Thursday, January 26, 2012

EricG's Running Tips #30 It's Too Cold To Run Outside

If it's raining, snowing or just plain freezing out people always ask me if I run outside in this weather. Uhhhhh, YEAH! Its not that I always like running when it's nasty out. I do hit the dreadmill on occasion. There are a couple of reasons I do get out on the road or trails in the most imperfect conditions.
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  1. It's important to be prepared for anything on race day. It would be nice if we had 50 and sunny every time but that's just not the way it works. I along with many of you have shown up on race day when perfect weather has turned nasty, from 100 degree temperatures to 33 degrees and raining sideways. It will be much easier to deal with it mentally if you have been there before and have the proper gear.
  2. I have had some of my most epic runs in rough weather. These include planned runs during the year's first snow to getting caught by surprise in nasty thunder storms. Sometimes it's worth taking the chance just to create a great memory.
  3. I actually find that running in adverse condition, cold, heat, snow and rain builds confidence. If I can run in this stuff, I can run in anything.
So don't fear a little precipitation, chill in the air or shoe melting heat.  Prepare properly, adjust your run accordingly, wear the right gear and you will surely build lasting memories and confidence for race day.


1 comment:

  1. Nearly every one of my most epic rides and runs over the past 30 years had at least a little to do with weather. From running through a snowstorm to riding through incredible winds (a driver once rolled down a window in a downpour to tell me that there were tornadoes spotted in the area). There's just something about facing adversity head-on that makes you feel invincible!


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