Make a date to meet someone for a run. There’s no wimping out when someone is waiting. Take it from one of the coldest running clubs in the world.” John Stanton, the founder of the Running Room in Edmonton, Alberta, says the club’s Wednesday and Sunday group runs are popular in winter, when the average high is -8C.
In January and February, the Running Room hosts the Hypothermic Half- Marathon, which attracts 3500 runners in 14 cities across the world-even at temps as low as -20C. “There’s a big, free brunch afterward,” Stanton says.”People will do anything for omelets and pancakes.”
Solo? “Tell yourself that you can go back inside after five minutes if it’s really bad,” says coach Patti Finke. “Usually you stay out there.” Of course, not everyone objects to winter weather. “A night run during a light rain is one of the most peaceful things you can experience,” says Justin Lord of Bethlehem.