Whether you are an avid runner that strides out 25 miles per week or someone who takes a leisurely jog every once in a while, weather conditions can wreak havoc on a runner’s body. Running in different types of weather can alter a runner’s stamina, mental strength, and physical health. To overcome the effects that harsh weather may cause, here are a few tips that runners can follow to conquer any type of conditions.
According to Very Well Fit, running in the rain makes you mentally stronger and physically prepares you for race day. Some athletes even prefer a little precipitation as they run–in San Antonio’s hot months it’s refreshing. As long as it’s not a torrential downpour or thunder and lightning, rain is a very feasible condition to tackle while getting some miles under your belt. Use caution when running in the rain because, according to Runner’s World, you are more susceptible to chafing and blisters. Oh! And don’t forget to use a waterproof phone case to protect your electronics during your soggy jogs.
While San Antonio doesn’t get much snow, if you are traveling over the holidays you may want to be prepared for some of the fluffy white stuff on your run. Running in the snow can be pretty epic, but it can also be dangerous for the athlete. When trotting through the powdery mix, many runners can endure major injuries from slipping on ice or getting too cold. Runner’s World suggests that runners jog on fresh snow rather than ice or packed snow to reduce slipping or falling. Also, don’t stress if you need to cut your run short. It takes more energy to run in snowy conditions as the intensity is much higher.
San Antonio’s climate isn’t exactly synonymous with cold and snow, but winters here can still be chilly. Staying warm in the cold weather is just as important as keeping cool in the heat, so dressing appropriately can make or break your run. Stay away from cotton in the cold weather; it holds moisture and will keep you wet. Instead, wear a moisture wicking material like polypropylene to keep perspiration away from your skin and your body dry. Freezing hands and ears are never fun, so have gloves or mittens to keep your fingers toasty and wear a beanie or earmuffs to protect your ears.
Running in San Antonio’s heat could be dangerous, but if you’re well prepared and plan the right way, your body will acclimate to running in any kind of weather. There are several factors that come into play when running in the heat, but staying hydrated is your biggest tool for success. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your run. In addition to staying hydrated, dress in light colors and wear loose fitting clothing to keep your body cool. To protect your skin from San Antonio’s strong sun, don’t forget to apply waterproof sunscreen and wear a hat with ventilation that allows the heat to escape from your head.
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