This sprimmer (spring & summer- I swear it's catching on) has been the definition of gloom. Sure, we had a few nice days (I'm located on the East Coast), but overall, I'd give this sprimmer a 6/10. As a person that chooses running as my preferred method of sweating, I have been struggling with motivation this season. Normally, I relish in 65 degree spring days, extending my runs by hours (yes, hours), and appreciating the beauty of nature's seasonal shift. This sprimmer, I have been battling allergies that never seemed to exist before, and playing "how accurate is the hour-by-hour forecast?" (hint: never that accurate). Here are some of my running tips for this blah kind of weather.
- Run when it is nice, do NOT trust the forecast. If you wake up at 7am and it is sunny, make hay while the sun shines.
- If it is raining when you wake up and you want to gamble on it clearing by the evening, I'm #praying4u.
- If it is just raining AND above 60 degrees, you're definitely okay to run outside, I don't think you'll melt (but, then again, I don't know you).
- Wear your brightest shirt (so cars can see you), spandex bottoms (to avoid wet shorts thigh chafing), your oldest sneakers (because they will get muddy), and ideally a dri-fit baseball hat (but any baseball cap will do). Hats work wonders for keeping the rain out of your eyes, and if you have long hair, braid your ponytail or risk creating a wet rat's nest of hair. Moisture-wicking fabric is your friend on rainy days!
- Be extra mindful of cars if you're running on roads, people seem to drive extra reckless when it's raining.
- If it is just raining, but too cold (i.e. the prospect of getting drenched does not sound refreshing) wait it out or find an indoor option (more on this later).
- Don't fuck with thunder and lightning, find an indoor option.
- Indoor options:
- If you're privileged enough to belong to a gym, take advantage of that membership, this is one of the reasons you fork out $x a month-don't let that money go to waste! I'm a huge fan of ArcTrainers/ellipticals/spinning/swimming.
- Do something at home. Get creative with your cardio (cleaning/vaccuuming) and lifting (handwashing clothing/baking/cooking), recruit your partner and do some yoga (clothing entirely optional), do some solo yoga (I highly recommend Yoga with Adriene), or simply YouTube fitness videos (Blogilates). There are so many fitness YouTubers with great, free videos to help get you sweaty.
- Make it your rest day & foam roll/recuperate/wallow in the weather.
I did not make hay while the sun shone this morning, so I've got on my neon shirt, spandex, and ballcap. See you in the streets.