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Whether you’re a winter warrior or a summer speedster, the chances are you prefer running at a particular time of year – but what’s the science behind our seasonal preferences?


What’s the best time of year to run? And what’s your favourite time of year to run? Chances are your answers to those two questions will be the same, but that’s not necessarily right. The fact that you enjoy breezing along with the sun on your back doesn’t mean summer is the best time of year to run, but neither does plodding along and racking up the miles in winter mean that’s the ideal time for it either.

“There’s a large genetic component, but your preferences are also environmental,” says Andy Lane, professor of sports psychology at the University of Wolverhampton. “If it’s hot every time you run there won’t be any negative connotations. That shouldn’t limit anyone, though. If you don’t like running in the heat you can learn to do it so you’re not scared of it.”

“As human beings who evolved in Africa we’re likely to be best suited to warm, dry conditions in the low 20s,” says Andy Blow, co-founder of Precision Hydration ( “I guess that would tally with a lot of us probably enjoying running in the warmer summer months than in winter.”

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Ready to take your running off-road? Then make sure you pick up a copy of the October issue of Men’s Running – our trail special. If you’re a persistent pavement pounder, or are completely new to running altogether, our Beginner’s Guide to Trail will tell you all you need to know about picking the right kit, finding the right routes and tailoring your training for efficient running away from the asphalt and tarmac. We’ve also got exclusive reviews of the latest trail shoes, top-to-toe kit suggestions for every off-road scenario and the latest tech to keep you on track. If it’s inspiration you’re in need of, our lead feature – a stunning trail runner’s guide to the Jurassic Coast – will have you leaping over your nearest stile quicker than you can remember you’ve only just cleaned your trainers. And don’t worry, if trail really isn’t your thing, we’ve also got the usual training advice, race reports and nutrition know-how to help you run stronger than ever.