I am going to go ahead and declare that spring is here. Power of positive thinking right?!
Every year when I transition from winter running to spring running, I feel like I want to share the small tweaks that make it a success … this year I am actually doing it!
1. Socks. You know those super heavy winter socks that you have been wearing … get rid of them. There is nothing worse than hot feet on a run. Find your lighter weight socks and do a happy dance while you put them on
- Once you have those lighter socks on, make sure your shoes fit! They will be looser, but also keep in mind that the warmer weather brings swelling feet. You may just have to tighten up the laces a bit.
- Spring is also a great time to break out the lighter running shoes. I am NOT saying to take your zero drop sneaks out for a 10 miler, but start rotating in some lighter weight running shoes to your shorter runs and see how it feels.
3. Layer. The weather is confusing in the spring, it feels cold when you step outside but once you start running its warm. I always wear a tank with a long sleeve layered over it. That way I can take the long sleeve off and tie it around my waist when I’m hot.
4. Don’t forget the tissue. Spring brings runny noses, its a fact and its annoying while your running. Do yourself a favor and carry along a kleenex.
5. Break away from the treadmill. You spent months on that thing in the winter, now is the time to go outside. Find a running route close to you and rock it.
6. Don’t be afraid of the rain. If you have never run in the rain you are missing out. Its delightful and makes you feel pretty bad ass 🙂 Something to remember, wear a hat or sunglasses … getting pelted in the eyes with rain drops will take the fun right out of it!
And for the MOST important …
7. Pace Yourself! When spring hits and the sun is on my face I feel like i could run forever, but the truth is that I generally need to build myself back up from a winter lull.
The worst thing you can do is dive right into running 6 days a week when you ran only 2 in the winter. Ease into it, build yourself back up. A general rule of thumb is to increase your weekly mileage by 10% every week.
Now go out there and soak up some sunny miles!!