25 Dec '12, 2pm

Winter Advisory - How to make cold-weather runs safe--and even fun.

Stephen Fealy, M.D., a runner and sports-medicine physician at New York City's Hospital for Special Surgery, is even more cautious. "You shouldn't run outside for more than 30 minutes in temperatures below zero," he says. In addition to the risk of hypothermia and frostbite, Dr. Fealy says that you have a decreased ability to feel pain in negative-degree temps. If an old injury flares up or a new one arises, you may not feel it and could make things worse by continuing to run. But don't just consult the thermometer--wind chill is actually more important. It can be a tolerable 30 degrees outside, for example, but if the winds are gusting at 20 miles per hour, the resulting negative-15-degree wind chill could make you reconsider an outdoor run. If you do venture out, take note of the wind's direction. National Weather Service meteorologist and runner John Jensenius, of Grey,...

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