Training outdoors in all weathers has its benefits. Once you overcome the initial transition from your comfortable home to battling the elements outdoors you will find that you can no longer spend a whole day cooped up indoors. You will long for the great outdoors no matter what the weather man or girl predicts for the day. After all its what we are designed for. Its natural, healthy and eco-friendly, so why let getting wet or cold and blown about by the wind bother you? Having said that there is nothing wrong with trying to make your outdoor training experience a little more comfortable. The following tips will help you prepare for all weather training and make that transition from your comfy arm chair to the alfresco lifestyle less intimidating.
- Running Shoes: If your training is going to consist of road running and road running only I would suggest you seek out a pair of running shoes. Don’t go for the cheapest pair. You do generally get what you pay for with running shoes. There are some good specialist shops that will observe you walking and recommend a pair that matches your jogging/running style. However, you will pay more for the pleasure. If you are looking to spend a little less, then most sports shops sell a range of good shoes. Make sure they are running shoes. Cross training shoes will do the job but running shoes are designed for forward motion with an emphasis on thicker heels and soles to help propel you forward. If you start getting really serious then run coaches recommend that you change them at least every 6 months, worn or incorrect trainers can affect your knees, hips and lower back.
- Trail Running Shoes: If you are running on all surfaces I highly recommend a pair of trail running shoes. The increased grip and support will improve your safety and performance in all weathers. Particularly if you plan on taking part in any obstacle runs such as tough mudder.
- Clothing: In the summer, a t-shirt and shorts will suffice. Sleeveless t-shirts will allow you more of a free range of movement but remember to get some sun block on those shoulders. In the winter, a long sleeved base layer with a t-shirt over the top will be enough to keep your core warm. If it is really cold a hat and gloves will make the world of difference. In the rain you may want a waterproof top but try to get a breathable one or you will just get too hot. Personally, I usually don’t bother with one. The rain is actually a lovely coolant when your sweating your socks off! I would definitely avoid wearing baggy clothes too. If they get wet it can really slow you down and they can become very uncomfortable.