@Saras: Huh, maybe your climate's more different than I thought. I always figured it was a lot like ours, just a bit warmer on average. Maybe it's the length of the freezing periods?
Moisture problems are a thing but the room air being dry in winter times is more of a rule than an exception here.
That used to be
the case, but yeah climate change happened.
Realistically, our winters now are rather sporadic. We don't really get extended periods of one weather type anymore.
Is there a cyclone above us now? Then it's 0c and reallly reallly fucking wet and there's permanent moisture everywhere or is there anti-cyclone above us now? In which case it's -20.
And since the weather flip flops from basically "holy shit, there are icicles forming in my nostrils" to "is it spring already, where's my umbrella?", the cold never lasts long enough for the dryness to have a real effect.
I am the only one who finds it ironic that running is no longer treated as a mode of transportation? There are people who run 5 to 10 km a day to stay in shape but then take their car to go to work 5 blocks from home. "Active transportation" is almost always synonymous with bicycling.
Running was always a means to an end, not general transportation. People never went from place to place by running, they only did so if they had to chase something.
It's not hard to figure out why really, most people can't really run in their work clothes and if they do they'll end up drenched in sweat.
Cycling or just walking is much more simple. I don't need to have a change of clothes and neither do I need to go into a shower after either.
Also constant running in city environments is far too hazardous for ones personal health than any other option