I have discussed my tendency to “fairweather running” many times on the blog, most notably with my refusal to run in the rain. However, seeing weather conditions experienced by runners throughout the world, I realized that “fairweather running” is, like most things, a matter of perspective. Living in Florida, what is normal running conditions for me is inconceivable elsewhere. Today I’m sharing about when I stay and when I go when Mother Nature calls.
Feeling Hot Hot Hot
When you live in the Sunshine State, it’s pretty much always hot. Most experts will advise to shelve running efforts when it hits 85F, but that would cancel about seven months of running here. What’s a Floridian to do?
Do I Stay Or Do I Go? Heat is not a reason for me to stay in. The caveat is I will try to get most of my running done before the sun really starts blazing. When I have to be out in temps higher than I prefer, I just slow it down and listen to my body to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
When It’s Cold As Ice
Shockingly, it does get cold in my area. We have temperatures dip as low as the 20s, if not the teens, although it doesn’t last long. As a result, I do own a small stash of leggings, gloves, ear warmers, and fleece tops, and I am not afraid to use them.
Do I Stay or Do I Go? I play the cold by ear. I have Raynaud’s Syndrome, so I do have to be careful of my hands and feet. In the winter, I tend to push my runs a bit later, so the sun can work for me and eliminate some of the chill. It’s so rare to have cold days, though, that I do try to make my runs happen to take advantage.
Here Comes The Rain Again
Like the Wicked Witch of the West, I am not a fan of rain. Where I live, it’s never refreshing (see also: sprinklers), as it just adds wetness to the already abundant sweat. Then comes the chafing, and the extra misery. Count me out.
Do I Stay or Do I Go? Ugh. The truth is, if I wake up for a run and it’s already raining out, I turn off the alarm and go back to sleep. If I am out and it starts raining, I will suck it up, although I might cut my route short. I’m not ashamed to admit I am a sissy about rain.
Let It Snow
Yes! Let it snow! Oh, I do love the snow, and I love running in it. Granted, it’s not something I get the opportunity to do often, so I’m like a little kid when I see flurries. There’s something so fresh about the air and so joyous about the flakes that it makes the run extra special for me.
Should I Stay or Should I Go? If it snows, I go! It’s so rare that I get the chance to see snow that running in it is a special and desirable experience. Yes, it’s slippery and I do have to be more careful of ice and slipping, but I am here for the snow.
Rock You Like A Hurricane
The big weather anomaly we have is hurricanes. Hurricanes comes with a plethora of characteristics: torrential rain, pummeling wind, hail, lightning, tornadoes, and the list goes on. On the flip side, right before they strike, hurricanes also bring low pressure, gorgeous cool breezes, and a break from high temperatures. This makes it perfect for running (and surfing), but believe me. It’s all a trap.
Do I Stay or Do I Go? When the hurricane hits, stay home! It’s especially important to avoid going out when the eye of the storm passes over (it could take minutes, or it could take an hour, and believe me, it’s beautiful and calm), but then you’re right back in harm’s way. Not only do you have to stay safe from the above weather conditions, you also have to worry about things like displaced wildlife and downed power lines. Wait until the entire storm has passed and your area has the all clear before making a move.
How do you feel about subpar weather when running? What are conditions in which you absolutely will not run?
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