You will do best running as training the same distance of the race you want to prepare for. The distance you run in training should be the same as race you are training for. If the race is a 5k you should run that every day. If it is a 10k you could run it every day if you have been running that distance every day, if not you should work up to it by adding from 10% of your distance a week. If it is a longer distance such as a half marathon you should run it at least once a week and maybe 7 miles 2 or 3 times a week and a 5k on the other days.
Great run today, it was only about 20 degrees so I wore some loose fitting running tights, a sweatshirt, windbreaker, gloves and stocking cap. I ran about 4 miles on city streets and then ran over to Kiwanis Park. It is a small park probably less that 5 miles across but it has a lot of wooded and grassy areas with rolling hills. Some hills are short and steep and some long and rolling. Running in the grass is harder than running on pavement but they have a nice blacktop path through the park. I usually run in the grass up and down the hills along the tree line.
I don't know why school track classes wear sweatpants and sweatshirts. The wind blows right through them and is very cold on bare skin. After you run for a while and get sweaty it is worse because the fabric absorbs the sweat becomes ice cold. This ice cold fabric then blows up against bare skin.
Never wear sweat pants and if you wear sweatshirts make sure to have a long sleeved t-shirt underneath and a vinyl windbreaker over it.
A stocking cap is the most important item for a runner to wear in the wintertime. This is because 90% of your body heat is lost through your head. It is not uncommon to see a runner wearing shorts and a t-shirt with a stocking cap and gloves. Because of your blood circulation while exercising these are the places that get cold first.
I don't check the weather every day before I go running but here is what I wear most days.
In these long cold winter months when sometimes it is hard to get out and run I start thinking about good times running in the summer. I was just thinking about the Galva Independence day race. I don’t think I have missed that race in the last 20 years. It’s always in Wiley Park in Galva. Wiley Park is a small park in the middle of the city with a picnic shelter in the center. Huge beautiful old houses with neatly manicured lawns surround the park. There are big wide sidewalks for runners to finish on.