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Winter is for burrowing. I know this, bears know this, everyone knows this.

Or, at least, that’s what I thought until I spent some winters in Boston, a city known for getting very cold in the winter and also for being populated by people who are suspiciously enthusiastic about jogging. When the temperatures dipped and I nestled deep within my radiator-heated apartment, I’d still see hordes of people outside running—smugly, it seemed, though it’s possible that I was projecting—across the frosty sidewalks.

What do they know that I don’t? I would think, swaddled in my blanket on the couch.

The answer, it turns out, is pretty simple: It basically boils down to layers of sweat-wicking fabric, a good pre-run warmup, some visibility gear, and maybe some YakTrax if it’s slippery.

The Nessie dove deep on what makes outdoor running in the winter not just safe, but also… enjoyable. It’s possible! But before you head out, you’ll need to ask yourself three questions:

  1. Can I keep myself dry?

  2. Can I keep myself warm?

  3. Do I have good visibility?

If the answer is “no” to even one of those questions, it’s best to do an indoor workout instead. If you’re good to go, you can bundle up, throw on some winter running shoes, do some calisthenics to get the blood moving, and trot outside.

I plan to do some outdoor running this winter myself while holding very close to this pro tip: If it gets too cold, you can always go home.

Sara, editor of The Nessie

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