It’s easy to get discouraged by the weather when you are a beginning
runner. But it doesn’t have to stop you in your tracks – here are a few
tips to help when Mother Nature decides to trash your training.
This one of those times where a waterproof raincoat won’t do because
they don’t allow your skin to breathe. Trapped heat and moisture can
make your run highly uncomfortable, not to mention causing chafing and
overheating. Your outermost layer of clothing will need to be rain
resistant and, if it’s cold outside, wind resistant. Do not wear cotton
as it will trap sweat. Look instead for synthetic fabrics that wick
moisture away from your skin. Wear a hat to keep the rain off your face
and make sure to wear some sort of reflective gear so drivers can see
Snow and Ice
While most runners will stick to the treadmill or the indoor track
during the winter season, the few runners who venture outside are
rewarded with a refreshing and beautiful run. Ice grippers, a type of
coil you slip over your shoe, are highly recommended for this type of
environment. They provide a solid grip on slippery surfaces. You can
also buy trail running shoes which provide some moisture resistance
while delivering good traction. You can also try snowshoeing. Believe it
or not, if you can run, then you can snowshoe! Remember, no matter how
you tackle running in the snow and ice, make sure to wear layers as well
as two pairs of socks to keep your feet warm.
The dangers of running during high temperatures can take you by
sudden force, so it is wise to be extra cautious while exercising.
Before running, make sure you are hydrated and if running for more than
30 minutes, make sure you have access to additional fluids. Wear light,
loose-fitting clothing made out of synthetic material since cotton traps
moisture, becoming heavy and creating chafing. Try to run either early
in the morning in late in the evening when temperatures are not extreme.
Make sure to listen to your body while you run; count on getting
fatigued faster. Don’t push through it — just slow down or stop
If you take these common sense steps when running, you will find
yourself safe and happy during your runs, no matter the weather.