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Running in Zurich area in February

Hi,

I will be visiting Zurich during the full month of February. I arrive next week.
I enjoy to run and I would like to be prepared clothing wise before arriving.
I wonder if anyone who are accustomed to run in Zurich and nearby cantons could please give me some practical advice on what clothes to buy.

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Hi,

I will be visiting Zurich during the full month of February. I arrive next week.
I enjoy to run and I would like to be prepared clothing wise before arriving.
I wonder if anyone who are accustomed to run in Zurich and nearby cantons could please give me some practical advice on what clothes to buy.

Thanks in advance,
JohannaB

Wear what you normally do for similar temperatures when you run in Sweden (as your profile says you are from there).
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Old 29.01.2017, 13:24
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Re: Running in Zurich area in February

Hi Tom,

Thanks for your reply. Im planning to run along the lake. Cotton sweatpants and a fleece sweater is my day-to-day running wear. How wet is it usually in February? Will there be any 3-4 week long rain like in May last year? How is the roads? Frostbitten or wet/muddy/dry/slippy?

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Old 29.01.2017, 13:26
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Hi Tom,

Thanks for your reply. Im planning to run along the lake. Cotton sweatpants and a fleece sweater is my day-to-day running wear. How wet is it usually in February? Will there be any 3-4 week long rain like in May last year? How is the roads? Frostbitten or wet/muddy/dry/slippy?

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Could be, could not be, who can predict the weather? Just bring clothing in layers and some rain gear and you will be fine
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Re: Running in Zurich area in February

Okay.. I guess I will be better off searching for an answer to this question elsewhere..
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Old 29.01.2017, 13:34
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Okay.. I guess I will be better off searching for an answer to this question elsewhere..
What is a perfectly fine road now can be a mess next week. You can only look at the forecast and hope it turns out that way.
Nobody will be able to tell you for sure whether it will rain 3 weeks, snow 3 weeks or be dry for 3 weeks
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Okay.. I guess I will be better off searching for an answer to this question elsewhere..

There are hundreds of runners on this forum, including some very experienced ones.

I guess you're not one of those because you asked the question. I guess if you're used to wearing cotton clothes for running, you're not running very far either.

What you wear depends on the weather and how far you run, and the terrain.

The air is usually dry in February - wear what you do now and bring a hat an gloves and a warm top.

In Spring, it rains. Get wet or wear a lightweight waterproof running jacket and non-cotton clothing.

Wear your everyday running shoes. It's not normally slippy unless it was been warm/wet during the day but below zero at night.
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Re: Running in Zurich area in February

Lol, I was just going to say the same. At other place, the answer will be just add an outer water proof layer, that's all. It is not like we have a climatic fortune telling crystal ball.

I actually like cotton on my legs, too, even when one sweats. Wet lycra is worse, but it is probably just a matter of perception.
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Re: Running in Zurich area in February

There is no need to be rude.

You actually got a few fairly accurate answers.

We can't predict the weather - right now there is snow on the ground. But the sun is now out so maye in a few weeks the snow will be gone. There are one or two slippery / icy patches.

I have not been down to the lake lately - but my guess is it is ok to run along. My main running is along the Limmat or in/near the Altstetterwald. I'm not so adept at running on ice so am mainly on asphalt until the forest tracks clear.

Clothes-wise I currently wear long running pants, and have a couple of layers - t-shirt, thin long-sleeved top and light shower-proof zip-up kagoule thing - which are easy to take off and tie around one's waist if it gets warm.

Weather tends to get milder as we get into March.

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Re: Running in Zurich area in February

Hej Johanna,

I am also Swedish from Stockholm and I can say that normally in February it is much warmer in Zurich than in Sweden and I have for example never seen any runners here with spikes. I usually run in a bit thicker running pants and a fleece sweater this time of the year and a hat. That is sufficient. I can also recommend to run along Limmat.

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Re: Running in Zurich area in February

To add to the confusion:
- It can be -6c one day with fresh snow one morning
- It can 0c by lunch with slush on non-cleared paths and wet on cleared ones
- Next day it can be 4c and drizzling

The advice is simple:
- Layers, layers layers

Short sleeve, long sleeve, thermal, rain/wind proof for the top - long running tights (normal and thermal), hat and running gloves, and normal running shoes (unless you head into the hills).
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Re: Running in Zurich area in February

You had a lot of advice on clothing.

Apart from the lake, I can recommend some routes other than by the lake (where you often have traffic).

Running by the river limmat is an easy alternative where you cannot get lost, also the other river called the sihl. If you feel like an uphill you can run from Tram stop Triemli (tram 14) up to the top of the uetliberg (the tower on the hill visible from much of Zürich). There are many other routes too but don't want to confuse you. pm me if you need more.
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