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Snow running may be okay, but black ice and windchills below zero are a no, no. The risks outweigh the benefits. Lots of runners are wondering what to do if the old man winter shuts down a run. Should I run 16 miles on the treadmill? How about 6? Yikes, no!
If you do not regularly run long distances on the treadmill, I don't recommend it. And you if plan to run your race on the road, I don't recommend spending much time on a treadmill period. But there are several other options for you to consider:
- push your long run to the following weekend.
- push your run to Sunday.
- split the long run distance in two, running half Saturday afternoon and half Sunday (weather permitting)
- combine a treadmill run with some runner friendly cross training cardio. e.g. if 10 miles is on your schedule and it takes you 90 minutes to run 10 miles, then you will do 90 minutes total of the following three activities: treadmill run + elliptical + water run (30 min each).
Stay safe and good luck!