How to Run in the Spring

Connie McKinney By Connie McKinney, 30th Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2dt0sum0/
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Spring is a great time to put on some running shoes and go for a run outside. Learn how to make the most of your running routine during this time of the year.

Spring Running

Flowers are blooming, birds are singing and runners are flocking to streets, sidewalks and trails.
Spring is one of the best times for runners. Temperatures are often ideal for running - not too hot and not too cold. Runners can run outside without worrying about shivering, slipping on snow or ice or sweating excessively on a hot day.
Some runners hibernate throughout the winter. Some don't run at all, although I don't recommend this. Some runners run inside on treadmills - a great way to stay in shape all winter long. Then there are the diehard runners who run outside all winter long through the cold and snow. See how to run in the winter
Once spring rolls around, even the hibernating runners lace up their running shoes again and head outside. Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal. Runners can't wait to get outside and enjoy the sight of blooming flowers, the smell of fresh cut grass and the sounds of children playing outside once again.
Here are some ways to get motivated if you've stopped running during the winter:

What to Wear


Spring is a time for shedding heavy layers of clothes. Wear a light jacket, a short-sleeved t-shirt underneath the jacket and a light pair of sweat pants. Depending on the weather, you can dispense with the jacket and run in your shirt sleeves. Wear shorts and tights if it's still a little cool. Or go right to the shorts, if it's warm enough.
When in doubt, dress in light layers: a light jacket and a short-sleeved t-shirt under that and a light pair of sweat pants. That way, you can take the jacket off if you get too warm.
Spring temperatures tend to be cool and comfortable- usually in the 50s or 60s. But it's not unusual for temperatures to rise into the hot, summer range. Be careful when running on warm days. See how to run in the heat

What to Watch Out For


This past winter was a rough one with lots of snow and cold. That means more potholes than usual plus more cracks and heaving on sidewalks. Watch out for potholes, cracks and uneven sidewalks.
Plenty of sand and salt was dumped on streets and sidewalks to melt snow and ice. A lot of sand and salt is still there. If you have any breathing problems such as asthma, you may want to wear a respirator until the sand and salt is cleared away. See how to run with asthma.
Watch out for mud. Avoid running on the grass until at least the end of May. Otherwise, you may find yourself sinking into the mud.
If you're careful, spring time running can be a lot of fun. Don't forget to stop and smell the flowers.

Here are some more articles I've done about running:
How to run in the fall
How to Run Your First 5K
From Beginner to Runner

Attribution


The pictures came from Morgue file.
The video came from You Tube.
I used my own experiences as a longtime runner for the tips and advice provided here.

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Run, Runner, Runners, Running, Running Advice, Running Tips

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I enjoy exercising, pets, and volunteering as well as writing about these topics and others.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
30th Apr 2014 (#)

good advice...thank you Connie...

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
30th Apr 2014 (#)

looks me bro's legs in the pic!!!!! 64 and he still runs miles bless him...

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author avatar Jerry Walch
30th Apr 2014 (#)

70 and still running!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
30th Apr 2014 (#)

Run like the wind, Connie! Enjoy it!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
1st May 2014 (#)

Nice advice Connie, very well take your medication for allergies its another good point too, you rock love!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
1st May 2014 (#)

Thanks, Phyl, Fern, Jerry and Carolina. Running is great exercise.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
1st May 2014 (#)

Great article, thanks Connie..:0)

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author avatar Connie McKinney
2nd May 2014 (#)

Thanks, Delicia. Spring is a great time of year to get outside and run or just walk and enjoy the beauty of the season.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
3rd May 2014 (#)

Get off our site you Chinese spammer!!!

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author avatar Carol
5th May 2014 (#)

Great tips Connie, many thanks

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th May 2014 (#)

I feel refreshed after reading this uplifting post, Connie. I am in humid Asia but enjoy couple of months cool weather and also rainy ones. I do brisk walking mostly but slow down in summer due to heat and humidity - siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
13th May 2014 (#)

Thank you, Siva. Keep on walking. It's great exercise.

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