April showers

Cathleen Kronemer, NSCA-CPT, Certified Health Coach, is a longtime fitness instructor at the Jewish Community Center. She is also a member of the St. Louis Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

By Cathleen Kronemer, NSCA-CPT

It’s that time of year again — here come the marathons!! For many avid runners, springtime heralds the official start of outdoor activity. The sunny days are more prevalent, the evening daylight hours are extended, and the warmer temperatures make being outdoors much more inviting. Yet these early spring months can also be a mixed blessing, especially when a chilly drizzle begins.

Perhaps the hardest part about running in the rain is simply getting started. While it may be tempting to hear the weather report and just roll over in bed and go back to sleep, there are ways to overcome the inconvenience of the raindrops and still have a great run. Dressing in layers is particularly important, especially if the rain is accompanied by chilly temperatures. However, take care not to overdress, as you will find yourself burdened with wet clothes that become very heavy as they soak up the water. A hat with a brim can be a great asset in this weather, as visibility is very important. Even in a heavy downpour, a brim will keep the water off our your face, allowing you to see where you are going at all times

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If running with music is one of the key aspects of your motivation, be sure to keep your iPod in a plastic bag or other waterproof carrying case. If you are carrying a cell phone for emergencies, bring along a Ziploc bag and keep the phone stored securely.

As tempting as it may be to wear a waterproof rain slicker as your outermost layer, this will merely serve to trap moisture, a definite deterrent in a longer run. Instead, opt for a rain-resistant and wind-resistant jacket or vest.

That old adage of “slippery when wet” definitely has merit here! White lines painted on streets will be more slippery in rainy conditions than the rest of the black roadway, so exercise caution when running on main roads. Puddles are notorious for hiding potholes from view, so avoid any deep depressions in the road where uneven pavement may be lurking.

If you are dedicated to the sport of running, don’t let a little springtime rain stand in the way of your workout. Hold onto your strong training ethic, and let a smile be your umbrella!

Cathleen Kronemer, NSCA-CPT, is a longtime fitness instructor at the Jewish Community Center.