I am a runner (of all seasons!), and I've found it typically works best to dress as if it's 20 degrees warmer than it actually is outside. For example, if it's 60, you want to dress as if it were really 80. The general rule is to make sure you're cold when you start running - if you head outside and you're comfortable, you're going to get too warm during your run. Also, dress in layers so if you overdress, you can shed a layer or two!
Mpls/St. Paul is AWESOME as far as trails go. I'm lucky enough to live right off the Cedar Lake Trail in St. Louis Park (which is plowed during the winter) so I have many options as all the trails are connected. The chain of lakes (Harriet, Calhoun, Lake of the Isles) are typically pretty congested once spring hits, but they are still fun to run - just be aware you'll have lots of company. If you know where you'll be living, or would like more specific advice, feel free to PM me. :)
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Welcome! I'm not really a runner (biking suits my body better), but I know there are a ton of trails covering this awesome city. And, from the sounds of it, many of them are kept up pretty well during the winter. I believe someone else just posted about the West River Trail being cleared sometimes before the roads are plowed. As for me, I took my exercise indoors over the winter since I can't handle the icy temps. I can't wait for it to be nice outside again!
Welcome to the team!! I wish I was an outdoor runner but am not due to allergies in the spring/summer/fall and not liking the cold in the winter. I stick to my treadmill and watch movies. My cousin however is an outdoor runner year around. She said she carefully learned to run on the snow/ice but she has fallen a few times. Some people use crampons or yaktrax for better traction.
Hi there! I just moved to Minneapolis from the East Coast and am trying to adjust to the crazy coldness. I am used to being able to run year-round. Does anyone do that around here? What's the trick? What do you wear?
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