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KEEPING SAFE WHILE RUNNING IN THE RAIN
If you insist on training outdoors during the rainy season, be sure
to take a few precautions to avoid injury.
With all the unusual weather patterns around the country, those who
have been training on treadmills may have had enough indoor exercise
by early spring and insist on being outside again. Being in the
real world training is especially important for those that are conditioning
their bodies for marathons or races. Here are a few guidelines to help
avoid injury when training in unique weather conditions:
- Purchase a parka or light water resistant cover to keep the warmth
inside. Even a trash bag will do.
- Wear a head cover that will keep your head dry.
- You may wear leg tights. Do not wear heavy cotton sweats. Cotton
sweats will just become water logged and weight you down.
- If you drive to a location to run, take along some dry clothes to
wear home. Even though you are wet, you are still perspiring and your
pores are open. Do not stand around and visit with running mates. Turn
on your car heater and head for home. Take a hot shower and get the
chill out of your body.
- For best results, run from your home or a location where you can
shower and change into warm clothes. Time your run for a 30 or 45-minute
trip. Remember to run half the time you allotted for yourself, turn
around and head back.
- This is not a time to run tempo speed changes or race for time on
your local running path.
- Run in safe, well-lighted areas at night. Do not run off the streets
where you know flood conditions may appear at a moment's notice.
- Stay on sidewalks and refrain from running across flooded intersections.
- Always carry identification and the name of a person (and phone number)
to notify in an emergency.
If you take these simple precautions, the rain doesn't just have to
be for "ducks"! Click
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