When it snows in Pittsburgh, you pack away the sneakers and hibernate for a few months, right? Wrong. You don’t have to play by winter’s rules. Just keep moving!
Ignore the thermometer. Get off the couch (and out from under the blankets). It’s time to fight back against cabin fever.
Get outside and brave the elements with these wintertime Brrrrrrgh (get it?) workouts that are sure to get you warm.
SCRR ain’t afraid of no snow either. Every year in December, the Steel City Road Runners put on their Cookie Run and Toy Drive benefiting Toys for Tots (but bringing homemade cookies only benefits you and your running friends). Starting at the SCRR Garage downtown, you’ll take a brisk Saturday morning training run of three, six, or 10 miles with the group’s coaches and pacers. Some rosy cheeks and a case of the sniffles are worth it to spread some holiday cheer. Don’t forget to bring an unwrapped gift to donate! December 17
No one can deny that downtown Pittsburgh’s decorations for the holiday season make you all warm and fuzzy inside (unless you’re Scrooge…or from Philadelphia). But seeing all of the displays in one night is tough and downright chilling. So why not take a festive express tour? The Holiday Lights Run! Starting at the PPG Wintergarden, you’ll scurry four miles, six miles, or a one-mile holiday stroll for an active holiday montage. The sixth annual jaunt (on December 15th) will have you throw on your favorite (and warmest) holiday socks, sport some blinking Christmas lights, and run past the city’s best indoor and outdoor holiday displays. December 15
Running alone in the cold is just sad. Running with a group of people towards a hot meal sounds like something we can get behind. People Who Run Downtown do just that – they run downtown, regardless of snow, slush, hell, or high water (you know – when the Mon Wharf floods). The best part is that after this four- to six-mile run, you’ll arrive at your dining location to schmooze (maybe booze) and warm up with a hot meal at a different restaurant every Tuesday. And don’t think a little cold weather will stop them…these seasoned vets have been running for thirty years! Layer up and join in! Ongoing
Getting motivated to go for a run is hard enough. Going for a run outside, in December, when it’s cold and dark at 5 o’clock is the absolute worst. Unless, of course, you’re running with a bunch of fit friends before grabbing a beer. Sound like something you might be into? Well then, meet up at True Runner in Shadyside for a run around the neighborhood followed by beers a Mario’s. Bonus: It’s on the shortest day of the year…so you’ll likely spend more time beering than running.December 21
kayaking on a warm, summer day). It’s a tough race. It’s a cold race. But just know that you’ll get a hot pancake feast at the end to warm the soul. January 8You have to be a certain type of crazy to run a hilly five miles in blustery North Park in January. Or you just have to love pancakes. The Frigid 5 Miler uses the Lodge Loop for its freezing footrace, meaning that you’ll likely see a frozen-over North Park Lake (daydream of
You could say the SCRR run the Pittsburgh running scene. All day, every day, every month of the year. That’s probably why the UPMC Pittsburgh Half-Marathon trusts them to host their annual Kick-Off Run, designed to shake the rust (and ice) off your legs for the start of training. Last year, their February run was cold, unsurprisingly. But the four- to 10-mile routes around the UPMC Sports Performance Complex in the South Side were so much better for one reason: The body heat of the hundreds of fellow runners who showed up. It also helps that it’s free. This year’s date is still TBD, but you know we’ll keep you in the know. TBD
You know what they say: When you’re cold, just imagine everyone in their underwear. Or is that for stage fright? Oh well, there’s not much left to the imagination for this February race anyway. That’s because Cupid’s Undie Run is run outside, open to all elements…in your underwear. You’ll run a mile (likely a really fast one) in your delicates before warming up with a drink at McFadden’s in the North Shore. Fitt tip: Wear PG-13 underwear – cover those cheeks! February 11
When you’re sick of the snow and just want winter to be over, you sign up for the Spring Thaw. You’ll run 10, 15, or 20 miles through North Park. Traditionally, it’s used to kick off race season – a great “warm-up” run for the Pittsburgh Marathon in May. And get this: It has survived 39 brutal Pittsburgh winters already. You can too. (Let’s just hope PGH is already a little thawed out before your long run). February 25
If this list isn’t doing it for you, that’s totally cool. Maybe you’re not into running outside when the snow starts to fall. Not a problem, gang. We have an up-to-the-day list of fit, active, and fun events happening in Pittsburgh. Yes, that includes indoor workouts too. Check them all out right here!
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