In our first post on spring running we set out tips on how to motivate yourself to get back running, in our second post on spring running we have covered tips to get you back into the groove of running. In this third post we cover tips in relation to dealing with the conditions you face and provide some advice on preparing for spring's changing weather.
Spring Weather & how to choose Running Clothes to suit the conditions
Spring can be a deceptive time of the year in terms of weather. It can look sunny and warm from the window but stepping outside can reveal a cooler experience. The key to dressing for the elements is to dress in layers. About.com covered an excellent guide to winter running and we can review this with some slight adaption for Spring weather.
Wicking Base Layer: The layer closest to your body should be made from a synthetic wicking material, such as DryFit, Thinsulate, Thermax, CoolMax, polypropolene, or silk. This will wick the sweat away from your body, keeping you dry and warm. It's very important to make sure you don't wear cotton for this layer because once it gets wet, you'll stay wet.
Insulating Layer: Your second or middle layer, which is needed for very cold weather (minus degrees Celsius), should be an insulating material, such as fleece. This layer must continue wicking moisture away from the skin. It should have the perfect balance of trapping some air to keep your warm, yet release enough vapor or heat to avoid overheating. Some fabrics suggested for your second layer: Akwatek, Dryline, Polartec, polyester fleece, Microfleece, Thermafleece and Thermax. In spring you should not have such cold weather apart from the early morning, so this layer can be dispensed with or a lighter Microfleece can aid in cool weather.
Wind- and Water-proof Outer Layer: This layer should protect you against wind and moisture (rain, sleet, snow), but at the same time allow both heat and moisture to escape to prevent both overheating and chilling. It's a good idea to wear a jacket with a zipper for this layer, so that you can regulate your temperature by zipping it up and down. Suggested outer layers: ClimaFit, Gore-Tex, Microsuplex, nylon, Supplex, and Windstopper.
So tips for running in the wind rain and sun