, I wasn't faced with the decision in the end as it wasn't raining when I went for my run :D

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I have only done one run on a treadmill; I have ran outside in rain, sleet, frost & ice, and I loved my runs on the settled complacted snow, made the place seen to bright and fresh! Walking warm up to the park was more slippy than the snow/frost!

I am only put off by strong winds (not of the type my dog has just inflicted on me!) but if a run is scheduled I'll still go, just leave it a bit and hope they die down or go and curse my way round!!! :-)

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Running in the rain is fun! It's only water after all. And there are all those puddy muddles to run through. I have been known to run through them, then turn round and run through them again just for the fun of it. BTW, I'm 63 (going on 8).

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I'm in Scotland, if I didn't run in the rain I'd never get out.

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I hate snow and ice and find it difficult to walk on never mind run on! so if its snow and/or icy its the treadmill in the gym for me. I have been out running once when it started to snow just flurries and it wasnt too bad.

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