I love the treadmill, but now that the sun is out and the days are longer, I also love running around the park in the Spring. The air smells great, and I'm rewarded with great views once I huff and puff my way up the hillier parts of my route.
What I don't love so much, however, is the cold San Francisco air that's been blasting me while I run outside. I hate running into a headwind, especially if there's cold fog to go with it. Is the blustery Spring air also frustrating you? Here are some tips of dealing with the wind while you run.
- Remember it's a fun challenge. Running inside can be easier because not only is the treadmill helping pull your feet back, but you don't have to deal with any varying elements likes uneven roads or crazy gusts of wind. But when you're outside battling it out with the wind, remembering that you are burning more calories and increasing your endurance with each step can help you learn to love it.
- Dress for it. Make sure the gear you're wearing is wind-optimized. Wear running leggings or slim shorts, headbands that keep your ears nice and warm, a hairstyle that keeps your hair out of the way, and headphones that stay put even when the wind is whipping around you.
- Head into the wind first. This is an especially good strategy when it's cold outside since it'll decrease your chances of frostbite, but even when it's not so cold outside, running into the wind still has its advantages — you'll be conquering the hardest part of your run when your energy is at its peak, and you won't feel so uncomfortable with chilly wind blowing on you while you sweat.
Are you a fan of running in the wind?