We are finally moving into spring and as we do, I thought I’d share some tips for warm weather workouts (or runs). Note, I said warm, not HOT. That’s a post for another day. However, if your winter has looked anything like mine, you’ve had pretty much nothing but ridiculously cold runs. Now as the weather is turning (thank goodness!) there are some tips you should keep in mind.
- Hydrate all the time. Hydration is SO important — all the time, but especially as the temperatures heat up. The key is to remember that hydration is important not just during and after your run or workout, but leading up to it as well! I drink an absolutely crazy amount of water during the day. But it helps keep me hydrated — when I actually feel thirsty, I know I’m REALLY behind in my hydration.
- Dress with the end of your run or workout in mind. What do I mean? I mean that spring is notorious for large temperature swings throughout the day. You may begin a run in 38 degree temps and end it in 50 degree temps — that’s a big difference! How do you combat that? Layer up! Personally, I find that running with my Oiselle arm warmers is a perfect solution — the arm warmers help keep me warm when I’m starting out, but then can easily be rolled down if I get too warm. Plus, they’re stinking cute (and good for wiping sweat on the run!).
- Think beyond just water. Have you ever finished working out or running and noticed you have white streaks on your forehead? That’s salt you’ve lost. Yeah. So in order to help combat that, I recommend you take in a beverage that will help replace lost electrolytes. Everyone has their favorites, but I’m partial to Nuun. I love it so much that I’ll often just drink it in my water during the day.
- Take your time easing into the weather. It may feel harder than normal, you may be slower than normal and it just might suck a bit for those first few warmer weather runs. Don’t be discouraged if that’s the case — just know your body is getting used to the weather and soon it’ll feel like it should!
What tips do you have for transitioning into working out or running in warmer weather?