I'm going to be traveling to Chicago, IL in early December and I'm training for a marathon. What kind of preparation and equipment do I need to continue training while I am there? I have run several marathons and I have run through the winter in the Southern US. I am prepared to run in weather down to about 35 degrees Fahrenheit, with minimal wind, rain, or snow. During the week I will be in Chicago, I plan to run at least 5-7 miles most days, with a long run of 15-20 miles one day. Historical weather shows that the average temperature in Chicago in December is 20 degrees.
- Should I expect to be running on ice, and if so, do I need special shoes?
- If it is icy or snowy outside, do people just go to the gym and completely avoid running outside?
- If I am running in ice or snow, is there a special method of layering that helps the most?
- I have been planning to do my long run on the lake. If it is 20 degrees outside and windy, is that feasible or will it be far too cold?