RUNNING IN A WINTER WONDERLANDDD
January 31, 2014 12:55 AM Subscribe
Running in Chicago in the wintertime. I'm not as worried about the cold (love running in the cold!) as I am about ice. (South Side location.)
posted by stoneandstar to Health & Fitness (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I live in the Chicago and I would like to resume a running habit. I'm not afraid of running in the cold-- I enjoy it, and I have a lot of gear (balaclava, gloves, running tights, windbreaker, &c.) so I can adjust to most temperatures. This week it's supposed to be somewhere in the 20s, I think, which is fine.
However, I have no frickin' idea where to run. I'm used to cold temperatures in places where I know the terrain a bit better, and know where to avoid ice. I live on the South Side/near Hyde Park, and can't afford a gym membership right now unless it's dirt cheap. I assume the lakefront trail is way too cold and windy and possibly icy and full of snow? I assume most of the sidewalks probably are covered in hidden ice, or could be, and are therefore dangerous? Do most people just basically risk it? Am I being excessive about my fear of ice?
(I mean, I know ice is dangerous, but do most people just go for it? I see students running on the sidewalks all the time and assume they just usually don't fall and think their odds are good. Everyone is always like, "be careful of ice!!" but... how?)
Am I missing out on any hidden gem type running spaces in the Hyde Park area, indoor or outdoor? I was thinking maybe somewhere around the Midway, or near that ice rink there might be a paved area that stays clear where people would tolerate a couple runners?
Also, I bought expensive running shoes for like the first time in my life, and I love them, but are they going to be ruined by rain and snow? Am I supposed to have special waterproof running shoes? (As you can tell I am mostly a summer exerciser/gym rat and just don't want to pay the prices anymore.)