- Jenn Gill
While I normally love running in cold weather, some winters really test your patience as a runner. With all the snow, ice and cold, it can sometimes feel like we are stuck in an arctic freeze forever! But the temperatures start to rise, and the snow melts and each day gets longer and longer and spring is finally in the air! As spring draws closer, it is time to take inventory of your running wardrobe and get yourself back in the practice of running in warmer weather.
Here are 5 tips to you help you run in the spring:
1. GOOD QUALITY: Look for apparel that is good quality. While better quality apparel is generally more expensive, it will be made better, with tighter threading and generally higher quality fabrics. The higher quality fabrics lend to greater durability, comfort and performance. They feel better against your skin, dry quickly, and hold up after tons of washing. Remember, look for apparel, socks and undergarments that are made with moisture-wicking fabrics and when it comes to running apparel be sure to remember - COTTON IS ROTTEN!!
2. INVEST IN AN OUTER SHELL: Invest in a good, lightweight jacket or shell. Look for a jacket that is water and wind-resistant. These jackets will have sealed seams that will help keep water out when that unexpected spring shower pops up mid-run. Be sure the jacket is breathable to prevent from overheating.
3. WEAR LAYERS: When in doubt - LAYER! A good rule of thumb is to pay attention to how you feel when you leave for your run. If you feel a little on the cold side, you're in good shape and will most likely not overheat on your run. Another starting point is following the "20 degree" rule: dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer that it actually is when you get started. This is where wearing layers will help you the most!
4. PROTECTION: As the weather gets warmer and the sun gets stronger, be sure to protect your head and eyes from the sun. Look for a hat that is made with breathable fabric to prevent overheating. Keep those eyes protected with a good pair of running sunglasses. Look for glasses that are light, don't move as you run and are durable. We carry a variety of Tifosi sunglasses, which are light, flexible and made specifically for sports. And don't forget sunscreen! Even though the sun isn't yet at its strongest, you're still exposing your skin to harmful UV rays. Look for a sunscreen that is water- and sweat-proof, is at least 30 SPF and is broad spectrum - both UVA and UVB protection.
5. LIGHT UP! With Daylight Savings Time, your morning run may be in the dark. It is time to revisit the rules of running in the dark. In addition to wearing apparel that has reflective properties, be sure to leave your iPod at home so you can be aware of your surroundings, carry a flashlight and run against traffic. Check out all of our reflective accessories, such as vests, arm and leg bands, head lamps and blinkers!
Stay safe & have fun!