7 Tips For Running In The Wind
OK, I'll be the first one to admit it - I hate running in the wind. Somehow, it's alright if I'm running along the beach - but that's another story. But, running on windy days is something that we all have to learn to cope with. Here are some tips for running in the wind.
1. Plan your run so that you start out heading out facing into the wind. This gives you a little extra work-out with the resistance heading out. Doing this will also help you on the way back. You'll be a little tired from the extra energy exerted - so the wind will help push you on your way back.
2. Lean into the wind. If you lean into the wind - it will help deflect it a little. Think car racing. If you're not running totally upright, you 'll have some resistance against the wind.
3. Relax your shoulders. Many runners want to run tense up and lift their shoulders when running during windy days. Keeping your shoulders will help keep you from having muscle soreness in your neck and shoulders after your run.
4. Remember that your pace will be slower with the wind in your face. But, then, you'll be faster once you turn around! Studies show 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%. This was done at 10 mph winds - so imagine the workout you're getting at 25 mph winds! Just know that it's OK if you're running slower - but remember you may be getting a better workout with the extra resistance.
5. Drink your water. On windy days - the wind will dry the sweat from you. Remember that sweat on your skin in a good thing for cooling your body. So, be sure you're keeping up with your water intake.
6. Dress for the wind. This is especially if you are running in a cold wind. Make sure that you are dressing in layers - you need to protect yourself from wind chill. Your top layer should be sort kind of technical, wind-resistant material to help with this.Also, remember to wear lip balm to help keep moisture in your lips. Trust me, dry and cracked lips are not fun. I always keep a tube in my pocket. If you're on the road for awhile, it will wear off - plus if you stop for water, you need to reapply your lip balm.
7. Try to run in the early morning if you know it's going to be a windy day. This helps me SO much. It seems that around dawn, the winds settle down. If it's been windy all night - they let up for a little bit. If it's going to be a windy day - they usually don't kick up until later in the morning.Running in the wind doesn't have to be all that bad. Just follow the above tips and I'm sure you'll be fine!