Tips for Running in Bad Weather

Keep running in hot, cold, rainy, or snowy weather

Don't let the hot, cold, rainy, or snowy weather give you an excuse not to run. It's possible to run when the weather isn't perfect, as long as you take the proper steps.

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A rainy forecast doesn't mean you have to take your runs inside. One of the best pieces of running gear for a rainy run is a hat with a brim. It'll keep the race off your face, allowing you to see, even if it's really coming down.

Get more tips on how to dress for running in the rain, whether it's an important race or a training run.

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Running in cold weather can help shake those winter blues, improve your energy level, and guarantee that you'll be in better shape once bathing suit season rolls around. It's important to dress properly for cold weather. Your head, hands, and feet especially need proper protection during frigid runs, so make sure you invest in a good winter running hat, running gloves, and winter running socks.

Get even more tips to run safely and comfortably through cold weather.

Also see: Tips for Racing in Cold Weather


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Running in hot weather can put you at risk for dehydration, heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses. Proper hydration and taking it easy are the keys to avoiding problems, so be sure to dress properly for hot weather running and follow these precautions.

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If you'd like to run outside in the winter, but you worry about slipping on sliding on the snow and ice, there are still ways you can get outside and be safe. The usual cold weather running safety rules apply, but you also need to take some additional steps so you keep your feet warm and avoid slipping and falling. One strategy that a lot of runners use when running in snowy or icy conditions is to wear trail running shoes for more stability and traction.


Any runner who has slogged through a humid run knows how difficult and potentially dangerous it can be. When the humidity is high, the air can't absorb more water, so your sweat can’t evaporate and produce a cooling effect. 

One strategy that makes a difference is to get acclimatized to the humid weather. If you live in an area where rough winter weather makes it difficult to train outdoors, start running outside as soon as you can. Your body will gradually adjust to the weather as it warms up rather than shocking your system by going from comfortable indoor running to hot, humid weather outdoors. Start off with shorter, slower runs in the humid weather and then gradually build up your pace and distance. While some treadmill running is fine on extremely hot and high humidity days, try to run outside for at least a couple runs every week so your body stays acclimatized.

Get even more tips for what to do before, during, and after your runs in humid weather so you can train, but still stay safe and avoid heat-related illnesses.

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