The cold, snow and ice may have stopped traffic and canceled classes, but failed to prevent one athlete training for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run to get in his early morning jog.
Jon Lyons, the 28-year-old founder of Philadelphia-based running group Run215, took a run early Thursday morning through the snow-covered streets of the city. The dropping temperatures didn’t deter his mission.
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“I run in the rain, the heat, the snow,” Lyons said. “I prefer to run in the city as much as possible, so that means whatever the weather is like,” he continued.
While running in the snow comes with its own set of challenges, Lyons says getting accustomed to different climates is an important part of preparing for long-distance running.
“You never know what conditions will be like, but it gives you a good idea of where you’re at, and also tests your limits,” he said. “The main thing is you have to run a bit slower because of slippery slopes and changes in terrain.”
With the 10-mile run eight weeks ahead, Lyons' running at least four to five times a week to train.
“I’ve done training programs in the past,” he said. “So I have a good grasp on what I need to do to get me ready.”
This means running rain or shine. But as long as you’re dressed comfortably, the snowfall also has its benefits.
“As long as you bundle up and have good footwear, and take inventory of what’s going on, it’s beautiful,” he said.
“The streets are quiet and no one is out on the road, it’s really gorgeous.”