weeks months of waiting, fall is here! (Maybe even a hint of winter too.) So after almost 6 months of running in the heat, it was time to adjust to running in cooler weather. Some days were fine, others were kind of tricky. Isn’t it kind of hard to remember what to wear in certain temperatures?
Here are some reminders for adjusting to running in cooler weather:
Pay attention to wind: Over the summer I never really look at the wind because it doesn’t make a huge difference in how the temperature feels. Once it gets colder, the wind can make a big difference. 45 degrees and calm feels much different from 45 degrees with wind.
Sun will warm you up quickly: When I run early in the morning it can feel pretty chilly, but if I run a little later on the weekends the sun can really warm things up. I always need to remember to dress for warmer weather on those days when the sun is out.
Use accessories to keep you warm: I like to start with less clothes (shorts/t-shirts) and then add on things like compression socks, headbands, gloves, arm-warmers, etc. This way you don’t overheat but can also remove some of those things during your run if needed.
And one final reminder: You can still chafe even if it’s cooler outside! I made this mistake last week. I wore shorts and it was finally cooler and less humid so I skipped the body glide. Not a good choice. It was probably because it was still a little humid and my thighs are a little bigger than usual thanks to pregnancy but now I just need to remember that it takes 2 seconds to add some body glide before every run.
Now, let’s take a look at last week’s workouts:
Monday: 4 miles + Strength Training
Tuesday: 6 miles
Wednesday: 4 miles + Strength Training
Thursday: 5 miles
Friday: 7 miles
Saturday: 3 miles
Total: 29 miles
Remember when I said I was starting a “pregnancy taper”? And then I only ran 1 mile less than last week? Oops. I don’t really plan out my runs for the week and just do what I feel like/what I have time for each morning, so by the time Saturday rolled around I realized I had run quite a bit already this week. I also ran on Sunday of last week which means I ran 7 days in a row.
It worked out to do a much shorter run on Saturday because we had childbirth class all day. It was mostly informative but just a really long day. While I read some books about what to expect it was helpful to hear the information and also see/practice some of the different relaxation strategies.
Anyway- back to the workouts. It was nice to have some cooler weather this week but on Friday it felt more like winter than fall! Luckily Saturday was back up to the 50s. I have a very limited amount of winter running clothes that fit right now so I’m hoping it doesn’t get too cold before the end of December! Or I’ll just be wearing the same running clothes for all my runs.
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What other reminders do you have for running in cooler weather?
If you have kids did you attend childbirth class?
Ever run more than you planned in a week just because you’re not keeping track?