Some people flock to the treadmills in inclement weather, while some prefer to face whatever obstacles Mother Nature throws at them and hit the pavement.
Running in the wind isn’t fun for everyone and, unfortunately, it’s not something that you can control. The only way to master this force of nature is to adjust your mindset and plan ahead. Let’s take a look at some of the best tips for running in the wind:
Plan Your Route
Failing to plan is planning to fail. Make sure your route is planned in such a way that you will be able to start out by running into the wind. This way the gusting forces will aid your running during the second half of your route. The wind will push you forward and give you that added strength to complete your run.
Look for Barriers
If you have the luxury of running a wooded trail, windy days might be the perfect time. This way the ‘grown-up’ trees might form a bit of a barrier and lead to an easier run.
Face the Pace
It’s important to grasp how the wind force can alter your pace. Don’t expect to be running at the same speed as when you are on a treadmill.
“It is said that your pace can increase by about 5% with the wind at your back, but when you are running into the wind your pace can decrease by about 8%.” – jillwillrun.com
Don’t expect too much from yourself and your body during these running sessions; rather, see it as a fun challenge.
Dress the Part
Running in the wind can lead to a lot of distractions, from hair flying all over your face to being under-dressed for piercing cold gushes. Plan ahead by dressing comfortably and choose a hairstyle that won’t hinder your progress.
Stay Hydrated Inside and Out
Even though you may not realize it, running in the wind can have an effect on your overall hydration. Prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water and protecting your skin with moisturizer, sun screen, and lip balm.
Running in the wind may be a bit of a challenge, but don’t forget all the rewards. Pushing your body will lead to greater progress as running in the wind creates more resistance, which leads to burning more calories.
Do you stay indoors when it’s windy or do you still run outside?