Another Mother Runner

Adjusting to Warmer Weather

Runners living in the South are already running in shorts and short sleeves—or tutus and tanks—but us Northern runners are just coming out of hibernation from a long, hard winter. Although the buds on the trees and higher temps couldn’t be more welcome, adjusting to running in warmer weather takes a little time and thought.

How to Ease the Transition

  • On that first day when the temperature skyrockets to 70, realize that you might not feel like a spring chicken. Your body is used to running in colder weather—or on the treadmill—and the heat will definitely influence your pace and perceived effort. (Read: You’ll likely go slower and it’ll feel harder.) It generally takes about 10 runs to acclimate to warmer weather, so put yourself in “transition” mentality.
  • If you’re—achoo!—an allergy sufferer, minimize your discomfort by running before the sun comes up or after it goes down; pollen count tends to peak midday. Also, be sure to take your meds before you run. (And if it’s just too much, head for the clean air and the treadmill.)
  • Carry a water bottle on most runs, even if you’re just going out for a few miles and you feel like you might not need it. Better to be hydrated than sorry.
  • Protect your skin, both with sunscreen and sports glide. You’re likely going to expose skin that hasn’t seen the light of day in months, which means it’s susceptible to both sunburn and chafing. Cover all your exposed skin in sunscreen, minus your forehead; a sweat/sunscreen combo dripping into your eyes is pretty unpleasant. (Wear a hat or visor to grab your perspiration from your brow.) Use lube anywhere skin has the potential to rub on skin: between your legs, in your armpits, in/and around a sports bra. Be generous in your application; you won’t regret it.

Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell are the authors of Another Mother Runner and official contributors to runDisney.