As someone who loves to run, you know that you might face all kinds of weather conditions. Avid runners are prepared for everything, so here are a few tips for running in inclement weather. When you take heed of this advice, you can reduce your risks of an injury and improve your odds of a safe, successful run.
When you go out in the rain, you don’t want your visibility affected by rain, so wear a visor or a cap to keep the rain out of your eyes. If the rain is really coming down, wear clear or lightly tinted glasses. You need to stay dry, so wear a lightweight, waterproof windbreaker with a hood. Getting wet when you are out for a run could cause you to become sick. Make sure you wear the right socks to help your feet stay warm and dry. Be sure to have rain gear in your wardrobe for those rainy days you head out for a run. The right shoes will make you less likely to slip on the wet roadways and when you run through puddles.
Summer days can be hot. When you are running in hot weather, you have a risk of dehydration and heat exhaustion. You need to dress accordingly, so you can stay as cool as possible. Wear athletic clothes of wicking materials. You should wear a wicking shirt and socks, so the sweat will stay away from your skin. This material helps you stay cooler as well. Wear a visor or hat to keep the sun off your face and out of your eyes. Also, wear sunscreen, so you can avoid sunburns. Chapstick that contains sunscreen can also help protect the lips. Watch your hydration levels. Take along a water bottle and take small sips along the way, being sure to not overdo it. Watch the pavement, because the tarmac can become slippery and sticky when it overheats.
Winters get cold and when it snows, sometimes it really snows with large accumulations. When you are heading out for a run in the cold, you need to take it seriously and be prepared. This means you must layer up. Your first layer should be sports underwear, which you can find at athletic shops. On top of that, add some fleece. Choose fleece that insulates, but that also stretches. Your feet are important, so keep them warm and dry. Wear shoes that grip in snow and ice to avoid falling. Warm socks that will keep your feet dry if you encounter slush and snow are a must. You will have winter clothing in your wardrobe, so make sure you add some winter running gear in your closet as well. You might want to protect your lips with some Chapstick.
When running in inclement weather it’s important to be prepared. Check the weather before leaving for a run to make sure you are ready for whatever weather is in store. Of course, if the weather is ever too dangerous to take a break that day and pick back up the next time is it safe to run again.
Written By: Rachel Gaffney