Spring, you are finally here. Winter, it’s been real. But we are over. Done. Through. Sure, you gave us snowmen, hot chocolate, and cozy fireplaces, but let’s face it, we’re runners! We like running outside, and we couldn’t handle your cold demeanor or your icy disposition any longer. You’re kind of hard to get along with! And you were really cramping our running style. Bye Felicia!
Even though we may not be experiencing springlike weather immediately, it is encouraging to know that the worst weather is hopefully behind us. And now that we can look forward to sunnier, warmer days ahead, it’s got us thinking. What exactly does spring mean for runners?
1. Ease in. That’s right, pace yourself. Don’t get too stoked on the first warm day of the year and push yourself too hard too fast. That’s how injuries are made and dreams are shattered. If winter caused you to miss much of your training, you may be a little out of shape. It happens to the best of us, don’t be down on yourself! Just take care, and take your time in building up your endurance again.
2. Warmer days. Which in turn means ditching some of those layers. If you’re lucky, spring can mean short sleeves and shorts, but let’s face it, spring is not completely free of snowy offenses. Don’t pack away your warm running gear completely! Spring can turn out to be unpredictable when it comes to weather. Instead, start thinking of new layering pieces that will allow you to be protected and yet not over burdened with bulk. Lightweight water-resistant jackets and breathable midlayers are handy and easy to stow should you get too warm.
3. More sunshine. It’s been a long, cold, lonely winter. Here comes the sun, do do do do. You’ll be needing more sun protection as the days get longer and the weather allows for more bright, sunny runs. Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and clothing with UPF will all help to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. We all love soaking up the sun and getting some healthy vitamin D, so get out and enjoy it! Just be safe about it.
4. Allergy season. Spring means flowers. Flowers mean blossoms. Blossoms mean pollen. Pollen means allergies. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, now’s the time to start back up with your allergy medication. It also never hurts to avoid being outdoors for a run on days with a forecast of high pollen content or high winds.
5. Colorful awakening. Farewell to the droll, grey tones of winter! Finally, the time of year has come when bright, vibrant colors reign. Time to spruce up your running wardrobe with crazy prints and colorful fabrics. ‘Tis the season.