Run 45 Degree Days for Best Results

The best temperature for jogging is cool, cloudy weather, 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Sounds too cold? Maybe at first, but once you get warm, the cool air means it will be easier for you to dissipate the heat.

Runners do the fastest in races between 40 and low 70 – and research shows that the cooler end of that range is better. Here’s why: Cool weather means your body can keep it from overheating more easily.

Remember that you have an internal body temperature of 98.6 degrees, but you prefer to sit and watch TV in a room with a temperature of 70 degrees; if the room was 98 degrees, there would be nowhere to put your excess heat. In a race, you work harder so you have more heat to dissipate; this means you need an even lower temperature. (Think how much sweat you sweat while running on a 70-degree day – your body is trying to cool down.)

You may be cold at first (pro tip: put on a jacket or trash bag ), but once you warm up, you’ll have the ideal temperature. So don’t be afraid to sign up for a run in late fall or early spring, and don’t shy away from running on a chilly day. This is possibly your best run.

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