Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Spring Is Coming!

The weather is starting to get warmer, daylight savings time is this weekend, and outdoor track will start soon. This is the time of year that messes with our bodies and breaks us down. The changes in temperature tend to cause colds, sinus infections, sore throats etc... One of the main reasons runners get sick this time of year is because of what they wear when they run.

So many runners start heading out in shorts and t-shirts when it's 38-40 degrees. They do so because they are used to a winter of below 20 degrees and very cold. So, 38-40 degrees feels very warm. In reality, such temperatures are still cold and require proper clothing attire. Although you think it's warm, your body still reacts to the colder temperatures, breaks down, and reacts by giving you a cold or something worse.

A general rule of thumb to follow is if it's below 45 degrees, you should wear a hat or headband on your head. Cover as much of your body as well. Wear a long sleeve shirt and tights. For some, gloves may still be needed to keep the hands and wrists warm. Worse case scenario is that you sweat more than usual. Coming back from a run with wet clothes from sweating is better than coming home sick!

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